Tuesday, January 23 - Hold Senators Accountable for Yesterday’s Vote / Moms Demand Action Event

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Hold Senators Accountable for Backing Down on the Dream Act

  • Action 2: Attend Moms Demand Action’s 5-Year Celebration and Engagement Fair

 

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call Senators to hold them accountable for backing down on the Dream Act with yesterday’s vote

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

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

  • Action 2: Attend Moms Demand Action’s 5-Year Celebration and Engagement Fair on Saturday, January 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. nat Lurie Children’s Hospital

 

Action 1: Hold Senators Accountable for Backing Down on the Dream Act

In September, Trump and the GOP launched an attack on some of the most vulnerable Americans: Dreamers, kids who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and victims of natural disasters.

Democrats voted four times since then in favor of short-term spending bills despite Republicans’ unwillingness to address these issues. Last Friday, Democrats held strong by withholding their support for another short-term funding bill until Republicans came to fix the messes they created.

After two days of government shutdown, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump offered an ultimatum to Senate Democrats: vote against the Dreamers or we keep the government shut down. Indivisible joined 17 other national progressive and immigrant rights organizations to tell Senate Democrats: we’ve got your backs, so hold the line!

But this afternoon, Senator Schumer led the Senate Democrats to surrender. For his caucus’ vote, Schumer got absolutely zero protections for Dreamers. Instead, McConnell made a pinky-swear promise to Democrats that if they just voted for what he wanted, then he’d try to take up the Dream Act in the next few weeks -- while more Dreamers wait for deportation.

Today’s vote is a huge disappointment, but this fight isn’t over. We’re not sure whether McConnell or Trump will hold up their end of the bargain (we’re not holding our breath). We need to raise our voices at Congressional offices this week to push for real action sooner rather than later.

Despite Senator Durbin’s position as a co-sponsor of the Dream Act and Senator Duckworth’s ongoing support, they both voted to kick the can down the road and put the Dreamers’ status at risk. Call them to let them know that we will not forget that they gave in to Trump’s racist policies instead of fighting alongside Dreamers.

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

Script: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code]. I am extremely disappointed [Senator] ___ voted for the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act. Republicans will never pass a fix for DACA as a standalone bill—they will only do so if Democrats use their leverage to force it to be included as part of a must-pass bill, like a CR. An average of 122 Dreamers are losing their protections every day that this bill is not signed into law, and after the deadline in March thousands more will be exposed to deportation. We need to pass the Dream Act now—no more delays. What is the Senator doing to make this happen?

 

Action 2: Attend Mom’s Demand Action’s 5-Year Celebration and Engagement Fair

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is turning five, and they are inviting Chicagoland progressives to join them to celebrate their victories and find out more about how you can get involved in 2018.

National Moms spokesperson Lucy McBath will be there, and the Director of Strengthening Chicago's Youth, Becky Levin, will share how SCY addresses gun violence as a public health crisis in Chicago.

Attend the celebration on Saturday, January 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in the 11th floor Conference Center. Follow along with event updates on Facebook, and RSVP for the event here.


 

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