This is part 1. Part 2 will be posted on Monday.
Action #1 – Join us at Families Belong together rally this Saturday!
There are things happening now we will not normalize and we will not forget.
Join us this Saturday, July 28th, from 6-8 pm at the Ventura Co. Government Center! Here are the links for information. RSVP and share, share, share on Facebook. If you’re too far away to join our rally, check here to see if there’s one closer to you.
“As a court-ordered deadline to reunite all eligible families the Trump administration separated at the border elapsed, one in three children still remained away from their parents, with no clear indication when they would be reunited.” (CNN)
The Trump administration stated that more than 900 parents are not eligible for reunification and they’d already deported more than 450 parents without their children. This is unacceptable, and we must continue to work together to demand that the Trump administration immediately reunite all families, end family incarceration, and end the 100% prosecution policy that created this crisis and chaos.
- We DEMAND that Congress establish a task force dedicated to family reunification.
- We DEMAND that families be provided counseling and any other services they require to deal with the trauma inflicted on them by our own government.
- We DEMAND that this administration and its various agencies; indeed, ANYONE who had anything to do with this policy, be held accountable for this humanitarian disaster.
- More talking points to review here.
Action #2 – Contribute to the “I AM A CHILD” movement.
The I AM A CHILD March in DC on Thursday paid homage to the historic I AM A MAN photo from 1968 when Memphis sanitation workers went on strike for their humanity. This new movement is to remind Americans that ALL children are human beings and deserve to be with their parents. Those who couldn’t make that march in person are encouraged to post a photo of their family or their own “I am a child” photo with the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether.
Remember, the administration is putting kids like these in front of judges, by themselves, to plea for asylum.
- Share your photo on Facebook here. And send a copy in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tweet! This digital toolkit has sample messages and downloadable graphics.
- For Instagram, tag @WeBelongTogether and use #FamiliesBelongTogether or use one of the digital toolkit’s graphics!
Action #3 – Help out Project Lifeline!
Our government is unable or unwilling to provide for basic needs of detainees, such as sufficient water, food, hygiene products, blankets and warm clothes. Project Lifeline, a human rights organization was formed to provide humanitarian aid to victims of this crisis and is stepping in where our government has fallen short.
- A) On Tuesday, August 21, Project Lifeline will hold an event. Join us on Facebook Live to watch on the day of the event. More details to come.
- B) Join us in person as a newly minted disaster relief volunteer in convoys of trucks and cars filled with relief items. (If we would like to help lead this relief effort, we can contact them here.
- C) Donate supplies from our Amazon wishlist. For more information, we can check out Project Lifeline’s Facebook page here.
Action #4 – Other things to do.
Check out our compilation of actions, large and small, you can take to help refugees.
Action #5 – Check out what your local representatives are doing to help and thank them for their efforts.
Plus she came up with this nifty bill taking back facilities from ICE:
H.R.2524 – To provide for conveyance of a former immigration and customs facility from the Department of Homeland Security to Ventura County, California.
Salud Carbajal has been busy too.
Notable House bills on refugee issues
- H.R. 6594 – To reunite families separated at or near ports of entry (Brownley is a sponsor. Carbajal not a cosponsor yet)
- H.R.6134 – Keep families together (Both Brownley and Carbajal are both cosponsors)
- H.R.6193 – Central America Family Protection and Reunification Act. (Both Brownley and Carbajal are cosponsors)
- H.R.6527 – To provide access to counsel for children and other vulnerable populations. (Brownley is a cosponsor, Carbajal not a cosponsor yet)
Minimal Script or email: Thank our representatives for their support of these families and urge them to continue to speak out, express our disgust with this cruel violation of policy, and press them on the urgency of reuniting all of these families as soon as possible before children suffer irreversible traumatic effects.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
and for you Adam Schiff fans out there, we have this…
- Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor in violation of anti-slavery laws. (wapo)
- Why are we locking up immigrants for years (newsweek)
- Migrants are fleeing countries the US helped decimate (huffpost)
- The case for repealing the laws that make migration a crime. (nationalimmigration project)
- Find the closest immigrant children’s center near you. They are closer than you think. (propublica)
- A 6-year old separated from her mother was sexually abused in government custody. She’s not the only one. (Vox)