Wednesday, June 19 - Shed Light on Ice Detention Centers / Blue Friday with Marie Newman

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Demand Sunshine on ICE Detention Centers

Since 2017, the Trump administration has aggressively pursued a zero-tolerance immigration policy at the southern border. In 2018, the administration imposed a brutal family separation policy and began charging all migrants crossing the border, even those seeking asylum, with crimes.

Despite Trump’s apparent reversal of the separation policy, families continue to be torn apart, with no viable plan for reunion. Children and adults are dying in custody and being held in overcrowded, inhumane facilities. The government, overwhelmed by the ballooning costs of its self-imposed crisis, is now proposing to cut legal and educational support for unaccompanied children.

On June 12, news emerged that the government plans to house nearly 1,400 children on the site of a former Japanese concentration camp (euphemistically termed an “internment camp"). The move is an all too apt illustration of the Trump administration’s dedication to reviving 1940s era white supremacy.

Despite efforts to hide this abuse, journalists and immigrant advocates have revealed a clear pattern of human rights violations by the Trump administration. Americans must demand transparency into the shadow prison system being used to dehumanize and torture innocent people. Demand your state lawmakers seek and publicly report information about the facilities housed or planned in your state, and connect with local immigration advocacy groups to help respond to these atrocities.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge [NAME] to demand and publicize detailed information about the ICE Immigration Detention Centers in our state. (Choose 1-3 from the list below):

  • Headcount: How many immigrants are housed in their state? What is the population breakdown by gender, age, etc.?

  • Conditions: What are typical living conditions and length of detention?

  • Safety: What kinds of abuses do detainees face (deaths in custody, denial of medical care, lack of sanitation)?

  • Facilities: Are there any plans for closure or expansion? Are the prisons public or privately run?

  • Resources: Are any state resources being used to support these facilities?

  • Access: When can a delegation tour facilities?

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Action 2: Blue Friday with Marie Newman on 6/21

Can you find the real Democrat in this picture? Dan Lipinski, the daddy-appointed congressman from the 3rd district, votes against women's reproductive freedom, against the Affordable Care Act, against the Dream Act--he votes with Individual No. 1 about 40 percent of the time!

Our friend Marie Newman came within about 2 points of beating him last time, and she's back to finish the job in 2020. She'll tell us how she's going to do it--and how we can help--Friday after work at Blue Beginnings’ monthly "Blue Friday" happy hour. Adult beverages, like-minded people, political gossip--it's a great way to start the weekend. Join us!

When: Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Hideout Inn (1354 W Wabansia Ave)
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