Call of the Day: Denounce Trump's Ban On Transgender Troops

Wednesday, Trump posted a tweet-storm in which he declared that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender troops to serve in any capacity, thus reversing a 2016 Obama policy that allowed transgender soldiers to openly serve.

It's unclear how much legal weight this tweet-storm can really carry.  But what is clear is that it puts at risk the status of as many as 15,000 American troops – troops who volunteered to serve their country, to put their lives on the line to protect us and our country.

This is a cruel, shameful act by the president, and our members of Congress must speak out against this bizarre and discriminatory "policy. "

WHO TO CALL:

Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy

Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)

Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling to ask the Senator to publicly denounce the president's Twitter tirade yesterday in which he said, without any legal basis, that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender troops to serve.  Transgender Americans who volunteer for our military are heroes and should have the right to serve our country openly and proudly, and they should have the right to receive the necessary medication and gender confirmation therapies that they need.  It is cruel and bizarre for Trump to openly discriminate against them in such a fashion.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there. 

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.