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The Beginning of The Civil Rights Agenda

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The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) was founded in 2010 by Jacob Meister, the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Illinois, and a group of community activists that had a vision of renewed LGBT engagement throughout Illinois.  During his 2010 U.S. Senate Primary run, Meister’s campaign identified over 150,000 voters throughout Illinois who would vote or advocate for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

The Civil Rights Agenda was founded as a way to provide this strong, active community of 150,000 concerned citizens a continued voice for themselves and for the civil rights of all in our state.  Additionally, TCRA was founded largely due to the founding members’ widely observed need for representation of the underrepresented LGBT sub-communities throughout the state, including, working class, racial and gender minorities, whose social requirements are often overlooked, or ignored, by policy makers and the civic institutions that currently serve the LGBT community at large.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2012 19:43  

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