Wednesday, January 30 - Protect Transgender Troops / Stop the Gag Rule / Chicago Election Information
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on Congress to pass legislation to protect transgender troops
Action 2: Submit a public comment against the “gag rule,” which blocks accurate communication about healthcare
Action 1: Tell Congress to Protect Transgender Troops
In the summer of 2017, Trump announced via Twitter that the US military would no longer allow most transgender troops to serve, baselessly asserting that these individuals burden the military. Ex-Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the official policy banning many transgender people from military service in 2018, despite a complete lack of evidence that transgender people’s service harms the US military in any way.
Several lower courts issued injunctions blocking the ban’s implementation, pending a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court on the rule’s legality. However, the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to override these injunctions and allow the ban to go into effect even as lower courts review the policy. On January 22, a divided Supreme Court ruled that the ban could be reinstated for now, despite ongoing litigation in the lower courts. Now, the over 8,000 transgender individuals who serve in the US military face an uncertain future.
Congress must immediately introduce and support legislation allowing transgender military members to continue their service, uninterrupted by Trump’s bigoted and hateful transgender service ban.
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-350
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [NAME] to introduce and support legislation to allow transgender individuals to continue serving in the US military. Trump's transgender military service ban does nothing to protect national security and harms the over 8,000 transgender individuals currently serving our nation. Thank you.
Action and script via 5calls.org
Action 2: Submit a Public Comment Against the Gag Rule
President Trump is pushing a "gag rule." This rule is designed to block people from getting accurate information about their health care, and would prevent doctors from giving patients the vital reproductive health care they need.
This would prevent patients from getting birth control and preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. At the same time, it would also allow doctors and nurses across the country to withhold information from their patients.
Submit an official comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them you oppose this attempt to allow doctors to withhold information from their patients.
Action via Planned Parenthood
Action 3: Prepare for the Feb. 26 Election
As temps in Chicago rival those in Antarctica, we are recommending you stay indoors and prep for the upcoming election on Tuesday, February 26.
You can now go ward-by-ward, candidate-by-candidate, issue-by-issue through Chi.vote’s new municipal election guide. They’ve compiled news and events about each candidate to bring you all the election information you need in one convenient place.
Explore the guide to learn more about how to vote, who’s running and what they stand for. Then, share the guide on social media to spread the word!
Action via the Chi.vote Collective