Action Steps Against US Government Cruelty

Many of you have asked “What can I do?”  There are many calls to action and many ways to engage. NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGHT!  The list below includes only a few examples.  The posts start with time sensitive material.  Some of the dates have passed, but I have kept them on as documentation.  The bottom has more general ways you can take action.  This post is continually being updated, so please check back frequently.  If you have information that belongs on this post,  please email me at info@aimeegolant.com.

Join and support upcoming mobilizations at the border:

Thursday,  June 21st – Faith mission to the Ursula processing center in TX, led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Please email Jordyn Bussey at bussey@civilrights.org to join the delegation of rabbis, ministers, bishops, and other faith leaders who will be ministering to children and holding a vigil outside of Ursula.

Interfaith Vigil to End the Separation
of Immigrant Families
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Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Grace Cathedral – Outdoor Plaza
1100 California, San Francisco

Join us to pray and bear witness in response to the government’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border. Some two thousand children have already been separated from their parents. The San Francisco Interfaith Council, in partnership with co-host Grace Cathedral and our faith partners from diverse traditions, will gather in solidarity and prayer at 6:15 pm on Thursday, June 21st at the outdoor plaza of Grace Cathedral. Please encourage your faithful to attend.  If your faith community has issued a statement on this critical issue, you are encouraged to forward it to the SFIC for inclusion on our website. Please email statements to: cynthiaz@sfinterfaithcouncil.org

Saturday, June 23rd – Families Belong Together March in San Diego, CA, led by San Diego Indivisible. See additional details on Facebook.

Saturday, June 23rd Bay Area Protest:

Sunday, June 24th – Action in Tornillo, TX, led by Voto Latino. Visit www.stopseparation.org to sign up and learn more.
Thursday, June 28th – Mass mobilization at the Brownsville Federal Court in TX, led by the ACLU. Join the #FamiliesBelongTogether rally in Linear Park at 11 a.m. RSVP here or on Facebook and contact Natalie Montelongo at nmontelongo@aclu.org with questions.  Date TBD (Possibly July 1st) – Moms march from El Paso to Tornillo, TX, led by Paola Mendoza. Email pmendoza44@gmail.com for more details and to join.

June 25th-: PARENTS EVERYWHERE CARE: This is a group of parents, activists and organizations from San Francisco who are going to Texas.No automatic alt text available.

Please share this post far and wide and check our postings for further updates. Please contact Julie Chronister at jchronis@sfsu.edu for more information or to help organize. If you would like to donate to help us take action, effect change, and support those on the ground in Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX please consider a donation @ https://paypal.me/pools/c/85juWteIIH. Funds are being directed towards ground level efforts and organization directly helping children and their families.

Tuesday,  June 26th – 7am – 7pm — Day of Action at West County Detention Center— 5555 Giant Hwy Richmond, California 94806.  Action begins at 7:00AM. Vigil until 7:00PM. Press conference/rally at 12NOON with members of the Richmond City Council and representatives of local organizations. All organizations endorsing the action are invited to participate. Individuals drIving to the action are encouraged to stop by the Richmond BART Station (east side) to help shuttle. Van shuttle begins at approximately 8:30AM and will continue throughout the day, twice an hour. Bring sunscreen, water, snacks and signs. We are absolutely committed to non-violence.

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30pm, Refuse Fascism Bay Area chapter planning meeting, 1590 Bryant St., San Francisco (Sports Basement, 3rd Floor)

Thursday, June 28, 6pm, Join Refuse Fascism at Indivisible’s Vigil and protest. San Pablo and Central, El Cerrito. The theme of this protest will be to oppose turning the former Concord Naval Weapons Station into a concentration camp for immigrants.

Thursday, June 28, 7pm – Showing of the film The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! A Better World Is Possible!, a talk by Bob Avakian. Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA.

Friday,  June 29 – Lawyer Moms of America Action!   Lawyer moms around the country are gathering at senators’ offices to deliver an open letter stating their opposition to the current federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents. RSVP and view more details on Facebook.

Saturday, June 30th – Join and support a mass mobilization on June 30th in Washington, DC and across the country. Join a march on Washington and Families Belong Together rally led by MoveOn and others. Distributed actions will be planned across the country. To partner on the DC event or 6/30 distributed events, please RSVP here for a partners call at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 19th. RSVP here even if you can’t make it to receive follow up details on how to plug in.
National RSVP Page: FamiliesBelongTogether.org DC Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/401815953659712/

Partnership Form: http://moveon.org/partner to cosponsor the event publicly, join working groups (DC logistics, DC press, DC turnout, and coordination of distributed actions), anchor major rallies in other cities, and more.  Volunteer with local organizations. Sacred Heart Church, NETA, ProBAR, and the Texas Civil Rights Project are just some of the organizations you can help if you are in TX or willing to travel there. Please refer to the Families Belong Together Guide on How to Help for more details.

Saturday, June 30th, Bay Area Actions:

Families Belong Together - San Francisco's photo.

We also encourage you to join the June 30th Moveon.org march for families being separated at the border.  Women’s March San Francisco is working in close collaboration with the organizers and are excited to share this event with the community.  VOLUNTEER TO KEEP THE RALLY SAFE: Sign up here.

 

MAKE CALLS:  Weigh in with Members of Congress! Encourage your network/membership to urge their Members of Congress to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop separating families and to VOTE DOWN the two anti-immigrant bills moving through the House this week. The House is expected to vote on two anti-immigrant bills on Thursday, June 21st: one proposed by Rep. Goodlatte and another proposed by Speaker Ryan. Neither bill addresses the administration’s policy of separating families, and neither bill fixes the administration’s decision to end DACA.

You may also call:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Comment Line at (202) 282-8495
  • U.S. Department of Justice Comment Line at (202) 353-1555
  • The White House Comment Line at (202) 456-1111

On family separation: The ACLU has a call tool specifically for Senators; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has a call tool that directs calls, tweets, facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress. Herd on the Hill will be hand-delivering letters to Congress starting June 19th and continuing ‘as long as it takes’ on the issue of family separation at the border. Individuals can compose letters for delivery on the Herd on the Hill portal that will be cloud-printed in DC and walked over to the House and Senate.  You play a crucial role in our fight.   And our jobs aren’t done –

United We Dream’s call tool opposing both the Goodlatte bill and Ryan bill: 844-505-3769 directs calls to target House moderates; when folks call the line, they will hear a recording directing them on asks.

Continue speaking out on social media to raise awareness about the administration’s cruel policy. Keep tweeting at @realDonaldTrump and @SecNielsen to stop forcibly separating families. We Belong Together’s demands for the Administration can be RT’d here. Ask the administration: what are its plans to reunify the families it has torn apart?
Sample tweets can be found here. Use #FamiliesBelongTogether Graphics.

Sign and circulate a petition to your membership/network.
The ACLU, MomsRising, MoveOn, and CREDO have petitions to Sec. Nielsen. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Change.org also have a new petition out to the Department of Homeland Security.  The Women’s March has a petition to Ivanka Trump.
Define American has a petition to Attorney General Sessions.  The National Domestic Workers Alliance has a petition to President Trump.  The Women’s Refugee Commission also has a petition that is easy to sign and share.

Write Letters:  Use this link to send a letter to your Senator through the Jewish Community Relations Council website:

Your Senator needs to hear your voice advocating for immediate action to stop separating families at the border.

Ivanka’s Rabbi in Washington DC is:
Rabbi Levi Shemtov,  TheShul, 2110 Leroy Pl. NW, Washington DC. 20008.
However small or big Ivanka’s influence, as a senior official, she should be admonished or shunned due to the cruelty and hatred shown by the administration.

Contribute financially if possible.
Purchase something off of the Sacred Heart Amazon Wishlist or donate directly to organizations leading this work on the ground and nationally:
ProBAR and IJP (ProBAR is currently representing 1,000+ kids)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
The Florence Project
RAÍCES #FreeOurFamilies Family Reunification Bond Fund
Refuse Fascism
National Immigrant Justice Center
Women’s Refugee Commission
Texas Civil Rights Project
Al Otro Lado
RMIAN
LUPE
Fuerza del Valle
Grassroots Leadership
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Legal Services for Children
Other orgs can be viewed in Slate’s roundup.

Lawyers:  Look here:
Tailored asks and resources for lawyers looking to engage and for organizations needing lawyers/support for legal services:  L4GG: If you are a lawyer, please join more than 1,000 lawyers who have signed up to volunteer to do legal work for immigrants separated from their children here. If you are an organization needing volunteer lawyers, please email Traci Feit Love, President and Executive Director at Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG), at support@l4gg.org.

Friends in Los Angeles who are interested in volunteering to provide legal help to families at the border, please follow link (sponsored by Wilshire Blvd Temple) and complete the form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedmJZktl3z9bhhcA5zundjEZDZ52pvmW_M-7toCQGtJsLAfA/viewform.

We The Action: We The Action is a digital platform that makes it easy for lawyers to find and volunteer for critical, impactful—and often urgent—legal needs posted by We The Action’s nonprofit partners. WTA currently has several projects available for lawyers who want to help parents and children who have been separated at the border. Many of these projects can be done remotely, with any bar license.

Lawyer Moms of America Action on Friday, June 29th: Lawyer moms around the country are gathering at senators’ offices to deliver an open letter stating their opposition to the current federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents. RSVP and view more details on Facebook.

VOLUNTEER to take a case with Legal Services for Children SF. They have a long list of cases awaiting placement, including children in detention. Please contact Pro Bono Director Ashley Melwani, Ashley@lsc-sf.org.

Thank you for all that you’re doing to keep families together!
This document was compiled by me along with your suggestions and the Immigration Hub in collaboration/partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, JCRC, We Belong Together, the ACLU, America’s Voice, MomsRising, MoveOn, and United We Dream.

 

It’s already past time that we stand up and act.  Do all that you can to stop Trump and his cruel, authoritarian ways!!!

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