***DAILY DO’S – THURSDAY 7AM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
Last Saturday during his “campaign rally” the president claimed he would release a new and “better” version of his travel ban (read Muslim ban). The good news is that he’s postponed his new executive order—which according to leaks is only slightly less un-Constitutional than the original version—until next week. The really bad news is that he decided instead to remove protections for transgender students in public schools. The short version is the Federal government as a matter of policy will no longer explicitly protect the rights of trans students at public schools and allow them to use the bathroom or locker that corresponds with their gender identity rather than their birth certificate. This could allow states to make their own rules, which of course is bad because Republicans control most of the legislative bodies. For more info on what the president did this time: http://nyti.ms/2l8mUEN
1. Legally the president can make this change, but that doesn’t mean it’s morally or politically right. Contact your elected officials in Congress and tell them why they should help craft legislation or support legislation to protect rather than endanger transgender and gender fluid people, especially children. If you’re feeling generous, reach out to Betsy DeVos who—I can’t believe I’m saying this—took a stand in favor of the protections, and thank her for standing up for all students.
2. Last night Mary asked you to show your continuing support for the people of Standing Rock. Today, pick up your phone and call the president to tell him why you disapprove of DAPL and the militarized closure of the peaceful camps at Standing Rock. In a recent talking point, the president claimed he hasn't received any calls against DAPL…which was only true because the White House comment line had been turned off! Now that it's back on, let's tell him what we think about the Dakota Access Pipeline: http://p2a.co/xdL9jbf.
3. What do you have planned for 1pm? This afternoon Dave Reichert, the Republican rep from the 8th district—in an effort to skip out on hosting a traditional town hall meeting—will be conducting a Facebook Live event hosted by KCTS. The good news is that KCTS is collecting questions. Submit yours and then tune in to watch the state’s most vulnerable Republican rep (hopefully) answer your hard questions. https://kcts9.org/programs/facebook-live-events
Bonus: For those of you who live in Reichert’s district, there’s going to be a big rally in Issaquah starting at 11am for his constituents to voice their concerns. While the congressman won’t be there, you can still send him a big message. For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432721383785803/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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