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FFRF Action Fund proudly endorses Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

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The FFRF Action Fund is pleased to endorse U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has represented the District of Columbia as a nonvoting delegate for 15 terms and is running for reelection to continue fighting for universal human and civil rights. 

She has achieved a perfect 100/100 rating on the FFRF Action Fund’s Dynamic Scorecard.  A member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, which works to promote secular government and public policies based on reason and science, Norton has appeared on FFRF’s TV show, “Freethought Matters.” During her appearance, she discussed her experience as a lifelong civil rights advocate and feminist pioneer. 

Norton’s achievements include helping to organize the 1963 March on Washington, participating in the Mississippi Freedom Summer and working with John Lewis when both were young members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Norton was the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (during the Carter administration), crafting during her tenure the first-ever sexual harassment regulations. She convened the first hearings in the nation on discrimination against women as New York City Commissioner on Human Rights and successfully represented 60 female employees who sued over Newsweek’s policy that only allowed men to be official reporters, meaning women did reporting work without credit or reasonable pay.

Through her work in the Congressional Freethought Caucus and her sponsorship of key pieces of legislation, Norton has shown her commitment to all of her constituents (regardless of religion or nonreligion), to democracy and to the crucial separation between state and church. An example is Norton signing onto Rep. Jared Huffman’s Health Share Transparency Act, one of FFRF’s signature bills, which works to rein in religious health insurance entities. 

Norton attended Yale Law School, argued and won a free speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is currently a tenured law professor at Georgetown University. FFRF Action Fund is joined by Capital Stonewall Democrats, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, Freethought Equality Fund PAC and Newton Action Alliance in endorsing Norton. We are thankful to have Norton in office as we fight for secular values and universal human and civil rights. 

FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.