FedEx’s multi-pronged attack on the gay/trans community

We learned yesterday that FedEx, as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, was one of the companies responsible for passage of a religious-right sponsored bill that would repeal Nashville’s gay/trans civil rights ordinance AND ban any municipal civil rights laws in that state, forever.

Today one of our intrepid readers discovered that a senior exec at FedEx was also a major donor to the Prop 8 campaign that stole marriage rights away from gay couples in California:

Jonathan Cannon – Senior VP of US Operations $9,999

Who is Jonathan Cannon? He’s the Senior VP for US and Global Operations of Fedex.

Jon Cannon serves as senior vice president of global operations for FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc., an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX). In this role, he oversees all operations for more than 1,900 FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers and FedEx Office Ship Centers around the world.

Cannon appears to have left FedEx a few months ago, but he was doing his dirty work while he was a senior VP at the company.

Funny how it all comes full circle.  FedEx’s senior VP helps repeal gay rights in California.  FedEx itself helps repeal gay/trans rights in Tennessee.

It’s difficult not to see a pattern.

Please join the nearly 4,000 people who, in a little over 12 hours, have signed our open letter to FedEx, AT&T;, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare, telling that bigotry is bad for business, and that they’d better fix this, fast.

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