Friday, August 25 - Thank Senators for Speaking Up for Transgender Servicemembers / Support EPA Clean Water Rules

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Thank Senators Durbin and Duckworth for Speaking Out on Trump’s Transgender Service Ban

  • Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1:

    • Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 2: Submit a public comment to the EPA about the clean water protections

Action 1: Thank IL Senators for Speaking Out on Trump’s Transgender Service Ban

The White House is preparing to send guidance to the Pentagon directing the Department of Defense to implement President Trump’s new discriminatory ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military, ostensibly because of “tremendous medical costs.” This is a naked political ploy to play to his base, as military commanders did not propose this policy, and medical costs for transgender servicemembers is a small fraction of the military budget.

Both Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth have spoken out against this discriminatory policy, with Senator Duckworth vividly recalling her time in the service: “When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind.”

Please thank our Senators for speaking out on this issue to encourage them to keep fighting for the rights of LGBTQ servicemembers.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello, I'm calling as a constituent in [zip code #]. I’m calling as a member of Indivisible Chicago to thank Senator [Name] for speaking out against the transgender military service ban. I’d also like to urge them to continue to fight bigotry against LGBTQ Americans. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration are proposing to rapidly change the definition of “waters of the United States” -- the 2015 rule that clarified that headwaters, smaller streams and wetlands should be protected, along with other major bodies of water. The original rule was based on hundreds of stakeholder meetings and 1200 peer-reviewed academic articles. Any repeal must be based on a similarly stringent, science-based approach -- and the science tells us we must protect upstream water sources in order to protect our waterways, particularly for low-income communities.

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2017–0203 online here by August 28.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): The 2015 rule sought to reduce litigation burdens and was based on extensive stakeholder meetings and scientific assessment that has not changed. Logically, upstream water sources need to be clean to assure that our downstream drinking-water sources are clean too. Water quality is a prime ingredient in our health, and everyone in America deserves access to clean water, regardless of location or income.

 

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