Photos - Council Gets Postcards

Ask Cleveland, a volunteer-based grassroots organization, has been working 
since May to organize supporters of Transgender rights law first introduced in August of 2008. 

Hundreds of volunteers have talked with thousands of voters where they live - Glenville, Fairfax, Collinwood, Edgewater and other neighborhoods. “We’ve seen overwhelming support for legislation that would protect transgender people in our city,” said Jennifer Dowd, Ask Cleveland’s field director, “and it’s clear that voters want Cleveland to join the many cities throughout Ohio that already have laws like this one.”

Other cards were collected at the polls during election days.  September 8, 2009 was Cleveland's primary election.  November 3, 2009 was the general.  Other venues, such as LGBT Pride, the Tremont Art Walk, Black Pride, and others.

Most other large cities in Ohio, including Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Dayton, as well as the Cleveland suburbs Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, already protect transgender people from discrimination.

Photos courtesy of Brian DeWitt of the Gay People's Chronicle
Doug Braun organizes the 2606 postcards so volunteers can deliver
them to their council members. 

Councilman Matt Zone talks to Ask Cleveland board member Lisa Hazirjian.
In the background Sarah Bartholemew, also a board member, prepares for
training the volunteer constituents who will deliver the cards.

Judith Pindell talks to Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook, and gives
him the postcards from his Ward residents.

Councilman Matt Zone and Lisa Hazirjian of Ask Cleveland.