GLAA to Councilmembers: sign Phil Mendelson's letter to Congress opposing vouchers
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GLAA to Councilmembers:
Sign Phil Mendelson's letter to Congress opposing vouchers

From:Craig Howell for Mitch Wood
Sent:Sunday, March 27, 2011 5:01 PM
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Subject:GLAA Asks You to Add Your Name to Mr. Mendelson's Letter to Congress Opposing Vouchers

Dear Councilmember:

Mr. Mendelson is currently circulating among you a letter to the Hill opposing pending congressional legislation that would re-impose a taxpayer-funded voucher program for religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia. The Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) urges you to sign on to this joint letter as quickly as possible, since the House is scheduled to take up the relevant legislation in the next day or two.

I have attached copies of the letters that GLAA and a dozen other local grassroots organizations sent to the House and Senate on March 22 protesting this legislation. (Since these letters were sent, Metro DC PFLAG has also become a signatory.)

I believe our March 22 letters speaks for themselves. Each of our groups has its own perspectives, but we are united in opposing this latest voucher scheme both because it is a gross violation of the fundamental principles of home rule and because it would fund schools dedicated to religious indoctrination that are constitutionally entitled to disregard the protections provided by the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 (DCHRA).

Each of you is on record against vouchers for schools that ignore the DCHRA. The people of the District of Columbia are behind you, and we welcome this opportunity for you to add your own voice as well by signing Mr. Mendelson's letter.

p.p. Craig Howell
Mitch Wood
Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance


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