Tuesday, October 23 - Equality Act / Help Elect Beto / Fight Gary Deportations
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell Congress to pass the Equality Act
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your rep’s contact info (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)
Action 2: Volunteer to help elect Beto O’Rourke in Texas
Action 3: Bring Awareness to Gary Deportations on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4525 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago, IN
Action 1: Tell Congress to Pass the Equality Act
Transgender rights are again under threat. According to the New York Times, “the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”
Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the basis of race, color, national origin, and in most cases, sex, disability, and religion. But federal law does not provide consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The need for these protections is clear—nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans report having experienced discrimination in their personal lives.
The Equality Act, currently proposed in Congress, would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The legislation also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex. These important updates would strengthen existing protections for everyone.
Today, the bill has 198 co-sponsors, including two Republicans. Tell your members of Congress to support the Equality Act today.
Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [REP] to support the Equality Act. The Trump administration is placing transgender rights--and lives--under threat with their new policies, and Congress must act to protect all LGBT individuals under the Civil Rights Act Thank you for your time and attention.
Action via the Human Rights Campaign
Action 2: Help Elect Beto O’Rourke
Senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has a real chance of unseating Senator Ted Cruz in Texas. Early voting runs from now until November 2 in Texas. To win, we need all hands on deck to contact Texas voters during this crucial period so we can tell them to take advantage of early voting!
That’s why the Beto campaign is inviting people from around the country to Come Back to Texas. Thousands of volunteers are joining together in the largest get out the vote campaign in Texas history.
If you fill out the form, an organizer on the campaign will contact you, provide training, assist with trip logistics and connect you with campaign staff when you arrive in Texas. If finances might be a barrier, fill out the form anyway. The campaign will work with you directly to figure out how we can support you to get here and volunteer. If you can’t make it, we understand!
Another way you can help is by hosting a phone bank for Beto near you—fill out the form here to get started.
Action via Beto for Texas
Action 3: Bring Awareness to Gary Deportations on 10/27
NWI Resistance is a coalition of Regional action groups working to expand justice and build a community that works for all our neighbors.
This Saturday, NWI Resistance is leading a group of community members to protest against deportations in Gary, Indiana. Please join in standing with our immigrant neighbors to protest inhumane policies and criminal family separation.
When: Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 4525 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago, IN
RSVP and share on Facebook