Friday, February 15 - Protest Trump’s Declaration / Stop Title IX Changes / Teachers Against Child Detention Teach-In
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Indivisible Chicago statement on bad border deal and shutdown; pledge to join protest Monday, February 18th at noon
Action 3: Watch the livestream of the Teachers Against Child Detention Teach-In for Freedom in El Paso on Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m.
Action 1: Indivisible Chicago statement on shutdown; join protest Monday, February 18th
Plan to join the national protest Monday, February 18th, at noon against GOP deceitful dealing on the harmful border security bill passed last night. If Trump follows through on his planned end-run to access wall funds with a declaration of a national emergency, this cannot be allowed to stand and we will meet at Federal Plaza. Protest details to come. Pledge to respond here.
Indivisible Chicago’s statement:
Our country’s real crisis: a bad border deal PLUS a dangerous State of Emergency
Indivisible Chicago opposes the border deal and condemns the declaration of a state of emergency
Rejecting the so-called compromise bill passed today by the US Congress, Indivisible Chicago stands with our allies fighting for immigration reform that will truly protect this country, including immigrants and those who seek asylum here. Instead, Congressional Democrats signed on to an unacceptable compromise deal on border security that is likely to lead to increased detentions and further abuse of power by ICE and Border Patrol agents. We support the call from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for the Illinois Congressional delegation to focus on conducting strong oversight of DHS and on enacting legislation that will protect immigrants and keep their families together.
Further, while Democrats were making concessions, Republicans supported Trump in an end run around Congress. Word followed immediately that President Trump--with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s support--will take the dangerous step of calling a national emergency so he can seize additional funding that was expressly excluded from the bipartisan bills passed in Congress.
The lesson for Democrats is clear: stand firm behind the policies that protect and advance progressive principles. Compromise deals with this GOP leadership team are a sham and will continue to move this country further into the oppressive and dictatorial realm this President has sought from his first day in office. Indivisible Chicago will support our representatives who fight this phony “national emergency” and every other step Trump and GOP leaders take to erode American values. We urge Democratic leaders to take every step possible against this gross abuse of Presidential power.
Indivisible Chicago will join protest actions in coordination with other progressive allies, with updates, as available, on indivisiblechicago.com.
Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Protect Title IX with a Public Comment
BREAKING NEWS: The Department of Education has reopened the Title IX comment period for ONE DAY! The proposed rule change would let schools off the hook for mishandling rape and sexual harassment and would roll back critical protections for student survivors.
There is still time to stop Betsy DeVos from weakening Title IX. Students and their families have a critical chance to make their voices heard in opposition to Betsy DeVos’ proposal.
Action via Know Your IX
Action 3: Teachers Against Child Detention Teach-In on Sunday
As reported in the Washington Post, teachers of the year, educators and allies from across the nation will be leading a Teachers Against Child Detention "Teach-In for Freedom" action this weekend in El Paso, Texas. They are calling on the U.S. government to end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.
Speakers attending include John King, Secretary of Education during the Obama Administration, Rep Joe Moody, Texas House of Representatives, and more. The Texas State Teachers Association, the Ysleta Teachers Association, the El Paso Teachers Association, NEA’s Hispanic Caucus and NEA team have been among the many supporters of this teach-in.
Date: Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m.
Purpose: to call on the U.S. government to end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.
Livestream: NEA will livestream the teach-in in its entirety at https://neaedjustice.org
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Action via National Education Association