This week, we’re focused on taking action on immigration and protecting transgender students. We are also sharing tips for going to a Congressional constituent meeting near you, even if your representatives are trying to hide!
#StandWithDreamers and Pass the BRIDGE Act:
As you may have seen, this week Trump announced that the Federal Government would use all available powers to identify and punish illegal immigrants, including publicizing crimes by immigrants; enlisting local police officers as enforcers; stripping immigrants of privacy rights; erecting new detention facilities; discouraging asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speeding up deportations.
Our partners at the Weekly Resistance put together a helpful resource on one action you can take to protect some immigrants who came here as children. These “Dreamers,” who got legal protection from deportation under Obama, are especially vulnerable to Trump. They shared confidential personal information with Homeland Security to get their papers and, while the current administration claims they are still exempt from priority deportation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement could use their personal information against them. Members of both parties are co-sponsoring the BRIDGE Act to let them keep their protected status and stop Trump from using their information to round them up. We’re calling Congress to demand they move the bill forward ASAP.
(2) Call them, using the following script:
Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent from [CITY, ZIP CODE]. I would like to ask Senator/Congressperson [NAME] to commit to support the BRIDGE Act as soon as possible. I’d like your boss to publicly commit to supporting it, and to push their fellow senators to move it forward. Do you know how Senator/Congressperson [NAME] plans to vote on the BRIDGE Act?
Extra Credit: Movimiento Cosecha is dedicated to winning permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. They’re organizing sanctuary spaces and teams that can respond quickly to raids, detentions, and deportation crises in the short run, and to dramatically change the conversation about immigration in the long run. We have to defend the “Dreamers” now, but the efforts of Movimiento Cosecha are critical to achieving the long-term immigration reform we need for the entire community. Donate here.
Protest Discrimination Against Trans Students:
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Last night, the Trump administration announced plans to withdraw Title IX protections for transgender students. Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education, was expanded under President Obama to include the right of transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. Removing this protection puts one of the most vulnerable groups of Americans at risk, and it's unacceptable.
For the White House comment line:
- Call (202) 456-1111 and use the below script:
My name is [your name] and I live in [city/town, state]. I'm calling today to tell the president that I disagree with his decision to lift Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to reconsider this policy immediately.
Note: if you get a recording saying the call cannot be completed that just means the lines are overloaded - try again later and go to Step 2 in the meantime.
(2) For your Congressional representatives:
(a) First, find your Representative
(b) Call them, using this script:
My name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of [representative]. I'm calling today to ask [rep's name] to do everything in his or her power to stop the president from lifting Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to make a public statement opposing this policy today, and to introduce and support legislation that reintroduces protections for transgender students.
Other steps you can take to help protect trans students:
- Find out what your state is doing to protect or discriminate against transgender people, and urge your state representatives and governor to take action. Here's a list of legislative action to-date that discriminates against transgender people and a map of state laws and policies that affect LGBT people.
- If you're an educator, parent, or caregiver of a transgender student, read this resource from the National Center for Transgender Equality about trans student rights and consider printing and sharing in your place of education. You can also take action to encourage your school to allow children to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Here's a good resource from the NYC DOE that you can use to request something similar in your school.
- Make a donation to organizations that will be fighting discrimination against transgender people on the front lines, like Lambda Legal, National Center for Transgender Equality, Silvia Rivera Law Project, or one of these groups.
Show up for the #ResistanceRecess:
The week of February 17-26 is the first district work period (“recess”) of the new Congress. Members of Congress will be back home holding public events and meeting with constituents. These meetings are a great opportunity for your group to remind your representatives that they need to stand up for you—and that means standing up against the Trump agenda.
If you haven’t already attended one, check to see if your representatives are holding any events.
Can you find an event? Great! Here’s your plan.
Is your representative MIA? Don’t worry! We still have a plan!
The FightTrump Team
Go forth and #FightTrump!
Did you miss last week's action roundup? It’s not too late to pressure business leaders to sever ties with Trump!!!