“One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference—all the difference in the world!” — Dr. Jane Goodall
Congress reconvenes today, and Trump is expected to take action to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Take action today on these issues:
- Senate confirmation of Trump appointees
- Support overtime pay
- Hold ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) accountable
- Learn more about homelessness and the unhoused population in our city
Support DREAMers! Ending DACA would cruelly put 800,000 people at risk of deportation (not to mention harm the U.S. economy). In anticipation of Trump’s decision to end the program, what can you do?
Call your representative to support the DREAM Act of 2017! Use this script from 5 Calls:
“I’m calling to express my support for H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge Rep ___ to support this legislative solution to protecting the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.”
Note: Zoe Lofgren has already signed on as cosponsor, and both of our senators support the Senate equivalent, SB 1615, but here’s the contact info for our other South Bay reps:
- Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
- Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339
Show up to a rally or event in support of DACA and DREAMers TODAY. SIREN has organized an event for THIS MORNING (Tuesday 9/5, 11:30) at MLK Library in downtown San José. There are also events in Mountain View and San Francisco. Check out the list of options at defenddaca.com.
2. Speak out on Trump’s federal nominees. Read below for more information, and then use this script (or your own!) when calling Senators Feinstein and Harris:
“I’m calling to oppose two of Trump’s nominees. Sam Clovis and Jeffrey Bossert Clark are climate change deniers who will not protect Americans’ health and safety. They do not belong in positions as USDA Chief Scientist or Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division.” When talking to Senator Feinstein’s office, add this script from Americans of Conscience: “I’m also asking Senator Feinstein, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee [SJC], to oppose conducting a single hearing for Barrett, Larsen, and Drieband for lifetime appointments as judges. I am advocating for a thorough review of each nominee. Please urge the Senator to work to properly vet these candidates.”
- Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
- Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
Oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis — a racist, homophobic climate change denier, who, by the way, is also NOT a scientist — for USDA Chief Scientist. If you’d like to read about Clovis, check this out:http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/politics/kfile-sam-clovis-lgbt-comments/index.html.
Oppose Jeffrey Bossert Clark for Top Environmental Prosecutor at the DOJ. If confirmed, Clark — another climate change denier — would lead the Department of Justice’s enforcement of environmental laws and regulations and defend the Environmental Protection Agency. Clark has a long history of opposing environmental protections (he represented BP in lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2011) and, indeed, the government agencies he’s charged with protecting, and prioritizes corporate interests over the environment or public well-being.
TOMORROW (Wednesday) the Senate will be holding a single confirmation hearing for several lifetime (conservative) judicial nominees instead of reviewing each nominee separately. This is an open attempt to bypass the traditional vetting process. Check out this statement from People for the American Way: http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/pfaw-slams-senator-grassley-for-stacking-nominations-hearings/
3. On this day after Labor Day, speak out on overtime pay. From Rogan’s List: “On September 25th, the period for public comment on the Department of Labor’s overtime pay rule will close. The Trump administration is working on undoing an overtime pay rule which was initially set to go into effect December 2016. (http://reut.rs/2tZfWFX) Under the new rule, the maximum salary one could receive in order to qualify for legally mandated overtime pay would have increased to $47,000, double the current threshold. The current salary limit for mandated overtime pay is simply not sufficient; it does not account for different costs of living across the country, and has not been adjusted for inflation since the threshold was set, in 2004. We can share our thoughts on the current minimum salary threshold at the Federal Register: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0002-0001
4. Demand that ICE be accountable for their actions. The ACLU has documented ongoing cruelty and abuse towards detained immigrants. What can you do? Write the Secretary of Homeland Security — and cc your Senators and Representatives — using this script from Americans of Conscience:
“According to reports, my tax dollar is funding abuse, harassment, and malnourishment of immigrants and asylum seekers by ICE officers and detention centers. Further, ICE is also destroying records that could hold them accountable for inhumane actions. Immigrants, law-abiding or not, must be treated with basic human decency. Please initiate an effort to reign in this cruel treatment and unchecked power. America is better than this.”
5. If you’re interested in the ongoing debate in our area about our unhoused neighbors, come to a meeting of interfaith activists TODAY. TWW-SJ member Stephenie Rose Cooper offers this information: “Winter Faith Collaborative meets tomorrow, 9/5, 6:30 pm, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1550 Meridian, SJ, conference room off main lobby. Anyone welcome to come talk about SJ City Council’s actions last week regarding solutions for homeless, and opportunities for working together on issues. Presence will not be interpreted as volunteering to lead anything. Come explore.”
Tell us how it goes in the comments below! Thanks for your activism – it matters!
Don’t forget you can contact your Senators and Representatives through phone (Call 1-844-6-RESIST), email (http://democracy.io), or text (text “Resist” to 50409).