Call to Action Archive 2018-04-09T21:38:06+00:00

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Calls to Action for Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1

The Families Belong Together edition (post 2/4)

U.S. immigration authorities have been separating families at the border for no legitimate reason. At least 700 children have been pulled from their families, about 100 of whom are under age 4.

What can we do?

1. Show up for a rally, *tomorrow* JUNE 1 at noon. The ACLU in partnership with United We Dream, Domestic Workers’ Coalition, and Move On is holding rallies in front of immigration enforcement offices. The one in San Jose is at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 150 Almaden. Protest on the sidewalk outside the building. Do not go up to the U.S. Attorney’s office since it is federal property (h/t Ruth Silver Taube). RSVP for the event at the ACLU People Power site.

2. Call your representatives and express your horror. You can simply say, “The treatment of immigrants at the border is unconscionable. What is the Senator/Representative doing about this?” More specifically, you can use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m asking Rep___ to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop separating families at the U.S. border. This practice hurts innocent children and should be stopped immediately.”

While you’re at it, demand an investigation into ICE and Border Patrol abuse of detainees.

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 MoC

3. Want to support a more specific legislative remedy? Call Senator Feinstein (Harris is already a cosponsor) and ask her to support the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (S.2937), which will protect children who have been abandoned at home or at school after their parents have been arrested or detained by US immigration authorities. Read about the protections this bill will provide via Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN).

4. Donate to an organization that is working on immigration and border issues, like the ACLU or KIND (Kids in Need of Defense). KIND aims to ensure that no unaccompanied children appear in the US immigration system without an attorney.

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Thursday, May 31

The Wear Orange edition (post 1/4)

This weekend, June 1-3, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action are sponsoring a Wear Orange Weekend to rally folks around the idea that we can do so much more to end gun violence.

Besides wearing orange, what can you do?

1. Check out our local Moms Demand Action chapter on Facebook.

2. Call Sen. Feinstein and ask her to cosponsor S. 2009, which aims to make background checks nearly universal. The bill would close the “gun show loophole” by mandating that all sellers run potential buyer information through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to ask [SEN NAME] to support for S. 2009, the Background Check Expansion Act. Closing loopholes that allow the wrong people to buy guns is a necessary step Congress must take to strengthen our current gun policies and protect Americans from the rampant gun violence devastating our country.”

Call:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707

3. Call your representative and ask her/him to introduce legislation to address children’s access to guns. Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws are proven to be among the most effective policies to reduce gun violence, including suicide and unintentional injuries and death. There are no CAP laws in place at the federal level, and 23 states do not have CAP laws.

Call:

  • 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

4. Donate to the new PAC created by parents from the Parkland community, Families Versus Assault Rifle PAC, which aims to take on candidates backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, May 28

(from Wall-of-Us)

TAKE ACTION by taking one or more of the following actions:

  1. Demand am investigation into customs and border patrol abuses.
  2. Ask your Member of Congress to repeal Trump’s transgender military ban. 
  3. Educate yourselves on Trump’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
  4. Support the Texas College Democrats and help turn Texas blue by donating.
May 28th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|0 Comments

Announcing: TWWSJ New Community Partner of San José Peace and Justice Center

Last month, Together We Will-San José was accepted as a Community Partner of the San José Peace and Justice Center.

This status connects us with the several dozen venerable organizations that are also Partners of the Center and gives us access to the Center’s meeting space! We’ll be starting to once again have monthly gatherings (in addition to our Event of the Month) – they will be at the Center on the first Sunday evening of every month. The first of these is our Voter Information Potluck on June 3 – hope to see you there!

Take a look at the Peace and Justice Center’s website and consider signing up for their weekly email newsletter to get notified of events on their calendar (in addition to the events that are shared here in the group). Click on the Community Partners link to see all the other progressive organizations whose ranks we have joined.

More information from the San Jose Peace & Justice Center:

Printing fliers for an event? Creating your organization’s brochure? Lucky enough to be gathering materials for a fun-filled afternoon of canvassing???

The Peace and Justice Center can help with any and all peace- and/or justice-related printing/scanning/copying needs. All prints and copies are by donation, with a suggested donation of 5¢ per side for black and white (10¢/side for color).

Stop by the center weekdays between 4 and 7 PM to print or copy.

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action, Philanthropy Friday|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Sunday, May 13

TAKE ACTION by committing to fighting for the rights of all mothers.

1. Check out momsrising.org and support their good work.

2. Fight against juvenile fees in your state. #DebtFreeJustice

3. Support incarcerated moms.

4. Get local governments to lean in on gender pay equity.

C2A Americans spend a total of $23.1 billion on Mother’s Day, yet America’s policies in support of mothers have always been among the worst in the world– and Trump has made them even worse. From gutting the Affordable Care Act to tearing immigrant mothers and children apart to forcing us to explain daily bad behavior to our children, the Trump Administration has made it harder for mothers across America. We get it, just like comedian Ali Wong many of us don’t want to “lean in” we want to “lie down”! But the stakes are too high and on this Mother’s Day, all-of-us must commit to fighting for the rights of mothers.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

May 13th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|0 Comments

Philanthropy Friday: Mother’s Day Roundup

#PhilanthropyFridays are a monthly post where members can suggest donation opportunities or paid events that fit with our group’s mission. Each month there will be a featured opportunity, and members are welcome to add other opportunities in the comments section. Know of an org doing great work who could use a little extra help, or of an awesome event/fundraiser that members might be interested in? Drop us a line!

Today’s donation opportunities were suggested by members of our Facebook group.

May 11th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action, Philanthropy Friday|0 Comments
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