Every movement has a story, this is ours.
In February 2013, ONE Community launched the UNITY Pledge a concerted effort by Arizona businesses, organizations, faith leaders, and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies.
In February 2014, SB1062 began making headlines. ONE Community was in a unique position to reach out to our UNITY Pledge signers and encouraged them to share what they know – that discrimination is bad for business and bad for the State of Arizona.
We partnered with ONE Community business member, FASTSIGNS on Central to create the OPEN for Business to Everyone signs. During the peak of SB 1062, we distributed more than 3500 signs in less than 72 hours and the sign was shared more than 100,000 times on the internet, garnering national attention. This campaign along with the efforts of our partners was integral in encouraging our governor to veto the bill, and a movement was born.
Since that time the UNITY Pledge has become the largest equality pledge in the nation.
Our innovative educational and advocacy programs have built the foundation for our actionable work. Each year brings new victories and new challenges on the path to true equality for all Arizonans. We continue to build the bridges and the partnerships that will get us there and we promise that we will not rest until we reach the goal of creating an Arizona that truly celebrates, respects and protects us all.