Friday, March 10, 2017

A Successful Rally for Women's Rights

Last Wednesday was a successful rally and march for International Women's Day and LGBTQ equality with a large turnout.  Afterward there was a Johnstown, PA city council meeting at the Public Safety Building to vote on two ordinances to protect LGBTQ rights for all citizens in general and for city employees in particular. You can see the turnout at this meeting at the panoramic photo I took for the meeting below.  It was a packed house with those who supported the measures out numbering opponents by 3:1.  Many in the oppose camp came in from out of town.  The council voted to table the general measure while approving the smaller measure for city employees.  Tabling a measure or an ordinance means putting off a vote for a later meeting.  They said that the reason that they did this was out of concern for actions that the Trump administration might take.

 
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/anti-discrimination-bill-controversy/669503237

You can see the coverage of the meeting at WTAJ-TV in Altoona at the link above and at WJAC-TV in Johnstown.  The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat coverage can be seen at the video clip above.

 http://wjactv.com/news/local/johnstown-city-council-tables-anti-discrimination-ordinance

Neither side got everything they wanted at the meeting but newcomers to the process got a good glimpse of how their city government works. The battle for change will continue.  

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