Friday, January 12 - Call on Senators to Shut Down Spying / Call House Reps on Surveillance Vote / Phone Bank for the Dream Act

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Block Expansion of Trump Administration Spying

  • Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act

 

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call On Senators to block expansion of Trump Administration spying (vote “no” on reauthorizing Section 702)

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 2: Phone bank for the Dream Act

    • Monday, January 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at  5301 N Clark St, 2nd Fl; RSVP here

    • Wednesday, January 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 6941-A W. North Ave, Oak Park, Illinois; RSVP here

 

Action 1: Call on Senators to Block Expansion of Trump Administration Spying

What if Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump had a massive database that held your text messages, emails, video chats and instant messages? What if they could search through that database at any time without a warrant, and use what they find against you for just about any reason?

Given this administration’s well-known racist, bigoted and authoritarian tendencies, you might be especially concerned in this scenario if you’re a person of color, an activist, or someone else Trump and his administration have threatened.

Unfortunately for us all, this scenario isn’t a hypothetical—it’s a reality. The Trump administration inherited massive surveillance authority that allows the government to sweep up Americans’ communications and sift through it without a warrant. The U.S. government already has a shameful history of particularly targeting activists and marginalized communities, and the FBI’s recent report framing so-called “black identity extremists” as potential terror threats only raises fears of targeting.

The current authority is set to expire on January 19, 2018, unless Congress reauthorizes. The House just voted to reauthorize it - and to actually expand the authority.  But the fight isn’t over. Now the Senate has to decide what it’s going to do next. A bipartisan and bicameral bill has been introduced by Senators Wyden and Paul, and Representatives Lofgren and Poe. This legislation, the USA RIGHTS Act, sets out important reforms to better protect Americans against unconstitutional searches under 702. The Senate bill is S. 1997 and the House version of the bill is H.R. 4124.

 Every Member of Congress is going to have to decide whether to protect Americans’ privacy, and shield vulnerable communities from unconstitutional targeting, or to leave unconstitutional spying authority in Trump’s—and Jeff Sessions’—hands.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling from [zip code]. I’m calling because I’m concerned about Trump’s wide-ranging surveillance authority, and I want to urge Senator [name] not to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments at the end of the year without closing the “backdoor search” loophole. In support of this reform, the Senator should cosponsor the bipartisan USA RIGHTS Act from Senators Wyden and Paul.

 

Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act This Week

We have less than TWO WEEKS left to pass the Dream Act, and Congress must act now.

It is urgent that we organize and mobilize our community; including students, parents, teachers, and allies to phone bank for DACA recipients. Our representatives need to hear our loud and clear message that they are here to stay and that we need a clean Dream Act to pass NOW!

Join us for phone banking next week to call registered voters and urge them to contact their representatives about the Dream Act!

  • Monday, January 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at  5301 N Clark St, 2nd Fl; RSVP here

  • Wednesday, January 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 6941-A W. North Ave, Oak Park, Illinois; RSVP here

Please bring your cell phone and headphones and if possible, a laptop/tablet (this makes it easier to read the call script). Charging cables or extra battery packs are recommended!

 

 

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