Monday, April 22 - End Harsh Immigration Policies / Rally Against Trump's Deportation Machine / Chapter Meeting / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell Congress to End Trump’s Harsh Immigration Policies

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top leadership at the agency were forced out beginning April 7 by an angry President Trump because he and his policy advisers felt they were not committed enough to pursuing an even more aggressive immigration policy.

In spite of Trump’s recent denial, DHS officials confirm that a they are exploring a return to the policy of separating migrant children from their families. Other possible measures include more use of active-duty troops at the southern border, an end to birthright citizenship, and more focus on building a border wall. Significant majorities of Americans oppose harsh immigration policies, and overall, support immigration to the United States. These draconian policies are not only inhumane, some are potentially illegal, and do not reflect the priorities of most Americans. Congress needs to hear from their constituents their opposition to such brutal immigration policies.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to demand that [NAME] oppose an escalation of harsh immigration policies signaled by the Trump administration. There is little benefit, and great potential harm in pursuing policies like:

[Pick 1-3 items below]

  • a return to family separation by giving migrant parents a "binary choice" of indefinite family detention or separating them from their children

  • a more robust use of active-duty military to secure the border

  • an executive order ending birthright citizenship

  • action to close ports of entry from Mexico

  • more construction of wall along the southern border

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action and script via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Rally Against Trump’s Deportation Machine on Wednesday

The Trump administration is doubling down to ramp up detention and deportation, but we're fighting back! Join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Indivisible Chicago, and other local orgs  to push for legislative solutions that will disrupt detention in Illinois, stop police from acting as ICE agents, and increases access to resources for all.

When: Wednesday, April 24 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Thompson Center (100 West Randolph)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Chapter Meeting on Tuesday 4/23

At the next Indivisible Lakeview-Lincoln Park-Old Town chapter meeting, guests from the Lift the Ban Coalition will give some background on the issue, legislation, and how to get involved.

We'll also discuss strategies for the upcoming 2020 Primaries in Illinois and across the country. For those of you who have already started working on campaigns, please come prepared to share and recuit volunteers. With our mid-term and city elections behind us, let's set our sights on taking back the Senate and the White House!

  • When: Tuesday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm

  • Where: Lincoln Park Library (1150 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614)

  • RSVP here (not required) 

Action 4: Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: As a cathedral burns, metaphors abound. How can rebuilding Notre Dame help us think about rebuilding our democracy?

Segment: Ra Joy is this week’s guest. Has was Chris Kennedy’s running mate in last year’s gubernatorial primary. He’s an artist, an organizer, and now, on Lori Lightfoot’s transition team. We talk politics, policy, and the intense challenges that await the mayor-elect on May 20. Got an idea? Check out the transition website at bettertogetherchicago.com.

Segment: Indivisible Chicago’s Jeff Radue returns to the ICP for an update on SB145, the bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the Illinois Primary ballot.

Daily Actions Editor