Wednesday, September 12 - Cut ICE's Funding / Justice for Laquan Rally / Canvass for Lauren Underwood

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Congress to Reject Funding for Immigrant Detention

Right now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking Congress to give it a special increase in funding in the short-term funding bill to expand the immigration jail system to lock up more people. ICE has already recklessly overspent its budget and this is the second time in six months it is asking Congress to bail it out. ICE’s budget is already $7.6 billion (with a B!).

The Trump administration has already taken $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and given it to ICE to help pay for it’s zero-tolerance and family separation / detention policies. FEMA now has fewer funds which are critical to the agency’s overall mission of storm preparedness and response. This diversion of funds leaves FEMA $10 million short as Hurricane Florence approaches North Carolina and Virginia, which FEMA predicted will be devastating.

We only have a few weeks to stop this budget increase to fund immigration jails and deportation—Congress must vote on the short-term funding bill by the end of this month.

Take action and contact your members of Congress now!

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to ask [Representative or Senator's name] to cut funding for family separation and ICE's abusive immigration detention and deportation system. We must not be complicit in these human rights abuses. Our taxpayer dollars should be used to strengthen families and communities, not tear them apart. Please pass my message on. Thank you.

Action and script via National Immigrant Justice Center


Action 2: Justice For Laquan Rally on 9/15

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is calling on all allies to stand up to demand justice for Laquan McDonald, who was brutally shot 16 times execution style by Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke on the night of October 20, 2014.

The eyes of people around the country are on Chicago. This is the first time in the city’s history that a white police officer has been indicted for first degree murder for killing an unarmed black person. But from the beginning, starting with the cover-up of the video recording of the murder by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the entire system seems determined to not allow justice to prevail in this case. Without a movement, there is no guarantee of justice.

It is up to the people to make this the first time a white police officer has been indicted, tried, and convicted of murdering a black person. We must do this to end the cowardly, racist past practices where the police murder and brutalize us with impunity and bring about a new day of justice where police are held accountable for the crimes they commit against the people.

On September 15th, CAARPR will rally at Congress Parkway and Michigan Ave at Noon to continue to demand justice for Laquan. Join us in solidarity!

When: Saturday, September 15 from noon until 3 p.m.
Where: East Michigan Ave and Congress Parkway
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 


Action 3: Canvass for Lauren Underwood on 9/15

We have only weeks left before the midterm election. With each passing day, and each new atrocity coming out of the White House, it becomes more urgent that we take back Congress.

Wondering how you can help? Now is the time get involved! Registered Nurse and former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Lauren Underwood is running against Republican Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District, and she needs your help.

You can help her get out the vote by knocking on doors in IL-14 this Saturday. Never canvassed? No problem. We'll show you the ropes. It's easy and rewarding work.

Transportation is available from Old Irving Park, departing at 9 a.m., or you can meet up with the canvassers around Gurnee. Get more information and sign up here.

Daily Actions Editor