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AFSCME Union Pulls Conference In Indiana Over Right To Discriminate Law – #BoycottIndiana



Laura Clawson over at The Daily Kos is reporting that the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), announced today that it is pulling its 2015 women’s conference out of Indianapolis calling it “an embarrassment” that ” cannot be tolerated”

Lee Saunders, the union’s president, said in a statement that “This un-American law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights. It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated,” continuing:

“Throughout our proud history, our union has stood up whenever injustice has occurred – be it for striking sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968, or for the victims of apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s. Governor Pence’s law, motivated by ultra-right wing zealots, is an affront to the vast majority of those in our nation who believe that every American deserves equal treatment under the law, no matter whom they love or where they worship.AFSCME will relocate our Women’s Conference to a state to be determined as a sign of our disgust and disappointment with Governor Pence’s discriminatory law. We stand with the ever-growing number of businesses and associations who are taking similar action this week and demanding fairness for all in the state of Indiana.”

 Now that’s what solidarity looks like!
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