Friday, April 12 - Protect Accountability with Nonpartisan Inspectors General / Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the US
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on your representative to support H.R. 1847, the Inspector General Protection Act.
Action 2: Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the US event from Friday, April 19 to Saturday, April 20 at International House, Assembly Hall (1414 East 59th Street)
Action 1: Protect Accountability with Nonpartisan Inspectors General
Inspectors General (IGs) provide nonpartisan oversight of government agencies to ensure responsible use of taxpayer dollars. In fiscal year 2016 alone, IGs identified over $45 billion in savings, representing a $17 return for every $1 spent on IG operations. IG investigations helped expose former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s wasteful spending, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s raft of ethics violations, and former Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s inappropriate land dealings.
Of the 73 IGs across federal agencies, there are currently 12 agencies that lack a permanent IG appointment by the president, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In order to close that gap and force the White House to appoint IGs, legislators have introduced H.R. 1847, the Inspector General Protection Act. The legislation requires a president to notify Congress when an IG vacancy has lasted longer than 210 days, including the reasons why no one has been nominated and a target date for a nomination. It also requires congressional reporting within 30 days if an IG has a change of status, such as being placed on administrative leave.
Check if your rep is already a cosponsor. If not, call and ask them to cosponor H.R. 1847.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling in support of H.R. 1847, the Inspector General Protection Act. Congress should be informed of Inspectors General vacancies and changes in status given their essential role in oversight of government agencies. Thank you for your time and attention.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 2: Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the US on 4/19-20
Please join UChicago History for a conference on Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the US. The two-day conference covers topics such as “Xenophobic Nightmares and Immigration Reform: Historical and Contemporary Narratives of Fear,” “Deportation and Exclusion as a Defense of White Nationhood,” and “From Pat Buchanan to Donald Trump: The Emergence of Populist Nativism in the GOP.”