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CONTINUED IMMIGRATION ATROCITIES: As the awareness grows of the self-made humanitarian crisis, there are many ways we can help. Yesterday’s suggestions are still appropriate to work on: http://roganslist.blogspot.com/2019/06/62519-nationalissues-deplorable.html Here are more:
IMMIGRATION--CHILD SEPARATION/BORDER CRISIS: The Senate and the House have now each passed a bill for more funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48776045. The House bill has much more restrictions on how the administration can use the money and contains clear standards for the care of children. Another key difference is that the House bill bans the HHS secretary from waiving requirements for facilities designated as emergency influx shelters, which has enabled the government to house children longer than the 20 days required in the Flores Settlement, and is one of the reasons that some of the children in Homestead, Florida have been detained for as much as 8 or 9 months. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/450215-house-passes-45b-border-funding-bill. Now the bills must be reconciled. Let’s tell our MoCs that we need strong language in the final bill that assures children cannot be detained any longer than the 20 days mandated by Flores, and that we do not want any unrestricted money going to ICE and DHS that is not specifically earmarked for humanitarian care. We should also remind them that tent cities cost more than keeping children with their parents.
IMMIGRANT CHILDREN – DONATING ITEMS: Despite the horrifying circumstances of immigrant children held in Clint TX reported this week by the NY Times-- https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/us/migrant-children-border-soap.html --children are being returned to this border patrol facility:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/06/25/immigrant-children-returned-clint-west-texas-facility/. And despite the government’s claims about lack of resources, Border Patrol is rejecting private donations, claiming that “Without a change in law, DHS, CPB and Border Patrol cannot accept those private donations”: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/06/24/texas-border-facility-donations-turned-away/ Perhaps we should inundate our MoCs with soap, toothpaste, food, brushes and combs, toys; maybe someone will pay attention and create legislation that will improve conditions. We can also donate to these organizations: https://helpdetainedchildren.org/
IMMIGRATION--MONEY NEEDED FOR BAIL: Advocates say that one of the most effective ways of reuniting children and families is to pay their bail. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-what-it-costs-to-free-one-immigrant-from-detention-2018-06-20? Let’s consider contributing to one of the bail funds listed at the end of this article.
VISIT CONGRESS MEMBERS TO DEMAND INTERNMENT CAMP HEARINGS: After so many heart-wrenching reports of the appalling conditions in the interment, we must demand that Congress takes action. We can start by visiting our local Congress members to demand investigations, using this guide to help us out. When we click here, we will find a call to action, talking points, an instruction video and more to help us have a successful visit to get our Congress members to start Internment Camp Hearings: https://bit.ly/2FxMtv3
TWITTER STORM TO HELP KIDS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS: The plight of children held in terrifying and squalid conditions, forcibly separated from their families is almost too much to bear, but we cannot look away. As we look instead for ways to help, we can click here to join Action Together Network’s Twitter Warriors’ “Help the Kids in Camps” Twitter storm this Sunday, June 30, at 8pm EST. The link gives us easy to send, prewritten tweets with 30 ways to help these suffering children that we can share with our families friends and social media followers: http://bit.ly/2X6xWwq
WAYFAIR AND BOYCOTTS: ”Under the hashtag #BoycottWayfair, customers and businesses took to Twitter to announce they were canceling orders from the online home goods retailer, returning purchases and boycotting the retailer until the company apologizes. One employee estimated that 500 workers walked out of the company’s Boston headquarters in protest at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, holding signs that read “solidarity with migrant families” and “people not prisons.” The company agreed to donate $100,000 to the Red Cross, but employees were quick to point out that the Red Cross does not work with immigrants and detention centers and that the money would be better donated to RAICES. Let’s chose to spend our money elsewhere and let Wayfair know that they don’t have us as a customer any longer. Let’s also tell them that if they are serious, they will reconsider and make a donation to RAICES instead of Red Cross. Contact their corporate office here: 617-532-6100 or 4 Copley Place, Floor 7, Boston, MA 02116 or @Wayfair
OTHER COMPANIES BENEFITTING FROM IMMIGRANT MISTREATMENT: There are innumerable companies benefiting from detention and working with ICE. Lists are currently be made to share so that we can target specific companies to appeal to their better nature to stop assisting or withdraw our dollars from them: Here are two such lists we can start using: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1143653733437444096.html and https://grabyourwallet.org/Action%20Alert.html
BANK OF AMERICA: “A day after touring the Homestead detention center for unaccompanied immigrant teenagers, Bank of America decided it will pull out of the private prison and detention industry.“ https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article231993637.html Let’s thank Bank of America Headquarters: 704-386-5681 or 100 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28255
ORGANIZATIONS SPEAKING OUT: Several organizations have spoken out against the conditions and inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border: https://thehill.com/latino/450308-american-bar-association-condemns-conditions-at-migrant-child-detention-centers-as-a and https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/lwv-demands-immediate-action-resolve-inhumane-treatment-asylum-seekers and https://www.cbr.com/highlights-magazine-statement-trump-detention-centers/ Let’s contact organizations, groups, or businesses we respect and ask them to also make a statement against what is happening.
VOTER REGISTRATION IDEAS: A young woman added a voter registration able to her quinceañera recently. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/quincea-era-adds-voter-registration-her-celebration-boost-latino-voting-n1019236 Let’s try to find large group gatherings, summer festivals, back-to-school events, etc., and see about adding a voter registration table to help make it easy for people to register and, hopefully, vote!
KAVANAUGH: During the 2018 election, current House Judiciary Chair, Jerrold Nadler, promised to investigate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for potential perjury. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/us/politics/kavanaugh-house-investigation.html. In addition to the allegations of sexual misconduct raised by Christine Blasey Ford, people are also concerned that Kavanauh deliberately concealed some of his writings about Roe v. Wade during the time he worked for George Bush that would show clear bias and prevent him from adjudicating on that issue. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/brett-kavanaugh-perjury-investigation-probe-democrats-house-judiciary-committee-a8740831.html. However, since the Democrats took control of the House, the Judiciary Committee has not done anything to investigate Kavanaugh and with controversial reproductive rights laws now passed in many states, Roe v. Wade might be on the line. Let’s contact House Judiciary Chair, Jerrold Nadler, (202-225-5635) along with other members of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to investigate Kavanaugh for perjury and deliberate disclosure.
IRAN: Trump says he doesn’t need Congressional approval to strike Iran, setting a dangerous precedent. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/450117-trump-i-do-not-need-congressional-approval-to-strike-iran. On Friday, the Senate will be voting on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the president from launching a military strike without Congressional approval, and rather than exercising their Constitutional responsibilities on what should be a no-brainer, most of the Republican Senators are already calling for their conference to defeat the amendment. https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/450500-senate-to-vote-friday-on-trumps-iran-war-authority. Let’s remind our Republican Senators that it is Congress’s Constitutional job to declare war and instigate military action, and this grave responsibility should not be left to an impulsive, uninformed and self-serving president with little knowledge and understanding of the ramifications of his actions.
MUELLER TESTIMONY: Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying on July 17th (if somehow not blocked by the Trump administration) after a joint subpoena from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committiees:
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/450358-mueller-to-testify-in-front-of-house-judiciary-intelligence-committees-next Let’s contact Chairmen Nadler and Schiff to ask them to structure the hearing to maximize hearing from Mueller and minimize the Republican propaganda (think Kavanaugh/Blasey-Ford hearing): https://intelligence.house.gov/ and. https://judiciary.house.gov/
NYC GAY RIGHTS: Marchers and watchers interested in participating in the 50th Stonewall anniversary on June 30 have a choice to make: https://www.6sqft.com/same-celebration-different-courses-the-routes-of-pride-marches-and-parades-in-nyc/ The Pride Parade features floats and contingents assembled by sponsor corporations famous for their financial greed and corruption: https://www.nycpride.org/sponsors/ The Queer Liberation March—beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Sheridan Square—will be a grassroots action to “address the many social and political battles that continue to be fought locally, nationally, and globally.” Let’s chose!
CLIMATE DEBATE ACTION: This week, as we listen to the Democratic candidates debate, is the ideal time to press the DNC to host a debate specifically focused on the climate crisis; not only did the DNC reject holding such a debate when it was proposed by WA governor Jay Inslee, but he was told “that if we participated in anyone else's climate debate, we will not be invited to future debates":
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/inslee-says-dnc-rejected-his-call-for-climate-debate/ We can post on social media during or around this week’s debates, call the DNC (202-863-8000), or at the very least sign and help circulate the petition from the US Youth Climate Strike at:
CELEBRATE JULY 4: VoteVets.org, a progressive and politically engaged non-profit which boasts over 600,000 members, has teamed up with Rags of Honor, a company that makes T-shirts and helps/employs veterans (https://ragsofhonor.us). At the July 4th celebrations on the Mall in DC, they're planning to hand out -- for free -- shirts honoring John McCain; they're hoping to give them to members of Congress as well. "While VoteVets and John McCain never much saw eye-to-eye on policy, and probably still would not if he was around today, his family’s service to America spoke to that sense of realizing this nation is bigger than just one man. Honoring that kind legacy – especially of a political opponent’s – seemed fitting for July 4.” (No denying that it's a little jab at Trump, too.) If we can, let's buy a shirt, fund the effort, or volunteer to hand out the shirts on the day: https://www.fundtheshirt.com
PRESIDENTIAL COMMENT LINE: Volunteers of the current administration generally staff the comment line. Callers are reporting that the people who answer the phones are saying that most of the calls are in support of Trump. Let’s change that: 202-456-1111
STATE SPECIFIC ISSUES
DEMONSTRATE FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE THIS SATURDAY: Every day, we learn more about the horrific conditions in the Detention Camps. One way to show strongly that we do NOT support this cruelty is to join a demonstration against it. We can join Immigrant Justice Now and take to the streets again in cities everywhere on June 29. We can find events here or how to host one as well: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/march-for-immigrant-justice
CA: NATIONAL NETWORK ASSEMBLY RECEPTION/FUNDRAISER: The planners of this summer’s National Network Assembly will be hosting a reception on Saturday June 29 in San Francisco where we can learn more. Here’s the link to RSVP. Please feel free to share with others who want to make an impact. And if you can’t make it but still want to help, please make a contribution here.
PROTEST ABUSIVE TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS IN DETENTION CAMPS: As outrage builds over the cruel and inhumane conditions in the camps where many aspiring immigrants to this country are held, plans are being made for a nationwide protest on July 12. We can click this link to find out more about Protest Vigils at Detention Centers near us, or to start our own: https://www.lightsforliberty.org/ We can also click here to see Lights4Liberty’s Facebook page and find out more about their plans and events: https://www.facebook.com/lights4liberty/
NATIONAL NETWORK ASSEMBLY: The first National Network Assembly, made up of hundreds of local grassroots leaders organizers from around the country is happening in Des Moines, IA, August 22 to 25. https://mailchi.mp/thedemlabs/nationalnetworkassembly There will be workshops, sessions, and meetings in which participants will strategize, plan, and learn skills to take home to their groups. The 2019 National Network Assembly will strengthen the connective tissue between grassroots groups by bridging multiple networks and organizations that represent over 1,000 leaders across all 50 states. We can find more information, register to attend, and donate to the scholarship fund here: https://www.nationalnetworkassembly.org/ We can use this document to invite others to attend: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oKWdGLESqQYFVIa3JXQrtsXO9zrZv7ihCdGfnmSZ0-M/edit
“Against the backdrop of the ornate altar of New York City’s Riverside Church, a cast of Hollywood A-listers participated in a live reading of portions of the Mueller report Monday night called “The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts.” The reading was streamed on the Law Works website.” https://www.apnews.com/ccbda9a5150747869a048624689a36d3 In case we missed it, we can watch it here: https://lawworksaction.org/
Children Were Dirty, They Were Scared, They Were Hungry: An Immigration Attorney Describes What She Witnessed at the Border - https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/06/child-detention-centers-immigration-attorney-interview/
Elizabeth Warren Channels the Real New Deal : Her plans to remake the U.S. economy are as sweeping as FDR’s - https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-24/elizabeth-warren-s-plans-for-u-s-economy-channel-fdr-s-new-deal