Defund the Trans Ban

Official Daily Action for Wednesday June 19, 2019

According to LGBT News Source The Washington Blade:

"The U.S. House is set to vote on a measure that would prohibit use of U.S. funds to implement President Trump’s transgender military ban.

"The House Rules Committee this week approved for debate as part of defense appropriations legislation an amendment introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that would bar the use of funds to implement the anti-trans policy.

"The amendment is set to come up for a vote either Tuesday or possibly Wednesday, a Democratic leadership aide said.

"The Speier amendment is one of several that will obtain a vote as part of the defense appropriations bill. Each of the amendments gets 10 minutes of debate. If a recorded vote is requested on an amendment, the House have a vote on it. The House typically vote on these amendments in blocks."

Let's get this through the House, so it has a chance of being in the final Defense Appropriations package. It should be coming up for a vote today.

Action: Ask our Representatives to co-sponsor and vote for the Speier Amendment

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [Rep] to support our trans military service people by co-sponsoring and voting for the Speier Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (Amendment to Division C OF Rules Committee Print 116–17). The amendment would bar Defense Department funds from being used to enforce Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military."

Add-on for Smith

"I'm also asking Rep Smith to use any leverage he has as Chair of the Armed Services Committee to protect our trans service people and their careers from the actions of the Trump administration."

Background

Bonus Action: Donate to Seattle Trans Pride for extra march security

Our local Trans Pride Parade on June 28 is expecting right-wing counter-protesters. If you can afford it, please donate to help them provide security at the parade.

Events

PRIMARY DEBATE WATCH PARTIES June 26 and June 27

Floating Bridge Brewing
722 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105

The first Presidential Debate is coming soon! We are excited to announce that Seattle Indivisible is hosting watch parties for both nights of the debate. Join us to learn more about the Democratic candidates!

TRANS PRIDE PARADE Saturday June 28

5 PM at Cal Anderson Park
https://www.transprideseattle.org/