Hello from Terry and Tanya at Center Action Network.
It’s a fact that in recent months attacks on the rights of LGBTQ people have increased across the country. While this challenging environment can be discouraging and frightening, it also brings unity and opportunity.
People from all walks of life are coming together to become champions in supporting the causes they believe in. Volunteer numbers at many community centers have increased, representatives are hearing from their constituents in record numbers, and the Affordable Care Act was kept in place largely due to relentless pressure from a public who was indivisible. How can you continue to hold members of Congress accountable? Watch for our action alerts, and be sure to check out our latest bi-weekly newsletter below with links to specific actions.
Since Congress is currently on recess, consider inviting your local representative to your Center so they can see the amazing work done there. You can also attend a town hall or visit their local office. Together we CAN make a difference.
Center Action Newsletter: Friday August 11th, 2017
Voter Registration: One of the most effective ways to have our community’s needs recognized is to vote. Center Action Network is partnering with Non-Profit Vote on Tuesday September 26th. Nationwide, over 30 LGBTQ centers will be registering people to vote and sharing the importance of voting via social media. If you are interested in joining these efforts, visit National Voter Registration Day, or let us know.
Health Care: While the Affordable Care Act remains in place for now; healthcare rights for the LGBTQ community could still be under fire. Section 1557 of the ACA states health care providers receiving federal funds are not allowed to discriminate on a host of factors including race, age, religion, and sex. Current law mandates these providers cannot deny health care to transgender people or to people seeking reproductive care. This will be up for review in the coming months. Tell your elected officials Section 1557 must stay!
Transgender Rights: In response to President Trump’s tweets that transgender Americans would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, two prominent LGBTQ advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit on behalf of five transgender service members with almost 60 years of combined military service. Just a few days after the tweets, transgender soldier Veronica shared her thoughts with the Center Action Network. And more than 50 retired admirals and generals from all branches of the military wrote a letter condemning the proposed ban. Show your support by going on social media and using the hashtags #LetThemServe, #ProtectTransTroops, and #TransRightsAreHumanRights.
Immigration: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned cities and states could lose millions of dollars in federal grants unless they begin cooperating with federal immigration agents. The crackdown on undocumented immigrants is causing some people to avoid seeking care. With an estimated 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population; it’s important for our service providers to know how to support undocumented clients if they are stopped by a law enforcement agent.
August 15th will mark 5 years since immigrant youth have been able to get legal protection, attend college, and support their families because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Some Republicans have threatened to take this program away as early as September 5th. There are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. - and 36,000 of them are participating in DACA. On August 15th 2017 thousands across the country are taking to the streets to protect DACA and immigrant youth. You can find an event near you here.
Climate Change: Part of the standard federal climate assessment report on climate change shows that warming is already having a large effect on the United States, with the average temperature having risen rapidly since the 1980’s. Climate change affects the LGBTQ community, including our seniors with weather-sensitive health issues and our homeless youth who have no protection from intense heat, heavy rain, etc. Add your name to the list of people who still support the Paris Agreement: Iamstillin.org.