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Daily Action: Phone Calls by Day, Demonstrations by Night!


Contact California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: (800) 952-5225
Rep. Julia Brownley's offices: 223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 411, Thousand Oaks; 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 470, Oxnard
Rep. Steve Knight's office: 1445 E. Los Angeles Avenue, #206, Simi Valley
Rep. Ted Lieu's office: 5055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310, Los Angeles
Oxnard City Hall: 300 W. 3rd Street, Oxnard
RSVP for Indivisible Emergency Call on Defending the ACA, 6 p.m. PST

Short Script for Atty. Gen. Becerra:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent in ____________, California. I'm calling to ask Attorney General Becerra to defend California's commitments to transgender rights and religious diversity by suing the federal government over President Trump's cruel policies. Now that the Supreme Court has made clear that lower courts must consider Trump's rollback of President Obama’s guidance, which had required that transgender students be allowed to use facilities corresponding with their gender identities, it's essential that California assert our values in this fight. I am asking the Attorney General to support Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit recently before the Supreme Court, and to file suit on California’s behalf under Title IX of the education code, and the 14th amendment’s guarantees of equal protection under the law. Additionally, I'm asking him to file suit against Trump's newly revised Muslim travel ban, as Washington state's attorney general did following the president's first executive order. The new ban still constitutes a violation of First Amendment principles, and the Department of Homeland Security has released a report stating that banning travel to the US from these six nations will not improve our national security. Thank you! 

BACKGROUND
Today’s Daily Actions span the spectrum of resistance to the Trump agenda -- from phone calls to protests, from LGBTQ rights to religious discrimination to reproductive rights to immigrants' rights. First, we're calling California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asking him to fight back hard in the wake of Trump's new Muslim travel ban, as well as the Supreme Court's announcement that a lower court must take into account President Trump’s disruptive and cruel decision on rights for transgender students. With the federal government now refusing to enforce Title IX of the education code, or the 14th amendment as they apply to transgender students, California should be leading the legal battle for equality. California has its own law ensuring equality for transgender residents and students: AB1266, which was signed by Governor Brown in August 2013; California should sue the federal government to require that all schools nationwide meet its standard for equal rights. Additionally, our state should follow the example of Washington state, which sued over the unconstitutionality of Trump's first Muslim ban. The new one is no better in its discriminatory impact or its effects on our nation's security, and must be opposed just as fiercely. 

Meanwhile, in the wake of yesterday's unveiling of the Republicans' replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act -- which included a one-year defunding of Planned Parenthood -- that organization has asked for emergency protests outside the offices of every congressperson in the country this evening at 5:30 p.m. If you are going to Rep. Brownley's office in Thousand Oaks or Oxnard, or Rep. Lieu's office in Los Angeles, please remember at all times that they are both strong supporters of Planned Parenthood. As for those going to Rep. Steve Knight's office in Simi Valley: The other day, during his Town Hall, he suggested that by cutting off Planned Parenthood, the government can instead fund facilities that offer services in addition to reproductive healthcare ... such as eye exams.

Even as those protests are starting up, another rally at Oxnard City Hall, beginning at 5 p.m., will encourage the City Council there to designate Oxnard as a Safe Zone for immigrants, affirming with the force of law that Oxnard police will not cooperate with ICE agents, nor will the city devote any resources to immigration enforcement.

If you cannot attend any of those demonstrations, there's still a way to prepare for future resistance this evening: participate in the nationwide Indivisible conference call on defending the Affordable Care Act against the Republicans' new and destructive policies. That call begins at 6 p.m. Pacific Time; the link to participate can be found above.