By: Valerie Ploumpis, National Policy rector
Even before most Americans had finished taking down their holiday decorations, the Trump Administration kicked off the new year with a fusillade of efforts aimed at dismantling pro-equality advancements made in recent years.
In the first five working days of 2018 alone:
Equality California is deeply concerned about these developments and our Washington, DC office is working with a range of other progressive organizations to fight these rollbacks and preparing for more to come.
The stakes are very high — deeply bigoted and homophobic judicial nominees who are being rushed through Senate confirmation will serve lifetime appointments. Anti-discrimination housing laws are bedrock rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act has given people with disabilities, including those living with HIV and AIDS, a better quality of life and legal recourse when their rights are violated. Protections afforded by the Affordable Care Act have made a profound impact on LGBTQ Americans — for the first time in their lives, many in our community received high-quality, affordable and non-discriminatory healthcare.
A full and meticulous 2020 Census is critically important to all vulnerable populations — suppressing the head-count of low-income, people of color, undocumented communities and those with inconsistent housing means that their needs will not be identified, and then will not be met. Moreover, the 2020 Census will used to draw Congressional districts in 2022; political representation depends directly on an accurate census.
And the full-on assault by the Trump Administration against legal and undocumented people is as sad as it is wrong – families are being torn apart, fear and stress are at an all-time high, 15,000 young people have lost the right to drive and work in just the past four months, and LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers no longer look to the United States for help.
Buckle up. 2018 will be a challenging year, and we are ready to fight.