Wednesday, July 3 - Support Refugees / People's Convening for Pretrial Freedom / Share July 13 Rally

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Call on Congress to Support Refugees

Today, there are more refugees around the world than ever before. Rather than stepping up to address this challenge, the Trump administration is pulling back, slashing the number of refugees the U.S. will admit down to historic lows.

Since the passing of the Refugee Act of 1980 through 2016, the United States has set an average refugee admissions ceiling of 95,000 refugees. The Trump administration’s decision to cap refugee admissions at 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018 and 30,000 for Fiscal Year 2019 represents a break from longstanding American tradition across both parties.

This is where the GRACE Act comes in. The GRACE Act is the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act and was introduced by Senator Markey (S. 1088) and Representative Lofgren (H.R. 2146). If enacted, the GRACE Act will ensure the United States admits at least 95,000 refugees each year in line with historic tradition.

Senator Durbin has already sponsored the bill, but Senator Duckworth has not. Call on her, and your representative, to support the bill today.

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 co-sponsor the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act [S. 1088 / H.R. 2146]. The GRACE Act will ensure the United States admits at least 95,000 refugees each year in line with historic tradition. America must not abandoned its tradition of helping refugees in need. Thank you.

Action via International Rescue Committee 

Action 2: People's Convening for Pretrial Freedom on 7/13

Join the Coalition to End Money Bond for the first gathering of the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice on July 13, in Springfield, IL! At the People’s Convening for Pretrial Freedom, people from across the state will gather to share knowledge, build relationships, and develop strategies to end unjust pretrial practices and build toward a more just future in our state!

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served and advance registration is required. RSVP here.

 Event Schedule: 12-4pm: Program, 4-5pm: March and rally

 Transportation: There will be busses leaving from Chicago on the morning of July 13th and returning that evening. People traveling from other communities will be carpooling, taking the train or bus, and/or using vans or other shared transportation. If you have questions, please check in with the people in your community who invited you to this event or email us at info@endmoneybond.org.

Action via the Coalition to End Money Bond

Action 3: Invite Your Friends to the Rally to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations on 7/13

As immigrant families in Chicagoland live in fear that ICE raids will tear their families apart, and children and families are being detained in horrendous and unthinkable conditions at the border, we in Illinois are standing with these communities and sending a message of welcome and support.

Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Oak Park, lIlinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and PASO - West Suburban Action Project are calling on residents to gather on Saturday, July 13 to protest this administration’s inhumane, ruthless treatment of immigrants. 

We’ve seen the Department of Justice argue in court that the U.S. Government isn’t required to provide toothbrushes or soap to children in its custody. We’ve seen Trump threaten to arrest millions of immigrants in nationwide raids. We’ve seen family separations continue. It’s time to stand up and say ENOUGH. Join us downtown on Saturday, July 13 and make your voice heard.

If you know any MDs, EMSs, RNs, etc. who might want to volunteer for the medical team, email info@indivisiblechicago.com.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St.)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Daily Actions Editor