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: Call on Congress to oppose new family separation and hardline immigration policies
Action 2: Rally Against Trump’s Deportation Machine on Wednesday, April 24 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph)
Action 3: Indivisible Lakeview-Lincoln Park-Old Town chapter meeting on Tuesday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Library (1150 West Fullerton)
Action 4: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Ra Joy and Jeff Radue
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.
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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 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.
Subscribe via iTunes and rate the show to help get the word out
Listen on WCPT AM-820 Mondays at 7 p.m
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.