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Calls to Action for Monday, July 2

CONTINUE OUR ADVOCACY PARTY!

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” —Representative John Lewis

This week’s actions come from, or build on, Sunday’s TWWSJ VIP (Virtual/In-person) Advocacy Party. Pick any or all to start this week off right!

Today’s issue: Stand up for immigrants

What you can do:

1. Call your Senators and Member of Congress and urge them to stop funding abuse. You can use this script from Americans of Conscience and 5 Calls:

“With nearly 200 detention-related deaths and no accountability for safety and medical violations, ICE does not deserve further government funding. ICE perpetuates the lie that undocumented immigrants are dangerous criminals rather than vulnerable people seeking a better life. As a taxpayer, I don’t want another dollar spent on ICE or construction of more prison camps. Congress must advocate for an immigration enforcement structure that preserves immigrants’ due process rights and basic human dignity. [When talking to your MoC] I especially ask the Representative to support Rep. Pocan’s bill abolishing ICE.”

Call:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339
  • 1-844-USA-0234 to find your MoCs)

2. Already called about defunding ICE? Then call your Senators and Member of Congress and urge them to advocate for lowering immigration bond amounts. Currently those bond fees are higher than under previous administrations, up to $25,000 per person, which keeps people in detention longer and families separated.

While you’re at it, if you haven’t already donated to RAICES, that organization is focused on paying immigrants’ bonds to hasten family reunification.

3. Use Resistbot or the website comment form to contact Governor Jerry Brown and demand that California resources be used to bring families together under the process of asylum, not separate them. You can use this sample text:

“Please do everything in your power to push for the reunification of immigrant families and the protection of children being held in our state. California resources should be used to bring families together under the shelter of asylum, not to wrench them apart. Separating families creates lasting trauma and violence, which will affect all of us.”

4. Call the Dept. of Justice comment line (202-353-1555) to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to restrict access to asylum for vulnerable people fleeing domestic and gang violence. And, more importantly, not to enact even more sweeping regulations that have apparently been proposed. Reportedly these new regulations would mean that anyone convicted of entering the US illegally would become ineligible for asylum (this is not currently the case), would penalize Central Americans who did not seek asylum in Mexico, and otherwise dramatically tighten the standards for asylum, making it impossible for most people to qualify.

5. Call your bank (or the bank issuing your credit card) and demand that they end their investments in U.S. immigration detention. A report last week names six main banks that have played the largest role in financing debt issued by CoreCivic and The GEO Group, the two largest private prison contractors in the U.S, whose stocks, unsurprisingly, are soaring. The six banks are: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas (parent company of Bank of the West), SunTrust, and U.S. Bancorp (U.S. Bank).

You can use this script to email or write to urge divestment:

“I’m a ___ customer and am concerned about this bank’s continued investment in CoreCivic and Geo Group. These companies ignore federal regulations, leading to abuse, neglect, and death for people in their facilities. They are ruthlessly profiting off victims of our anti-immigrant policies. I urge you to cut financial ties immediately and end your investment in immigration detention. History will remember the decision you make.”

Here’s the contact information I was able to dig up:

6. If you’re a teacher, please check out this Facebook post about your retirement funds being invested in mass incarceration.


Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s actions will be about the Supreme Court and the need for a fair, unbiased, moderate judiciary.

By | 2018-07-02T09:01:39-07:00 July 2nd, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Calls to Action for Monday, July 2

Call to Action for Thursday, June 28

Sometimes, the news is so bad that it’s really difficult to know what to do for call to action items. Not surprisingly, this is one of those weeks. Channel your angst into two quick calls:

1. Contact our Senators: “No consideration of any Supreme Court justice until the new Senate is seated in January.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Use Resistbot (text RESIST to 50409 or use Messenger)

 

By | 2018-06-28T11:14:36-07:00 June 28th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Thursday, June 28

Calls to Action for Wednesday, June 27

Two call to actions about kids!

1. A great action item for children! Kids (or you, of course!) can write cards that will be delivered to separated immigrant children in a shelter near Chicago. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) delivered some cards recently and said it meant a lot to them. “I encourage kids across the country to show children who’ve been separated from their parents that we’re thinking of them and we care.”

Mail to:

UAC/ORR Program
ATTN: Cards for Kids
330 C Street, SW
5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20201

More info and a short video from the Senator via Twitter.

2. Call both of your California state legislators about an upcoming bill about online privacy for kids.

“I’d like to leave a message for Senator/Assemblymember ______ urging him to vote yes on AB 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act. AB 375 will take a crucial first step in protecting consumers’ digital privacy and make sure that kids in particular have the special protections they need as the first generation growing up online.”

State Senators:

  • Sen. Bob Wieckowski: (916) 651-4010 or (510) 794-3900
  • Sen. Jim Beall: (916) 651-4015 or (408) 558-1295
  • Sen. Jerry Hill: (916) 651-4013 or (650) 212-3313

State Assemblymembers:

  • Kansen Chu: (510) 440-9030
  • Evan Low: (408) 446-2810
  • Ash Kalra: (408) 277-1220

Look up your state legislators here.

More info:

By | 2018-06-27T11:22:07-07:00 June 27th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Calls to Action for Wednesday, June 27

Call to Action for Tuesday, June 26

SHOW UP THIS WEEK

1. #STANDWITHMUSLIMS Supreme Court just upheld Muslim Ban. MoveOn is organizing a protest TODAY at 5:00-7:00pm at Winchester and Stevens Creek Blvds. (map)

#StandWithMuslims

#StandWithMuslims

2. Join a Protest & Rally at the Federal Building on Thursday, June 28 in San Jose (map). See Facebook event for details.

3. Come to a Families Belong Together rally this Saturday, June 30. Over 600 rallies are planned nationwide. Here are some of the local ones:

  • San Jose: City Hall at 11:00am
  • Mountain View: Gateway Park in on the corner of El Camino and Castro at 7:00pm. Marching to Civic Center Plaza at 7:45pm. Candlelight rally 8-9pm – bring electric candles or wax candles in containers
  • Palo Alto: El Camino and Embarcadero near Town & Country Village (park at high school) at noon.
  • Fremont: Veterans Park at Superior Court House at 10:00am.

4. Have you signed up for Postcards to Voters yet? Now we’re writing for a special election in Ohio that could flip to blue and send another Democrat to Congress! Throw your postcards in the car so you can write when you have a few minutes!

By | 2018-06-26T15:41:16-07:00 June 26th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Tuesday, June 26

TEACHERS: Lobby CalSTRS on Retirement Investments

PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHER TEACHERS!

If you’re a member of TWWSJ’s private Facebook group, you may view this post and discussion there.

CalSTRS, the California State Teacher’s Retirement System, has about 13,000,000 invested in Core Civic and The Geo Group, two for-profit prison companies making money off of immigrant misery at the border. It’s time for teachers to make our voices heard. The City of New York and the City of Philadelphia have both divested their pensions from these companies, California must do so as well! Please:

1. CONTACT YOUR UNION REP and share your concerns with them. Ask them what are next steps.

2. SIGN A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF DIVESTING FROM FOR-PROFIT PRISONS, spearheaded by a TWWSJ member: https://goo.gl/forms/T9fwPoaNSKU1h2K23

OR

Contact Cal-STRS directly! Reach out to the Teacher’s Retirement Board Compensation and Investment Committee at:

  • Email: Board@CalSTRS.com
  • Phone: 916-414-2201.

Sample text:

“I was recently informed that CalSTRS holds stock in CoreCivic Inc., and the GEO Group, two companies involved in running private prisons. These prisons are implicated in the mass incarceration of Americans, and now profit from the imprisonment of refugee children at our borders and the separation of refugee and immigrant families.

As a teacher who has spent my entire career working to serve children and families, I am appalled that CalSTRS would invest our money in organizations which profit from the destruction of families and communities. It is unconscionable that our retirement funds are being used to support this immoral system.

CalSTRS stated approach is “engagement not divestment”. As an account holder, I demand that you a) show me exactly how they are putting pressure on the companies to be better and b) show me evidence that that “pressure” has had any impact whatsoever. If you are unable to do that, then I call for the immediate divestment of these stocks (and those of any other private prison companies) held by CalSTRS and for a socially responsible and beneficent model of investment as a whole.”

3. Check ANY and ALL pensions, investments, and mutual funds for involvement with Core Civic (CXW) or Geo Group (GEO). (CalPERS, FRS). If you have holdings in these prison-for-profit companies, consider divestiture.

4. Reach out to these state leaders to urge divestiture of State pensions in for-profit prisons.

5. Educate yourself further on this issue by reading below. Feel free to discuss, comment, and ask questions.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. Check back soon!

It’s incumbent upon us to DO something. We’re teachers. We know how to make things happen! If you’re not in CalSTRS, there are plenty of other actions to take. Google “fight family separation at the border” for ideas! Let’s come in on the right side of history. Let’s NOT look back in five years and say “my G-d, I saw it coming, why didn’t I do more?”

By | 2018-07-21T13:20:52-07:00 June 22nd, 2018|Actions, Call to Action|1 Comment

Calls to Action, Protest ICE & Family Separation Edition

We created this list of actions you can take from home to support the Indivisible San Jose protest at the ICE facility TODAY in Richmond (event information on Facebook). Here’s the text:

Enough is enough! Outraged about the separation of families at the border? Here’s how you can help:

1. SPEAK UP

  • Congress: Let Senators Feinstein & Harris & your Representative in Congress know you want them to press for families to be reunited. YouLobby.org will give you a script & phone numbers (choose “Immigration” as your issue), or send email or use Resistbot.
  • Dept of Justice: Call the comment line at 202-353-1555 to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to restrict access to asylum for vulnerable people fleeing domestic and gang violence.
  • Profiteers: Email executives of companies that are profiting from imprisoning immigrants and ask them to stop – info & email addresses from Grab Your Wallet.

2. SUPPORT

  • Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) – directly support legal services, advocacy, & training community leaders in the Bay Area.
  • ActBlue Fund – support 8 organizations working to protect kids at the border: Human Rights First, We Belong Together, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Women’s Refugee Commission, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream Action, La Union Del Pueblo Entero, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

3. SHOW UP

4. STUDY UP

Great info from Suit Up Maine.

Find this document with clickable links here: http://bit.ly/ImmigrationActions

By | 2018-06-22T13:14:42-07:00 June 22nd, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Calls to Action, Protest ICE & Family Separation Edition

Call to Action for Thursday, June 21

(from Americans of Conscience)

I believe in democracy… with respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people.

TAKE ACTION by calling your member of congress and senators and encouraging them to hold town halls in July.

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339
  • 1-844-USA-0234 to find your MoC

SCRIPT 

Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP]. Can you tell me whether [name] is planning to hold town hall meetings during the June 30-July 8 recess?

  • If no meetings planned: Can you let me know when s/he plans to meet with his/her constituents?
  • If meetings planned: Thank you—I plan to be there.
By | 2018-06-21T08:51:42-07:00 June 21st, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Thursday, June 21

Call to Action for Tuesday, June 19

(from Silicon Valley Courageous Resistance)

MAKE NO EXCUSES! TAKE ACTION by using 5 Calls to call your Senators and Representatives in the House about their support for the “KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT” to stop the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border.

C2A Support the Keep Families Together Act (5 Calls)

ALL of us have 5 minutes to make three calls today or tomorrow.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Martin Luther King Jr. said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Read more:

By | 2018-06-19T21:21:04-07:00 June 19th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Tuesday, June 19

Call to Action for Monday, June 18

Are you horrified about kids being separated from their families & terrorized, but don’t know what to do? We now know the names of two contractors that are coordinating these child concentration camps: MVM Inc. and General Dynamics.

Here are the emails for General Dynamics’ PR teams (from Shannon Coulter at Grab Your Wallet) — as she says, we’re going to make them work for their paycheck:

Here’s an email template:

Hello,

It has come to my attention that your business is holding immigrant children in jails.

They are children and asylum seekers. They should not be separated from their parents and they shouldn’t be in prison camps.

Please ask your leadership to back out of this contract as there is no way to justify this.

The American people and the world are watching. Do not be part of this terror against the most vulnerable.

By | 2018-06-18T21:58:35-07:00 June 18th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Monday, June 18

Call to Action for Saturday, June 16

TAKE ACTION by being prepared to be a good ally during PRIDE month. It is important for LGBTQ allies to show support, it’s important to keep the focus on the real meaning of Pride and be aware of when — and in what capacity — your presence is appreciated.

What does it take to be a good straight ally during Pride? Here is as hint… it’s not about your Instagram. The following suggestions were extracted from a script published by GLAAD intended to provide insight into how to be a good LGBTQ ally and friend. 

  • Let your friends, family and co-workers know that anti-LGBTQ comments and jokes are harmful and you find them offensive.
  • Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBTQ friends against discrimination.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Contact GLAAD if you see LGBTQ people being misrepresented in the media.

Here are some videos that breakdown being an ally:

If you prefer the written word, here are some articles on being an ally:

By | 2018-06-16T08:05:56-07:00 June 16th, 2018|Call to Action|Comments Off on Call to Action for Saturday, June 16
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