Over 4,000 sign open letter to FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, Nissan over their attempt to kill gay rights laws in Tennessee

That’s 4,000 people in just over 12 hours.

As you may know, we reported yesterday that local leaders of some of the top companies in America, and the world, through their role as board members of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, were responsible for passage of a hate law in Tennessee that not only repealed gay/trans civil rights protections in Nashville, but literally banned any city in the state from ever again passing any civil rights legislation about any minority.  The law was created by the religious right, and the chamber of commerce was only too happy to support it and actively lobby for it.

Each of these companies is on the board of the TN Chamber of Commerce – the chamber acted in their name, they quite literally run the state chamber – they own this:

Nissan, FedEx, AT&T;, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG. Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare.

Here’s our open letter to those companies, if you haven’t read it, signed it, yet.

Here’s more on FedEx’s ongoing assault on our community, including a senior exec’s role in Prop 8.

And here’s more on how local business leaders conspired with the religious right to deprive gay and trans Americans of their civil rights.

Joe and I will be ramping up the campaign even further in the coming days, targeting specific companies for actions and more.  Stay tuned.


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