Tuesday, May 29 - Call for Testimony on Trump’s Immigration Policies / Call Reps on Illegal Gun Trafficking / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call for Testimony on Trump’s Immigration Policies

Since the day Trump took office, his administration has shown unbelievable cruelty towards immigrants and their families -- and the cruelty extends to the treatment of children. Although Obama oversaw an unprecedented number of deportations in his administration, Jeff Sessions has gone out of his way to introduce new heartless policies, including ending DACA, refusing to hear the claims of asylum seekers, and separating children from their parents when they arrive at the border -- even if the families are there to seek legal asylum. This is unprecedented and inhumane, creating irreparable psychological harm to children and their parents.

While Trump continues to lie about this policy and attempt to use these children as political hostages to try to get Democrats to fund his border wall, some Democrats like Kamala Harris are ready to call out those responsible for these policies. Senator Harris is calling on officials from the Department of Human Services and US Customs and Border Protection to testify before Congress about the treatment of children in their care.

Call on your Members of Congress to join the call for accountability.

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

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible.   

I'm calling on {MoC} to join Senator Kamala Harris in calling on Trump administration officials to testify before Congress on the inhumane treatment of immigrants and their families. It is unconscionable to separate infants and children from their parents and can cause irreparable harm to these families. We need to hold this administration accountable for their heartless policies. Thank you for your time and attention.


Action 2: Call on State Reps to Fight Gun Trafficking

This week, the Illinois House Judiciary Criminal committee is scheduled to hear debate on SB 337, the Combating illegal Gun Traffic Act.  This important legislation is a bipartisan effort that came about after Governor Rauner vetoed SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.  It overwhelmingly passed the Illinois Senate last week.

The bill would require Federal Firearms License holders to be certified by Illinois State Police. The certification will implement best practices to help reduce guns entering into the illegal market and allow state and local law enforcement to crack down on corrupt dealers.  Included among the requirements are: background checks for employees, security requirements to protect our communities, and safe business requirements that would prohibit any new licensee from being within 500 feet of any school.

It’s just common sense, but that doesn’t always prevail in the state capitol.  We need your help. Call on your State Representative to help pass SB 337 into law.

Find your Representative.

Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent of State Rep. _____ calling from [zip code]. Thousands of people are shot every year in Illinois, devastating families and communities across the state. We can prevent many of these tragedies by getting serious about the sources of illegal guns. The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337, Amendment 3) encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable. I urge Rep. ____ to vote for SB 337, Amendment 3, a bill that will keep constituents safe and protected from guns that fall into the wrong hands. Thank you so much for your time!

Action via Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition


Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Daniel Biss

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

This week, Daniel Biss returns to the pod to talk to Tom Moss about his endorsement of JB Pritzker, to reflect on his campaign for governor, and share thoughts about his final week in the Senate. Also, Jessica Olson discusses Postcards for Choice and Logan Square Solidarity Sundays.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Daily Actions Editor