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October 17, 2017
Dobies, Joly to Receive Change Maker Award for Expanding Jackson’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance
JACKSON – Jackson Mayoral candidate Derek Dobies and Nikki Joly with Jackson Together will be honored at DTE Headquarters in Detroit this Friday for their work to expand Jackson’s non-discrimination ordinance. Dobies and Joly will receive the 2017 Change Maker Award from Equality Michigan, a nonpartisan advocacy group that works to achieve full equality and basic fairness for Michigan’s LGBT community.
“Expanding the NDO was the right thing to do for Jackson, so this award means a lot to me,” said Dobies. “For me it was just common sense. Nobody should ever be fired or evicted from their home because they’re LGBT. Consumers Energy and Allegiance Health both supported the NDO because they know it’ll help Jackson build a talented workforce that can compete for good-paying job. As Mayor, I’ll never stop fighting to build a better Jackson for all of us.”
As Vice Mayor, Dobies authored and spearheaded the final passage of Jackson’s non-discrimination ordinance, making Jackson the 42nd community in Michigan with such protections. Dobies worked with local Jackson residents, organizations, and small business to build broad community support for the NDO.
Nikki Joly is a key leader with Jackson Together, the citizens group supporting the passage of Jackson’s NDO, and serves as Executive Director of the newly founded Jackson Pride Center.
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