Friday, June 28 - Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia / Immigration Workshop/ Shed Light on Ice Detention Centers

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Block Trump’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

On May 24th, the Trump administration declared another national emergency to get around congressional approval, this time to sell Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates roughly $8 billion in military arms. Without providing any evidence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued an “emergency exists, which requires the immediate sale of the defense articles and defense services." The 22 individual sales would include precision-guided bombs, Patriot missiles, mortar rounds, drones, fighter jet parts and other military support.

However, Congress can use a provision of the Arms Export Control Act to block the administration from completing the deal. The Senate has passed 22 resolutions of disapproval (one for each sale) which would terminate the arms deal. The resolutions of disapproval now move to the House for consideration.

Demand your member of Congress support the resolutions of disapproval.

Find your rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling in support the 22 resolutions of disapproval to block Trump’s emergency declaration to sell $8 billion in military arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Trump is attempting to use loopholes to go around congressional approval, and I expect Rep. Danny Davis to stand up to his clear abuse of power. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2: TOMORROW - Workshop For Allies On Raid Rapid Response & Immigrant Rights

Join allies to learn about the threats impacting immigrant communities and what you can do to fight back!
Learn about the rapid response network in IL, a network lead by local community organizations, allies and directly impacted individuals to respond to ICE activity and deportations. We will have information on how to connect to your local team, and how you can take action with other state and federal campaigns!

When: Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Michoacan (1638 S Blue Island)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Action 3: 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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