ISSUE 05 | February 28, 2017
We’re suggesting lots of calls to your reps this week. We’ve assembled some resources to help make this easier for you, whether you’re looking for their contact info, wondering what to say, or feeling shy about making calls.
This week, 45 withdrew President Obama’s guidelines to allow trans students in public schools to use the bathroom of their choice. Here are some actions to take this week to show your support for transgender youth.
Read Lambda Legal’s FAQ to better understand the Obama policy and protections for transgender youth still covered by federal law.
Call your reps to express your support for continuing the protections from President Obama’s guidance. This week’s issue of 5 Calls has a script you can use when making your call.
Keep yourself updated on the case of Gavin Grimm, a Virginia trans teen who is fighting for the right to use the boy’s bathroom at his high school. Gavin’s case will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 28. His case is being backed by the ACLU, so consider making or upping your donation to them this month.
Donate to or volunteer with one of the organizations below that helps the trans community.
◦ It Gets Better
◦ Lambda Legal
◦ National Center for Transgender Equality
◦ Trans Lifeline
◦ Transgender Law Center
◦The Trevor Project
The dismantling of our public schools begins with H.R. 610 -Choices in Education Act of 2017. Not only will this divert federal funds from public schools into a voucher program, but will also repeal part of the No Hungry Child Act that required nutritional standards for school lunches and breakfasts.
Call your rep and tell them to oppose this huge step backward for our children’s education and health. HR 610 was introduced in the Education & Workforce Committee by Republican House Reps Andy Harris of Maryland, Trent Franks of Arizona and Pete Olson of Texas.
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a resolution of inquiry into Trump’s ties to Russia. This seems to be the most that House Dems are able to do without a majority. But sending it to the GOP controlled Judiciary Committee will mean its demise. So call your rep if they sit on the House Judiciary Committee, especially if they are a Republican. Let them know you are watching.
Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia: (202) 225-5431
Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. , Wisconsin: (202) 225-5101
Lamar Smith, Texas: (202) 225-4236
Steve Chabot, Ohio: (202) 225-2216
Darrell Issa, California: (202) 225-3906
Steve King, Iowa: (202) 225-4426
Trent Franks, Arizona: (202) 225-4576
Louie Gohmert, Texas: (202) 225- 3035
Jim Jordan, Ohio: (202) 225- 2676
Ted Poe, Texas: (202) 225-6565
Jason Chaffetz, Utah: (202) 225-7751
Tom Marino, Pennsylvania: (202) 225-3731
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina: (202) 225-6030
Raúl Labrador, Idaho: (202) 225-6611
Blake Farenthold, Texas: (202) 225-7742
Doug Collins, Georgia: (202) 225-9893
Ron DeSantis, Florida: (202) 225-2706
Ken Buck, Colorado: (202) 225-4676
John Ratcliffe, Texas: (202) 225-6673
Martha Roby, Alabama: (202) 225-2901
Matt Gaetz, Florida: (202) 225-4136
Mike Johnson, Louisiana: (202) 225-2777
Andy Biggs, Arizona: (202) 225-2635
Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., Michigan: (202) 225-5126
Jerry Nadler, New York: (202) 225-5635
Zoe Lofgren, California: (202) 225-3072
Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas: (202) 225-3816
Steve Cohen, Tennessee: (202) 225-3265
Hank Johnson, Jr., Georgia: (202) 225-1605
Ted Deutch, Florida: (202) 225-3001
Luis Gutierrez, Illinois: (202) 225-8203
Karen Bass, California: (202) 225-7084
Cedric Richmond, Louisiana: (202) 225-6636
Hakeem Jeffries, New York: (202) 225-5431
David Cicilline, Rhode Island: (202) 225-5936
Eric Swalwell, California: (202) 225-5065
Ted Lieu, California: (202) 225-3976
Jamie Raskin, Maryland: (202) 225-5341
Pramila Jayapal, Washington: (202) 225-3106
Brad Schneider, Illinois: (202) 225-4835
Resist with some learning, listening, and reading.
An educated electorate and a free press are two of the strongest tools in our resistance toolkit.
Our list of literary resources is a great place to start.
Read a book to a child. If you don’t have a child to read to, try volunteering at a school or library to read once a month. You get to revisit the classics like “Harold and The Purple Crayon” and introduce a new generation to the magical world of books!
Do a fun and simple at home science project with the kids in your life.
Buy a newspaper. Go to brunch. Order bottomless mimosas and read the paper.
Read Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. This story about love, books, and homosexuality will make you trip dizzily between tears and laughter. Oh yeah, and this one’s got a musical too.
Subscribe to WNYC’s On the Media for a “weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view.” and download a few episodes to play on your commute.
Make some popcorn and watch Edward R. Murrow defending the free press against pressure from McCarthy’s Red Scare in Good Night, and Good Luck
Relax and Resist in the Kitchen
Draw inspiration from the cookbooks that Women’s Suffragists sold to fund their political activities, and the way that the Black Panthers provided for their communities through their Free Breakfast Program of the 1960s, and think about how food, and cooking can be used as a tool of self care, and resistance.
Bake America Great Again with a recipe for Smash the Patriarchy with a Skillet Cornbread, or Self-Care Cinnamon Rolls
Try out one of Andrea Grimes recipes from her Resistance Kitchen tumblr.
- The Cook For Syria campaign is raising money for Syrian Refugees and building empathy through food, and community. Order yourself a copy of the #cookforsyria cookbook (all profit goes to charity), and check out their archive of free Syrian recipes here.