Fight Against the License to Discriminate!Tomorrow (May 4th,2017) President Donald Trump is reportedly set to sign an executive order establishing “religious exemptions” which will actively allow open discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson, who is available for interviews, released the following statement. “This executive order looks every LGBTQ child in the face and says you’re not equal and you are worth less. This EO does not protect religious freedoms, instead it promotes hate and fear fueled rhetoric to openly enter our workplaces, schools, and communities. Promoting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and other groups is not only wrong, but is regressive and repulsive.” “This executive order directly contradicts the unwavering rule of law and core value of equal protection—also known as freedom. It undermines crucial safeguards against discrimination that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to survive and succeed. If consistent with past draft orders, Trump’s Executive Order could allow school counselors to deny LGBTQ youth life-saving services, school administrators to forbid interracial couples at school functions, and LGBTQ educators could lose their jobs simply because of who they love.” “This is executive order is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, people of color, and other marginalized groups. We call on President Trump to renew his commitment to the LGBTQ community and protect LGBTQ youth by not signing this executive order.”
Prioritize Working Families, Not Corporate Tax CutsIowa's working families need strong public services, well funded public schools, and clean drinking water, all of which have been de-funded and de-prioritized by Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and the Republican legislature in favor of massive tax breaks for the wealthy. In fact, 67 tax breaks will cost our state budget $1 billion this year alone. Our state doesn't have a revenue problem. Republicans have a priorities problem.