Actions Week of February 13
1. Continue to fight the Muslim Ban
House and Senate lawmakers have introduced legislation to reverse and defund Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Action Into the United States”.
- In the House H.R. 724, the Statue of Liberty Values Act would block funding and implementation of Trump’s ban.
- Senate: S. 240 would rescind the ban and S. 248 would block funding for the ban.
Together We Will is partnering with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) to stop Trump’s ban. Please join us in emailing your lawmakers today to urge them to cosponsor and pass this legislation. Learn more at NIACaction.org
2. Call and write to your Governor
State governors have the authority to take many steps to protect immigrants in their state, from restricting the use of state funds to arrest or detain immigrants, to lobbying the federal government to change its policies. Our governors need to protect immigrants, many who have been here since childhood, from harsh and unnecessary federal immigration policies.
Call your governor to demand they take defined steps to protect immigrants.
Sample Script (provided by 5calls.org)
Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to ask what steps [Governor’s Name] is taking to protect our immigrant community from aggressive deportation tactics of the Trump administration.
[IF CLEAR STEPS ARE IDENTIFIED]: Please tell the governor I thank them for standing for the immigrants in our state, and expect them to continue to resist Trump’s agenda. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF UNKNOWN OR CLEAR STEPS ARE NOT IDENTIFIED]: I urge the governor to take action in supporting and protecting the immigrant communities in our state. We have undocumented immigrants who are productive and valued members of our community and I demand [he/she] shield them from the Trump agenda. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
Write to your governor to demand fiscal accountability. The federal government does not reimburse local authorities for ICE detention requests, costing state and local governments millions of dollars.
As your constituent, I am writing this letter to urge you and your appropriate state agencies to prevent any and all state funds from being used to arrest or detain immigrants solely for immigration violations. Our state tax dollars should go to strengthening our state’s education system, not to unfunded federal immigration mandates.
Immigrants of all statuses are valuable members of our community and it is a waste of our policing time and resources to assist ICE.
Please reply to this letter with an outline of the steps you will be taking to prevent my state tax dollars from being spent on ICE enforcement activities.
3. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
Sample Letter to the Editor:
Immigrants provide so much to our community and economy, they should be welcomed and praised for their contributions. Immigrants are more likely to start their own businesses which creates jobs for both immigrants and native born Americans. In fact, small businesses owned by immigrants employ over 4 million Americans, 170 times as many as are employed by Trump Industries.
Even undocumented immigrants contribute to the health of our economy. Studies have shown that these immigrants pay over $11 billion a year in taxes. The only tax records we’ve ever seen for President Trump, show that he probably doesn’t pay any federal taxes. Plus, lower wage immigrants spend most of their income locally, keeping money circulating in the economy and not just filling up a billionaire’s pocket.
Lastly, but most importantly, immigrants contribute to the diversity of our nation which is essential for us to remain leaders of technology and industry around the world. Decades of research have shown that more diverse groups continuously outperform less diverse groups when it comes to problem-solving.
We should continue to welcome immigrants to the US, and thank those who chose to live here for their valued contributions.
Photo Credit: Ferdinand Stöhr
INDIVISIBLE Actions This Week:
4 Tips For Indivisible Organizers:
- Be open, be honest: the more transparent you are, the more other organizers can step up in your local group and help make it great.
- A good organizer is a lazy organizer: always look for how you can get other people to take ownership of what your group is doing and step up as leaders.
- Organizing is about leading from behind, not in front: think about who in your group can be the spokesperson at your next action.
- Plan your work and work your plan: none of us can possibly respond to every call to action. Decide what works for you, stick to it, and keep showing up.
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