Add the Words, Idaho to hold “Cookie Day” at Capital Building


The group that has spent the few years asking lawmakers for a statewide ban on LGBT discrimination will mark Idaho Human Rights Day serving up cookies and a message to state lawmakers, on Monday.

For the past six years, the Idaho Legislature has refused to hear testimony on a bill that would add the words,”sexual orientation and gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.

Last year thousands of Idahoans from across the state filled out sticky notes, attended rallies and held vigils under the “Add the Words” banner.  So far this legislative session the group has been a little less visible.

Add the Words, Idaho spokeswoman Mistie Tolman says despite the lack of  headlines that marked the opening of last year’s legislative session, the campaign, and its message, is still going strong , “Daily, people across Idaho, in small towns and in cities, live in fear of being fired from their jobs, being denied housing, public services or educational opportunities because they are gay or transgender. We are often asked if as an organization we are still moving forward.  My answer is always the same. We cannot sit back and rest while good people are being harmed.  We will continue to work every day to keep hope alive. The thousands of voices we carried into the statehouse last year live on.  They continue to tell their story to the legislature, to tell them that they are wrong when they say their constituents don’t care. Add the Words is still collecting sticky notes to deliver to the legislature.”

On Monday, which nationally marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the group will be at the Capital building with a table full of cookies asking lawmakers to once again,”Add the Words.” The campaign is also asking Idahoans around the state to take a few minutes to contact their own legislators regarding the act .

Tolman says other Add the Words, Idaho events will be announced throughout the 2013 session,”We are getting to know the new legislators this year, and we have events planned, so please be watching!  (You can “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter)  This discussion must be had.  It is time that an open dialogue is had inside the walls of that statehouse, and we will not give up until all Idahoans are given protections.  In the words of Dr. King himself, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’  This year, more than ever, we must all be vocal in our support.  Let your legislators know TODAY that you support amending Idaho’s Human Rights Act to Add the Words.”

Other Human Rights Day events include:

9-10:30 a.m., SUB Jordan Ballroom Poster making at BSU.

10:40 a.m. March down Capitol Blvd.Rally at the statehouse.

Noon: State of Idaho officially recognizes the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Speaker: Rev. Happy Watkins, New Hope Baptist Church, Spokane, WA. presented in part by the Idaho Commission on Human Rights.

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