The week of February 18-26 is the first recess of the 115th Congress. It’s time specifically set aside for members of Congress to meet with constituents and get the pulse of the communities they represent.

Want to get involved? Want to make sure your voice is heard? Then plan on joining others across the country at your elected officials' town hall, special event, or create your own event. Become part of Resistance Recess and/or show support for members of Congress who stand with us!

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At a time when collaboration between LGBT and progressive organizations has never been more important, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and CenterLink—the national network of LGBT community centers—are working to fill a new position to help the nation’s more than 280 LGBT community centers more effectively unite, organize, and mobilize against threats from the federal government and protect federal funding for vital client services.

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A large coalition of organizations, including the Los Angeles LGBT Center, are denouncing the recent arrest of an undocumented transgender woman who is a survivor of domestic violence. She was detained last week in an El Paso, Texas courthouse immediately after she was granted a protective order against her abusive partner.

"The actions taken by ICE officials to detain a transgender immigrant while she was at the courthouse getting a restraining order against her abuser, based on a ‘tip’ to ICE possibly from her abuser, are not only outrageous, they violate the law,” said Terra Russell Slavin, Esq., Deputy Director of Policy & Community Building at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

“The Violence Against Women Act contains specific prohibitions on these type of immigration enforcement actions. The LGBT community, its advocates, and domestic violence activists throughout the country will work tirelessly to ensure that immigrant survivors of domestic violence are able to take legal actions to protect themselves from their abusers. We call on our representatives to immediately investigate the actions of ICE officials in this case and to do everything in their power to ensure this travesty doesn't happen again."

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Are you ready to take action against the anti-LGBT agenda of leaders in the federal government?

Here’s your opportunity!

We’re looking for people willing to invest 3-4 hours of their time each week in March. If that’s you, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Leadership LAB will train you to become an effective activist, welcome you to our grassroots activist team, and share with you targeted, strategic opportunities to fight the threats and attacks against LGBT people.

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