Friday, March 22 - Fight Family Separation / Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell your member of Congress to co-sponsor The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) and the No Ban Act
Action 1: Fight All Forms of Family Separations
We still don’t know the true extent of Trump’s Family Separation Policy. We know that several thousand children were separated from their parents through Trump’s family separation policy. But we still don’t know just how many were separated, or whether all will be reunited. While litigation makes its way through courts, Democrats in the House are doing their jobs scheduling investigations into one of the Trump Administration’s most horrific policies.
Family separations don’t just happen at the border. It’s important to remember that family separations happen every day in the U.S. as a result of raids and detention at the hands of ICE. It also happens through Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim and asylum bans that are preventing families from entering the U.S., and in many cases reuniting with loved ones who are already living in the U.S. Additionally, Dreamers and TPS holders remain at risk of deportation due to Trump’ elimination of protections for these groups. Read more about the immigrant communities currently at risk under Trump.
House Democrats will soon introduce a series of bills that would undo some of the damage to immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities and provide relief for those at risk of deportation. Tell your MoC to cosponsor them and demand that the House pass them.
The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6). This bill would provide permanently relief to Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders.
Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (S. / H.R. # TBD). This bill would fully repeal Trump’s Muslim and Asylum Bans, ensuring that families from affected countries and asylum seekers from Central America won’t continue to face unconstitutional discrimination. It would allow people from affected communities to reunite with their families in the U.S.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [MoC] to co-sponsor the Dream and Promise Act (HR6) and the No Ban Act, which will soon be introduced. I am counting on [MoC] to stand up to Trump’s racist immigration policies and pass these protections for immigrant families. Thank you.
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Support Marijuana Legalization in Illinois
The Illinois State Legislature is considering a bill, HB 902, that would legalize recreational marijuana use in Illinois. Not only would this bill bring in taxes that would support retirement funds for state employees, state university employees and teachers--it would also help curb racist enforcement of current marijuana laws. According to High Times, “the measure also allows for the expungement of some non-violent marijuana offenses from defendants’ criminal records.”
HB 902 is having a hearing on Tuesday, March 26. Fill out a witness slip in support of the bill (proponent).
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II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)
III. POSITION: select "PROPONENT"
IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only
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