Thursday, July 11 - Hold Border Patrol Accountable / Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL / Volunteer at Immigration Rally
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on Congress to hold Border Patrol agents accountable for their abuses
Action 2: TOMORROW - Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL on Friday, July 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at McHenry County Jail (2200 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock)
Action 3: Volunteer as a marshal for our Action to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations on Saturday, July 13
Action 1: Tell Congress to Hold Border Patrol Accountable
On July 1, ProPublica published an exposé of a secret Facebook group where 9,500 current and former Border Patrol agents mock the deaths of detained immigrants and post racist and sexist content. The three year old Facebook group is just the latest evidence of a disturbing culture of white supremacy and sexism among Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) employees.
While the Trump administration has dramatically escalated the detention and abuse of immigrants crossing the border, CBP agents’ culture of racist cruelty is longstanding. In 2014, a group of 116 unaccompanied immigrant children held in CBP detention filed a complaint alleging that agents denied them adequate food and water, blankets, and essential medical care.
Inexplicably, members of Congress, including Democrats, have approved a massive funding boost for CBP without adequate provisions to ensure the money is spent on aid rather than expanding Trump’s detention of asylum seeking immigrants. Instead of perpetuating CBP’s atrocities, Congress must demand a robust investigation of CBP and the termination of all active agents posting racist content online. Further, Congress must commit to opposing any additional funding for CBP as long as the agency continues to hold innocent people in appallingly dangerous conditions.
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 express my concern over the continued detention of immigrants. The recent discovery of a Border Patrol Facebook group filled with racist and sexist posts further illustrates the need to hold CBP accountable. I urge [NAME] to support an investigation of the CBP agents involved with this Facebook group and demand an end to the mass incarceration of immigrants.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 2: TOMORROW - Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL
Lights for Liberty is holding nationwide events at border detention centers, concentration camps and other facilities holding immigrants. Come to a rally and vigil outside the McHenry County Jail, which serves as a Federal Immigrant Detention facility.
We will rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Rt. 47 in Woodstock between Ware Road and Russel Court. Parking will be available in the Northwood Junior High school lot across Rt. 47.
The gathering starts at 7:30 p.m. with a rally and speakers to be announced. The candlelight vigil begins at 9 p.m. Bring friends, signs, candles.
When: Friday, July 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: McHenry County Jail (2200 N Seminary Ave., Woodstock)
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Action via Lights for Liberty
Action 3: Volunteer At Our March to Close the Camps on Saturday
On Saturday, July 13, we will take the streets at Daley Plaza and march against the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and demand an end to concentration camps on American soil.
As an Indivisible Chicago member, we invite you to join us as we stand on the right side of history.
We are still short on volunteers, especially marshals. If you are able, please volunteer. Training will be provided.
Additionally, we need to raise $12,000 to pay for the sound system, porta potties, tents, and everything else needed to put on an event this size. Please consider donating directly to help us put on this event and fight for immigrant rights.