This post was written by guest blogger Shenanigans.
So the city council in Kalamazoo, Michigan has already passed an ordinance saying that LGBT individuals should not face discrimination, in particular they should not be evicted from their apartments or fired from their jobs simply for their identity. You know, BASIC RIGHTS such as access to housing and fair employment.
However, less than a month after the ordinance passed, the opposition got enough signatures on their petition to push the non-discrimination ordinance to a ballot vote this November 3. Yes, there apparently are enough people that love them some discriminating so much that they want it to remain legal.
Although this is incredibly upsetting, some awesome people are trying to intervene. The One Kalamazoo campaign is dedicated to rallying supporters and votes to uphold the non-discrimination ordinance. Potentially, this ordinance and the work that the One Kalamazoo campaign accomplishes could be a fantastic example for other cities facing similar struggles.
If you are interested in helping this grassroots effort, please check out:
Like any grassroots effort, One Kalamazoo relies on the support of individuals in the community. If you are in the area and wish to volunteer, check out this page on One Kalamazoo’s website. Help get the word out!
If you are not in the area or are unable to volunteer, you can still help out the cause by donating some money. The One Kalamazoo website allows you to donate using a credit card online. If you would prefer to send a check, you can make one out to One Kalamazoo and send it to:
490 West South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Thank you so much for your interest and help!