Friday, September 7 - Midterm Canvassing / Stop Family Detainment / #SaveSCOTUS Phone Bank

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: TOMORROW - Canvass for the Midterms

We have only weeks left before the midterm elections, and we need to win the House back more than ever to put a check on the Trump administration.

There are two nearby Illinois races that desperately need your help. Even if you have never cavassed before, there’s no time like the present to jump in and knock on some doors.

Sean Casten is running for Congress in the IL 6th Congressional district to unseat current incumbent Peter Roskam, one of the biggest supporters of the Trump Tax Scam. Lauren Underwood is running against Republican Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District. They both need your help tomorrow!

 

Action 2: Stop Family Detainment

Just yesterday, the Trump administration proposed to end the limits on immigrant children detention by replacing the Flores settlement. Under the new proposal, the government seeks to detain migrant families together indefinitely while their immigration case is pending.

The stated reason behind detention is to ensure asylum seekers show up for their court appointments, but alternative methods are also successful in ensuring that outcome. The justice system regularly allows misdemeanor and non-violent offenders to be released pending trial, and tools like electronic monitoring, home visits, or bonds are highly effective. The Family Case Management Program launched in 2016 monitored asylum seekers while allowing them to stay together and out of detention. Immigration advocates praised the program for its 99% compliance rate, cost efficiency, and the additional medical and legal support provided to migrants. The Trump administration ended the program in 2017 to prioritize detention.

Detaining families together is no better than detaining families separately. Our government has options in how it treats migrants and asylum seekers in our country even as we defend our borders. We must choose the most humane approach available, which is not indefinite detention.

Call on your reps today! 

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

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

  • Find your rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling to demand that [REP] oppose any effort to overrule the Flores settlement and allow the indefinite detention of migrant families. Alternative methods, such as the Family Case Management Program, have already proven successful and cost effective. Congress must work to fund and implement these methods instead of inhumane detention of children and families. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 3: #SaveSCOTUS Phone Bank

The Senate continues its hearings for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Senators Duckworth and Durbin have each have each been publicly critical of this uniquely controversial candidate and the way his nomination to Supreme Court was made and has rushed through to the. But several senators have not made a public decision and can still be swayed.  

We’re reaching out to those senators constituents to stop Brett Kavanaugh and #SaveSCOTUS. Sign up to join our massive phone bank for one of our upcoming shifts, and we’ll send you everything you need to take part.

If Trump is successful at getting Kavanaugh confirmed, the Court will work to preserve the Trump agenda for decades to come. Key issues that affect us all hang in the balance, including reproductive rights, access to health care, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, and much more.

Action via Indivisible

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