Civil Rights News
New ‘Discrimination’ Poll to be Released Today;
Bethlehem City Council to Hold Public Hearing April 28
A news conference today (Wednesday) at the Capitol on a Pennsylvania non-discrimination bill and new poll results released by State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny will highlight legislation that would protect people who live or work in Pennsylvania from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Frankel is expected to be joined at the news conference by lawmakers co-sponsoring the bill as well as advocates from organizations that support the legislation.
Bethlehem City Council Committee to Hold Hearing April 28
Bethlehem City Council may be the 21st Pennsylvania municipality to pass a non-discrimination law at the local level. A public hearing is scheduled for April 28, 7 p.m. by Bethlehem City Council, City Hall, 10 Church Street, Bethlehem, PA. The ordinance was introduced by Mayor Callahan in September.
A coalition led by the Pennsylvania Diversity Network, EqualityPA, and the ACLU-PA, and supported by more than 100 businesses, labor unions, nonprofit organizations, and faith leaders, has built public support for the ordinance, lead organizer Adrian Shanker told Central Voice.
More than 100 supporters and community leaders are expected to be present.
Among ordinance supporters are: AARP Pennsylvania, ArtsQuest, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Labor Council, Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Complete list below.
If passed, the bill would make it illegal to discriminate in employment, housing, education, or public accommodation in the City of Bethlehem based on a series of protected classes. Nearby cities of Allentown, Easton, and Reading already have this law on the books.
Alandos’s Kenyan Cuisine, 520 Main St.
American Hairlines, 74 W. Broad St.
Antiques & Gifts of Broad St., 99 W. Broad St.
Artsy Diva Boutique, 458 Main St.
Back Door Bakeshop, 1422 Center St.
Bethlehem Brewworks, 569 Main St.
Black Forest Deli, 745 7th Ave
Blue Cactus, 583 Main St.
Blue Sky Café, 22 W. 4th St.
The Boyd Theatre, 30 W. Broad St.
The Chocolate Lab, 446 Main St.
Cleo’s Silversmith Studio, 21 E. 3rd St.
Deja Brew Coffeehouse & Deli, 101 W. 4th St.
Diamonz Bar & Grill, 1913 W. Broad St.
Dreamscape Comics, 302 W. Broad St.
Edible Arrangements, 34 W. Broad St.
First Impressions Creative Interior Solutions, 3040
Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. 3rd St.
Girlfriends Boutique, 559 Main St.
Home & Planet, 25 E. 3rd St.
Isenhour & Rooney Strategies, LLC. 117 E. Broad St.
La Petit Provence, 458 Main St.
LaRose Boutique Inc., 91 W. Broad St.
Mama Nina Foccacheria, 546 Main St.
MarVal Optical, 83 W. Broad St.
Millenium Strategies PA, 301 Broadway, Ste 201
The New Street Book Shop, 515 N. New St.
New Street Folk Shoppe, 511 N New St.
Ostara, 521 Main St.
Profiles Salon, Inc., 77 W. Broad St. #2C
ReWired Café, 520 Main St.
Saraceno Design, Inc., 26 E. 3rd St.
Spark, 1 W. Broad St., Suite 1000
Stone Soup Studios, 20 W. Broad St.
Tallarico’s Chocolates, 26 E. 3rd St.
Terra Café, 316 S. New St.
TIMEZONES Global Goodies & Framing Gallery, 7 E.
Tri State Strategies Pennsylvania, 117 E. Broad St.
Wadsworth & Co., 107 E. 3rd St.
Labor Unions with Members in Bethlehem:
Bethlehem Education Association, PSEA
Bethlehem Fire Fighters, Local 735, IAFF
Communication Workers of America, District 13
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 773
Lehigh Valley Carpenters, Local 600
Lehigh Valley Labor Council, AFL-CIO
North East Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation
Pennsylvania Joint Board Local 391B, SEIU
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ
Service Employees International Union, Local 668
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776
Alliance for Sustainable Communities
American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Bethlehem City Democratic Committee
CAT, Coalition for Appropriate Transportation
Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley
The Hispanic Center
Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley
Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley
Lehigh County Democratic Committee
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
LEPOCO Peace Center
Northampton County Democratic Committee
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates
Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley
SouthSide Film Institute
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley
WDIY-FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio
Rev. T. Scott Allen, Rector, St. Andrews Episcopal Church*
Rabba Nehama Benmosche, Congregation Am Haskalah*
Rev. Mary Cabot-Butler
Rev. Don Garrett, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley
Rabbi Seth Goren
Rev. Raymond Harbort, Retired Episcopal Priest
Rev. David Henkelman, Retired Moravian Pastor
Rev. Anne Huey
Rev. Laura Thomas Howell, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church*
Rev. Sharon Joseph, Church of the Manger*
Rabbi Allen Juda, Congregation Brith Shalom*
Rev. Anne E. Kitch, Canon for Formation in Christian Faith, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem*
The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem*
Rev. Elizabeh Miller, Deacon, Trinity Episcopal Church*
Lisa Mixon, Director, People in Mission, Moravian Church Northern Provence*
Rev. Canon Mariclair E. Partee, Cathedral Church of the Nativity*
The Very Rev. Anthony R. Pompa, Dean, Cathedral Church of the Nativity*
Rev. Hillary Raining, Curate, Trinity Episcopal Church*
Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen, Lehigh University Department of Religion*
Rabbi Mark Schulman, Beth El Gibor*
The Ven. Howard Stringfellow III, Archdeacon, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem*
Rev. Canon Jane Teter, Canon for Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem*
*listed for identification purposes only