Tuesday, August 28 - Family Separations / Gun Violence / Postcard Posse

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Family Separations Update

  • Action 2: Tell Congress to Act Against Gun Violence

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

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

    • Find your representative (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)

  • Action 3TONIGHT- Postcard Posse League Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bar Louie Printers Row (47 W Polk St.)

 

Action 1: Family Separations Update

On June 20, Trump signed an Executive Order ostensibly ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families at the U.S. border. A federal court decided in Flores v. Reno in 1997 that the government cannot detain an immigrant child beyond a reasonable amount of time, defined in 2014 as 20 days. The Zero Tolerance policy clashed headlong into Flores with disastrous results captured in news stories. The administration has said it will now abide by the 20 day limit on detention but it’s also pushing for Congress to pass legislation that allows families to be detained beyond the 20-day limit and is making plans for further separations. Without the limitations set by Flores, migrant children and their families can be detained together indefinitely.

As of last week, the Trump administration states that there are still 528 children in government custody without their family (down from 565 on August 16).  Of these, 139 have parents who allegedly indicated a desire against reunification, 343 have parents presently outside the U.S., 29 have parents who have been released to the interior, and 17 have parents who have been red flagged for case review. 

The administration has officially agreed to a Reunification Plan with five processes:

  • Identify and Resolve Safety/Parentage Concerns
  • Establish contact with parents who have been removed from the United States
  • Determine parent’s intention for child
  • Resolve immigration status of minors to allow reunification
  • Transport minors to their respective countries of origin 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The following organizations are working to care for the children, reunite them with their families, and push our government to improve its lackadaisical response to the crisis it created. Follow the links below for more information and ways to help. 

 

Action 2: Demand Action Against Gun Violence

On Sunday, two people were killed, and nine others were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a video game tournament. The shooter was a 24-year-old white man who also killed himself.

This was the 233rd mass shooting in the United States in 2018 (The nonprofit Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as one where four or more people are shot at the same time and place, not including the shooter). The United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population and 31% of the world’s mass shooters. Overall the gun homicide rate in America is 25 times higher than other high-income countries. Firearm suicides in the US are also dismayingly common, with suicides actually comprising the majority of gun-related deaths. However, thanks to continued lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has repeatedly failed to take meaningful action and curb gun violence.

Gun violence prevention experts have recommended a number of policy approaches to reduce gun violence:

  • Congress can close legal loopholes that allow people to buy guns without background checks from private sellers, websites, or gun shows. A move that over 80% of gun owners support.
  • Congress can institute universal background checks for both gun and ammo purchasers and require gun licenses, all measures supported by the vast majority of Americans.
  • Congress can adequately fund community-based interventions such as the nearly 20-year-old Ceasefire program, an underfunded effort that has helped to reduce gun violence in cities through education and public health crisis strategies.
  • Congress can reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, or pass new legislation banning the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons.

America's disproportionately high rates of gun-related deaths are both tragic and shameful. Congress can save lives by passing common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence.

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

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

  • Find your representative

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent and member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to urge {Member of Congress} to take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by...

[CHOOSE 1-3 POLICIES BELOW]

  • Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks
  • Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support
  • Funding evidence-based community anti-violence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings
  • Reinstating a federal ban on the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, which is supported by at least 65% of Americans.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

 

Action 3: Postcard Posse League Night on Tuesday 8/28

Indivisible Chicago’s Postcard Posse League (like a bowling league, but knocking down Trump sycophants instead of pins) is writing postcards to voters ahead of the midterms. Join in and write to win prizes and, more importantly, help elect people who share your values! We will count up postcards for each team and keep the standings. 

We will be writing postcards to voters who share our values and voted in 2016, but did not vote in 2014. We are going to turn them out for the midterms! We will be writing postcards to Sean Casten's district (IL-6) and Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) to start, and we will expand to other districts as interest dictates.

It does not cost anything to enter--just your time, effort, and hand cramps. Postcards will be provided, and we will cover the postage for postcards filled out during league events.

Get more information and sign up for Postcard Posse updates, and plan to attend an upcoming league night:

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM  7:30 PM at Bar Louie, Printers Row (47 W Polk St); sign up here

If you don't want to write postcards, but still want to help, you can donate to help cover the cost of postage. 100 postcards will require $35 in postage.

Daily Actions Editor