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Tell Bank of America: Please Condemn Anti-LGBT Bigotry

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Jun 28, 2011

Rev. James C. (Jay) Leach

Rev. James C. (Jay) Leach is a minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte

The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. You can sign-up for these emails here.


Last Friday, thousands of Unitarian Universalists gathered for an inspiring “Faith Community Rally Against Homophobia & Transphobia” in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. With debate about an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment all but guaranteed in an upcoming special session of our legislature, the Standing on the Side of Love campaign partnered with local faith leaders, Equality North Carolina, the Human Rights Campaign and others to raise our voices against this bigoted proposal.

Our rally was widely covered in the press and we successfully gathered hundreds of signatures to business leaders and legislators expressing our opposition.

Many of you recently signed on to our petition calling on leaders of North Carolina-based corporations to oppose this effort to write discrimination into our state’s constitution. With more than 2,000 of you taking action, these businesses, including Bank of America, are starting to hear us, but they have NOT yet come out to oppose this discriminatory legislation.

Because I live here, I can tell you: Bank of America holds tremendous power in North Carolina and could influence other businesses to join them in calling on our state legislature to reject this proposed anti-LGBT amendment. While the bank is progressive in offering same-sex partner benefits, they need to understand that offering this benefit without also opposing this legislation leaves their LGBT employees vulnerable and creates an environment that is bad for business.

I am asking for your immediate help. We need to persuade Bank of America to oppose this legislation in the state where they are headquartered. Will you join us in letting Bank of America know that institutionalized discrimination is unjust, bad for business and bad for our community? There’s an easy action you can take that has the potential to make a big difference.

Please take a moment and make a quick phone call to Bank of America spokesperson Scott Silvestri.

Scott Silvestri, Spokesperson, Bank of America: 1-980-388-9921

Please let Mr. Silvestri know that we are asking Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and other bank executives to encourage state lawmakers to reject this anti-LGBT amendment. Please leave a message if you are unable to speak to anyone.

Here is a script you can use:

“Hello, my name is ________. (If you are a customer at Bank of America please say that.) I am calling to urge CEO Brian Moynihan and others at the bank to oppose the effort to add an anti-gay amendment to the North Carolina state constitution. Please ask Mr. Moynihan and others to publicly denounce the amendment because it is bad for Bank of America’s customers, bad for Bank of America’s employees and bad for business. Thank You.”

After you make the call, please share how it went on our Facebook wall or by responding to this email:

Standing on the Side of Love Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/SideofLove

The thrilling victory in New York last week shows us what can happen when we join together. Now we need your help in my state. Please, join this important effort to head off anti-LGBT bigotry. Standing together on the side of love, we really can make a difference!

In faith,

Rev. James C. (Jay) Leach, Minister

Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte

6 Responses to “Tell Bank of America: Please Condemn Anti-LGBT Bigotry”

  1. Mary Ann Hergenrother says:

    I will do this immediately as soon as you tell me the specific wording of the proposed legislation.
    Thanks for your good work.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Mary Ann,

    The bill would amend the state constitution to include a new section that reads “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” Click here to see the full text on the legislature’s website:

    http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=s106&submitButton=Go

    From Equality North Carolina: http://www.equalitync.org/news1/anti-gay-amendment-faq

  3. Raph Martin says:

    Congratulations on your efforts to get the Bank of America to not sponsor an anti-gay amendment to the NC constitution.
    I’ve called the Bank and left a message to that effect. Your wording of the message was perfect!
    Thanks
    RM

  4. Steve Bivens says:

    I talked to Scott and he had no knowledge about an anti-gay amendment. He said he was not the person to talk to about it.

    Steve

  5. Judy Calabrese says:

    I’ve called the bank and left the above message on their voice mail.

  6. Steven says:

    Hey all, contacting a specific person or spokesperson at the bank may not yield the results you desire. I happen to work for Bank of America and the Bank does have several LGBT based groups that you may want to contact, as well as their PAC. A PAC is a political action committee. Most large businesses have this and it may be wiser and more fruitful to go through the PAC and get them to state something on behalf of the bank. Here is the info I found: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=71595&p=irol-govcontact

    Contact the Board of Directors
    Persons seeking to communicate with the Board of Directors, any director, non-management members of the Board as a group or any committee of the Board should send a letter to the Corporate Secretary at Bank of America Corporation, 214 N. Tryon St., NC1-027-20-05, Charlotte, NC 28255. The letter should indicate to whom the communication is intended. The Corporate Secretary or the secretary of the designated committee may sort or summarize the communications as appropriate. Communications that are commercial solicitations, customer complaints, incoherent or obscene will not be communicated to the Board or any director or committee of the Board.

    Other info on the PAC should be shown here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=71595&p=irol-govpac

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