Monday, July 31 - No Funding for Border Wall / Support Public Defenders

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Tell Your House Rep: No Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

  • Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: No Funding for an Unnecessary Border Wall

Work on the border wall has already begun, but Trump will need money from Congress to fulfill his hateful, misguided promise. Stand up to Trump’s ignorant fear-mongering and call your House representative today to let them know that you want your tax dollars spent on more important things, such as healthcare, education and environmental protection.

Find your rep’s phone number here.

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of ________ and a registered voter. I'm calling to express my strong opposition to any federal budget that funds the construction of a southern border wall. A border wall will not improve our border security and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Cook County recently cut 300 jobs from its rolls because of legal complications around the soda beverages tax that was supposed to go into effect on July 1. Sixty-nine of those jobs were from the Cook County Public Defenders office, which is already deeply underfunded. Public Defender Amy Campanelli says she may have to stop because "her attorneys' workloads are already above the maximum recommended by experts." Everyone deserves the right to a lawyer when their freedom may be taken away by the government. An additional 17 prosecutors and 22 staffers were also laid off from the State's Attorney's office. This will also increase the time needed to prosecute criminals, and decrease justice for victims of crime.

Call Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at (312) 603-6400 to say this is unacceptable.

Script: Hi, I'm a constituent of  Cook County, and I'm calling because I want the county to restore funding for the 300 jobs it recently cut, especially the 69 public defenders and 17 state's attorneys who were laid off. Our public defenders already are overworked. Adding to their caseloads would cause even longer delays in cases, which in turn delays and defeats justice. Please find the funding to restore these critical jobs.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

We won a hard-fought victory on healthcare last week, and although that threat is far from over, we need to keep our eyes on other issues. Trump’s border wall could end up wasting millions of dollars that our government should be using to help struggling communities. And we need to stay engaged on a local level to make sure our elected officials know that we value a fair justice system. Thank you for all that you do!