Call to Action
(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
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.
(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.”
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:
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.
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:
- 5 Tips For Being An Ally (Chescaleigh on YouTube)
- How To Be A Straight Ally (with Ash Hardell) (DarkSquidge on YouTube)
If you prefer the written word, here are some articles on being an ally:
(from Americans of Conscience)
TAKE ACTION by showing gratitude. Let’s write or call those we appreciate for there recent actions in opposition of the Executive Branch or the GOP agenda.
1. Thank Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for demanding answers about the administration’s policy of separating families and its detention conditions for unaccompanied children. Thank you for using your position to uplift the silenced and highlight this wrong.
- Call: 202-224-3753
- Email: merkley.senate.gov/contact
- Write: 121 SW Salmon Street Suite 1400 Portland, OR, 97204
2. Thank Justin Trudeau for refusing to meet with the president about NAFTA with sunset preconditions. We’re grateful you understand the difference between our leader and the American people. We’re working hard for change.
- Email: pm.gc.ca/eng/connect
- Write: PM Justin Trudeau, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6 (Postage: $1.15)
- Trudeau declines to meet Trump because of US precondition (Tampa Bay Times)
3. Thank Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for working together to heal the culture of silence that feeds workplace harassment. Their bill, the Empower Act, gives people a voice to protect themselves.
Sen. Kamala Harris:
- Call: 202-224-3553
- Email: harris.senate.gov/contact/email
- Write: 333 Bush Street, Suite 3225, San Francisco, CA 94104
Sen. Lisa Murkowski:
- Call: 202-224-6665
- Email: murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email
- Write: 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501
- The EMPOWER Act Is an Important Step Toward Addressing Workplace Harassment (People for the American Way)
4. Thank Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson for advocating for stable housing as a precursor to physical and mental health. We commend your company’s $200 million investment to address housing stability and homelessness.
- Write: One Kaiser Plaza, 1550 Ordway, Oakland, California 94612
- Kaiser Permanente Announces $200 Million Impact Investment, Partners with U.S. Mayors and CEOs to Address Housing Stability (PR Newswire)
5. Thank Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for protecting older Americans’ financial security. The senators authored the Senate version of the Senior Safe Act, included in the bipartisan banking reform package signed by the president.
Sen. Susan Collins:
- Call: 202-224-2523
- Email: collins.senate.gov/contact
- Write: 202 Harlow Street, Room 20100, Bangor, ME 04401
Sen. Claire McCaskill:
- Call: 202-224-6154
- Email: mccaskill.senate.gov/contact
- Write: 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101, Springfield, Missouri 65806
6. Thank the Mexican American Legislative Caucus for organizing a June 5 hearing at the Texas Capitol to end family separation. Many Americans are working hard to oppose this policy and appreciate your advocacy.
- Write: Westgate Tower, 1122 Colorado Street, Suite 107, Austin, TX 78701
- Twitter: @RAICESTEXAS
7. Thank the Al Otro Lado for representing and advocating for the rights of people seeking refuge and asylum in the United States. Americans all over the country stand with you and take action on the issues you […]
It’s estimated more than 1,000 children have been separated from their families at the border as a result of the Trump administration’s brutal and mean-spirited “zero tolerance” policy towards migrants. TODAY, June 14, people across the country are rallying to protest this deliberate inhumanity and call for immediate reform.
What can you do?
ATTEND A PROTEST
The local Families Belong Together rally is *tonight* from 6-7:30 at San José’s City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, and TWWSJ will be attending. Here’s the official event information on Facebook and here’s the information for meeting up with TWWSJ folks at the rally.
Call, email, or Resistbot Congress! Let Senators Feinstein & Harris know you support the legislation they are working on & tell your Representative your views – 5Calls will give you a script & the phone numbers for your Members of Congress. Don’t forget you can email, fax, or use Resistbot.
Dept of Homeland Security: Tell DHS Secretary Nielsen to abandon the cruel practice of separating families seeking protection at our borders. Children belong with their parents, not locked up in detention centers.
- Email DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov or call 202-282-8495
Dept of Justice: Call the comment line at 202-353-1555 to tell Atty General Jeff Sessions not to restrict access to asylum for vulnerable people fleeing domestic and gang violence.
Sign petitions, then follow up by sharing on social media. Here are two:
Donate money to help organizations serve and advocate for migrant families. Consider giving to:
- Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) – Local; donate to directly support free legal services, advocacy work for more just laws, and leadership training for community leaders in the Bay Area.
- The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) – TX border; donate to the Bond Fund to help families reunite.
- ActBlue – donate to 8 organizations working to protect kids separated from their families: 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).
LEARN more about this travesty. Great info here:
- #FamiliesBelongTogether: Oppose Inhumane Immigration Policies (Suit Up Maine)