Tell AT&T, Nissan, Comcast, and FedEx to withdraw their support for anti-gay legislation
  • Petitioned Monica Teague

This petition was delivered to:

Senior Manager, Brand PR, Whirlpool
Monica Teague
KPMG, Head of Media Relations
Julie Bannerjea
Media Relations
FedEx
President, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
Deborah K. Woolley
Vice President for Governmental Relations, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
Bradley A. Jackson
State Regulatory/Legislative AT&T
Sarah Harsh
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nissan
David P. Reuter
Corporate Responsibility Media Relations, Pfizer
Jennifer Kokell
Embraer
Media Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brett Lieberman
Director, Communications, Global Primary Products, Aloca
Sonya Elam
Caterpiller
Senior Manager, Nissan Corporation
Stephanie Valdez-Streaty
Media Relations, Southeast Region,United Healthcare
Tracey Lempner

Tell AT&T, Nissan, Comcast, and FedEx to withdraw their support for anti-gay legislation

    1. Petition by

      TENNESSEE EQUALITY PROJECT

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce actively lobbied for the passage of a bill that would remove vital protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. As AmericaBlog and others have highlighted, this bill is bad for business and bad for Tennessee.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors includes the following major corporations:

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

Tell the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and these companies to immediately withdraw their support for this horribile bill. Discrimination is bad for business and bad for Tennessee. 

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Sadly, despite the wishes of the business community, the Governor signed the bill.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce has felt the pressure, and is now back peddling from their support for this legislation

    4. Wow! Nissan just issued a revised statement clearly indicating their opposition to "The Tennessee Hate" bill. Now Nissan needs to urge the governor to veto the bill

    5. Whirlpool posted a commitment to contact the Tennessee's Governor with their objection to this legislation

    6. Facebook bomb! AmericaBlog has a list of all of the companies' Facebook pages. People are leaving respectful comments asking the companies to urge the Governor to veto the bill

    7. From AmericaBlog: Comcast issues statement, refuses to take position on veto of TN hate law

    8. Daily Kos covered Alcoa's pressure to veto this bill

    9. FedEx failed to take a clear stand in their statement to AmericaBlog

    10. Nissan withdrew their support for ths bill in this statement to AmericaBlog

    11. Alcoa came out strongly against this bill in a statement to AmericaBlog: "Alcoa provides equal employment opportunity without discrimination and supports state and local legislation protecting the rights of all community members. We do not agree with the chamber on this issue and would ask that the governor veto the bill."

    12. AT&T sent a nuanced response to AmericaBlog claiming they do not support anti-gay legislation

    13. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Sortino GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please take a stand against this bill that seeks to discriminate solely against lgbt people..

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    • Doug Motel ROSENDALE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Maybe some day, when we are certain that there no longer exists any prejudice toward gays, we can remove language to protect their rights. Clearly though, that days is not here and until then yes we need laws to stop that subtle attacks.

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    • Dave Billingsley HOUSTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      It is insulting for these companies to attempt to disguise this bill which legalizes discrimination against GLBT people as an "intrastate commerce" bill. I've owned nothing but Nissans for 20 years but this will be my last one unless Nissan comes out with a clear straightforward statement condemning this law, apologizing for their involvement and demanding the Gov. veto this trash.

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    • Suzanne M. Ritter BOARDMAN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING???? YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS BLATANT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST US!!! LOVE ALWAYS WINS OVER HATE -DAH!! WE WILL NO LONGER STAND FOR ANY OF YOUR ILLOGICAL THINKING, DOWN RIGHT STUPIDITY REGARDING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!! WE ARE ALL TOO EDUCATED AND TOO "OUT" FOR YOUR KIND TO GET AWAY WITH WHAT YOUR KIND GOT AWAY WITH, FOR FAR TOO LONG!! NO MORE - WE HAVE YOUR NUMBER AND YOU LOSE- LOSER!

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    • . Woodson RICHMOND, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a customer of almost all of the following companies:

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

      I am canceling my AT&T, Comcast, FedEx, Whirlpool, DuPont and Pfizer services, I will avoid the others and I will be advising everyone I know to do so as well until your support for anti-gay legislation is withdrawn. The first thing to go will be my switching to a new phone service other than AT&T.

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