Thursday, June 27 - Secure America’s Elections / Debate Watch Parties / Protect Housing Access for Immigrant Families

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell Congress to Secure Our Elections

Given the impact of election interference on tipping the 2016 election to Donald Trump, improving the security and accessibility of our elections before 2020 is a top priority. To this end, Representative Zoe Lofgren has recently introduced H.R. 2722: the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act.

This bill establishes requirements and funding for important updates to our elections process including paper ballot requirements and other cyber security safeguards, improving ballot design to minimize confusion and user errors, and improving accessibility for voters with disabilities, voters whose primary language is not English, and voters with literacy difficulties. The legislation also provides $600 million in funding for the Election Assistance Commission to increase security standards.

Together, these requirements will support a more secure, more accessible election to enable a truly representative vote from the American electorate. Representatives need to hear from their constituents that improving our federal voting process is a top priority before the 2020 election.

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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge Rep. {PERSON} to vote in favor of H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act. As a constituent, I need to know that my vote and the votes of others in my community will count, and this bill will ensure a more accessible and more secure voting process. It is a top priority to have in place before the 2020 elections. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

Action 2: Find a Debate Watch Party TONIGHT

In 2017, we made Congress listen. In 2018, we remade Congress. In 2019, we get to hear from an exciting Democratic field of 24 candidates vying for the right to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.

The second debate is scheduled TONIGHT. Indivisibles across the country will be gathering in living rooms, restaurants, and bars to cheer on our candidates and push for a nominee who truly represents our values.

Find a local Indivisible debate watch party or host your own and invite your friends!

Action via Indivisible

 

Action 3: Help Mixed Status Immigrant Families Keep their Homes

On May 10, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule that would prohibit mixed status families from living in public housing and other HUD assisted housing—including Section 8 programs. Mixed status families are households that include a combination of people who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. Currently, mixed-status families receive prorated housing subsidies. While ineligible family members do not receive housing assistance, the whole family still has access to subsidized housing. The proposed rule would require all non-elderly residents to verify their immigration status. Families with members who are deemed ineligible would be evicted from subsidized housing.

This proposed rule would force our neighbors to make an impossible choice between their families and their homes. More than 100,000 people nationwide, including 55,000 children, could face eviction if this rule takes effect. Nearly 60 percent of the people we serve have to make tough choices between paying for housing or paying for food.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT before July 9 and tell HUD we don’t need to make this choice any harder.

Action via Housing Action Illinois

Daily Actions Editor