Thursday, August 2 - Demand Scott Lloyd Resign for Harming Immigrant Children / Phone Bank for Danny O'Connor / Pledge to Rally if Trump Impedes Mueller Investigation

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Demand Scott Lloyd Resign for Harming Immigrant Children

Scott Lloyd’s draconian policies as the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) continue to cause daily harm to innocent children. Hundreds of children remain functionally orphaned and imprisoned in dangerous, jail-like facilities thanks to the hideous actions of Lloyd, ORR, ICE, and the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Lloyd must be held accountable for facilitating the widespread detention and abuse of children.

As head of ORR in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Lloyd instituted a new policy requiring his personal approval to release any immigrant child who was ever under "heightened supervision," which includes unaccompanied minors and immigrant children without legal authorization. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed an urgent motion to halt this practice and ensure that teen children are promptly released and returned to their families. There is no credible reason that the director of a federal agency should have to personally approve custody issues, and as a consequence, children are being detained for months and sometimes years. Lloyd and his extreme practices has transformed an agency charged with protecting the most vulnerable immigrants, including many children who have faced trauma and violence, into one dedicated to punishing them.

Lloyd is already infamous for attempting to personally intervene in the legal abortions of at least four pregnant teenagers in ORR custody, and attempting to subject at least one to a controversial and unproven "abortion reversal" procedure. Clearly Lloyd has an agenda that runs counter to the rule of law and basic decency. He must be removed from this sensitive position so he can no longer harm innocent children.

Call the Department of Health and Human Servicse: 202-205-5445

Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from [ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to leave a message for Secretary Azar. Please tell Mr. Azar that Scott Lloyd’s abuse of power as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement is unacceptable. He has already attempted to block legal abortions for teenage immigrants in ORR custody, and now he is traumatizing innocent children by continuing to keep them separated from their families. Mr. Lloyd must resign immediately.

Action and script via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Phone Bank for the Special Election in Ohio-12

With less than a week to go until the special election on Tuesday, August 7th, the race continues to tighten for the open seat in OH-12. Yesterday’s poll from Monmouth University (one of the most reliable in the space) shows Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor behind by just one point. Now’s not the time to sit back and relax!

This is the last special election before the general election, and the whole country is watching. If we flip this seat, like we did for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, we’ll only have 22 seats to go to win the House. And it’ll send another clear message: We’re not going to stand for a Republican House rubber-stamping the unfair and cruel Trump agenda.

Sign up for a virtual phone banking shift, and you can make a huge difference right from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be talking to supportive voters, with a script provided by the campaign—and every single person you remind to get out to vote will bring us that much closer to victory!

So sign up and start dialing!

Action via Swing Left

 

Action 3:  Pledge to Rally if Trump Impedes Mueller Investigation

After Donald Trump tweeted again yesterday pressuring Jeff Sessions to end the Russia investigation, the integrity of Mueller’s special council is again in serious jeopardy.

Here's what we need you to do to help resist in the event that Trump sets off a constitutional crisis. Indivisible Chicago is planning to be part of a massive, national protest if Mueller is fired. We have over 5000 people signed up to join us at Federal Plaza if necessary.

If you haven't registered yet for the protest, please do so here.

It helps us know how many people to expect. If you haven't given us your cell number so we can text you if something happens, you can update your info here.

And finally, tell a friend. Have them register for the protest. On the day it happens and we get the news that Mueller has been fired, commit to texting 5 friends and telling them to get to Federal Plaza.

This is a big endeavor, and we are working to get a sound system to accommodate thousands of people. If you can chip in a little bit of money to help pay for it, it would be a big help.

The world will be watching our response to this event. We all hope Mueller isn't fired, but if he is we have to be prepared. Will we stand up to authoritarianism? Or will be roll over? I think I know the answer, and I think you do too. See you at Federal Plaza.

Daily Actions Editor