Wednesday, April 3 - Cut ICE & CBP Funding / Protect Student Privacy / Rally to #MakeItPublic
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on your member of Congress to reduce funding for ICE and CBP
Action 3: TOMORROW - Rally to #MakeItPublic on Thursday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
Action 1: Call on Your Member of Congress to Defund Hate
While Democratic control of the House has given us a firewall against some of the worst Republican attacks, Trump’s attacks against immigrants continue. He shut down the government for over a month in an effort to get his hateful wall, and has already requested billions more for ICE and CBP in next year’s budget. He hopes to use the money to pay for his wall, more ICE and CBP agents, and more cages for immigrant families.
Fortunately, the Constitution gives Congress—not the White House—the sole power to appropriate money. That means that Democrats can define the terms of this debate through the appropriations process.
If your MoC sits on the Appropriations Committee in the House, then they are going to be the ones making the decisions over funding levels for both ICE and CBP. That means you have a lot of power to influence the outcome.
Even if your MoC doesn’t sit on the Appropriations committee, they can still have a meaningful impact on the process. They can submit their own funding level requests for DHS directly with appropriators. Right now there is a letter (known as a “Dear Colleague”) being circulated, led by Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Norma Torres (CA), formally requesting the same asks outlined above.
Ask that your MoC “sign-on” to the “Jayapal-Torres-Chu Dear Colleague” requesting cuts to ICE and CBP.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [REP] to the “Jayapal-Torres-Chu Dear Colleague” requesting cuts to ICE and CBP. We need to cut funding to agencies that are tearing families apart and trampling the human rights of immigrants trying to legally claim asylum in this country. Will [REP] commit to helping cut ICE and CBP funding?
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Ask the Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee to Support Student Privacy
Parents have a right to know and a right to control how their child’s personal data is being used by schools, companies and government agencies. Read more about why we need student data protection legislation.
The Student Online Protection Bill, HB3606, is currently in committee in the Illinois state house. This comprehensive legislation protects public school students' data. If your Illinois House Rep is on the Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee, call and ask them to support HB3606.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [REP] to support HB3606, the Student Privacy Bill. Sharing data beyond the school building should never be required to receive a public education. The loopholes in the current law allowing companies to commercialize schoolchildren's must be closed. Thank you.
Action via Raise Your Hand Action
Action 3: TOMORROW - Rally to Make Mueller Report Public
You may have heard about our rally to make the Mueller Report public. You may have also heard that William Barr claims that he will release a “version” of the report within the next few weeks. The news is changing fast, but we still have NOT seen the report, and there is no guarantee Congress will either.
So the event is very much on. Here’s why:
Barr's "announcement" doesn't amount to much. We demand the full report; he may redact it heavily. We demand immediacy; he keeps pushing the deadline. It's our role to respond to his stalling tactics with clear, moral pressure.
Politicians are watching—and some are leading. House chairs such as Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff are pushing forward with their demands for the full report so they know what work Congress should take up—and our actions on Thursday will help get their back and show the country that the people echo their demands.
Nearly 80% of the American public wants the full report released. And that is reflected in the energy of Nobody Is Above the Law hosts. More than 230 events are already being planned—a sign of grassroots energy and a desire to hold Barr accountable
Make sure you come out to demand the Mueller report on Thursday! And bring a friend!
When: Thursday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
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