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June 2014 eNewsletter

In this issue: we talk with activist Kathleen Saadat about the importance of coalition work and welcome a new staff member to the Center.

As courts across the country strike down discriminatory prohibitions for same sex couples to marry, it is an incredible time to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month! While I'm excited to celebrate the LGBTQ community, I know we still have work to do to achieve justice. As Kathleen Saadat reminded me in our interview "the fight is never over." Let's toast to a joyous pride month and refuel to keep organizing for a more just society for all of our communities.

Happy Pride!

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Kelley Weigel, Executive Director


What do we learn when we work collectively?

Kathleen SaadatWe interview reknown activist Kathleen Saadat and ask her what we have learned from winning the freedom to marry in Oregon, how LGBTQ issues are immigrant issues, and the need for drivers cards in Oregon. One question she asks organizers to answer is "figure out what courage means to you." Read more here.

We don’t just train leaders, we develop them!

Have you ever attended one of the Center's training? Have you been able to apply lessons learned from our conference, Activist Mobilizing for Power, into your current work? If so, then you know the Center is committed to developing smart and effective leaders. But doing so requires a team effort; join me by investing in the growth and leadership of activists and organizers here.

Goodbye & Hello

Rosa 2013We bid farewell to Rosa Yadira Ortiz, Development and Communications Manager. Rosa provided great leadership in managing the Center's grants portfolio and assisting in grassroots fundraising and outreach. We wish her all the best as she returns home to Chicago.

Jamee tempWe welcome Jamee Greer as the new Community Relations and Resource Development staff member. Jamee brings a wealth of experience as an organizer and lobbyist with Montana Human Rights Network. Read more about Jamee's background here.

News from the Region

Montanans are in the homestretch of signature gathering to mandate the state accept federal assistance to expand Medicaid to an estimated 77,000 additional low-income Montanas. Contact our partners at Montana Women Vote or Montana Human Rights Network to get involved before the June 20th deadline. Read more here.

Our friends at Basic Rights Oregon have been hard at work. In May, we celebrated the freedom to marry for all Oregonians and rejoiced at the overturning the 1989 Medicare policy categorically excluding transition-related medical procedures. Read more here.

147! That's how many votes it took to defend the non-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination in Pocatello, Idaho. Congratulations to all the organizers on this awesome victory! Read more here.

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