Weekly Actions: August 29, 2017

 


ACTION 1: Save DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program)

It has been speculated that Trump will attempt to end the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants who came here as young children the chance to remain in the country. Let’s speak up to save DACA. (We are syndicating this action from Indivisible, the National Immigration Law Center, and United We Dream.)

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

ACTION 2: Condemn the Pardon of Joe Arpaio

As Hurricane Harvey crashed down on Texas, Trump pardoned controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of using racial profiling to randomly detain Latinos suspected of being undocumented. Adding insult to injury is Trump’s utter disregard of the law and standard judicial process. While pardoning Arpaio for his racist actions is plenty alarming on its own, pardoning someone who has not accepted responsibility for their crimes or served any part of their sentence also constitutes a dangerous new precedent, and there is speculation Trump could try to pardon people he’s associated with in the Russia probe.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

ACTION 3: Speak out against militarization of the police

Yesterday, Trump issued an executive order that would allow local police departments to buy military equipment from the U.S. government. As dangerous as this is given that we’re already facing rampant police violence and racially-motivated shootings of citizens most notably in places like Ferguson, MO, and Minneapolis, MN, it’s made even more so by the context in which the executive order was signed. Militarizing the police right after pardoning Joe Arpaio and speaking out in support of white supremacy post-Charlottesville shows us exactly the kind of society Trump wants to create. It’s imperative that we speak out loud and clear and ask our MoCs to do the same.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Call your MoCs: Ask them to speak out against the militarization of the police.

SCRIPT: Hi my name is_____ and I’m calling from_____. I’m calling because I’m appalled by Trump’s recent executive order allowing the police access to military weapons. I think it’s imperative that we put up loud, vocal resistance to this and work to pass legislation that promotes common sense policing measures like anti-bias training, body cameras, data collection, and oversight, especially in light of the rampant police violence and shootings of citizens that we are facing in the country in Ferguson, Minneapolis, New York, and other places.

 

[For Democratic MoCs, add: I’m scared that Trump’s executive order in combination with his remarks post-Charlottesville and his pardon of Arpaio is leading us towards a fascist society and we need to do everything in our power to stop this trend before it spirals further.]

 

Please ask Senator/Rep_____to speak out loudly and clearly against the militarization of the police and work to pass legislation that helps to curb the police violence that is already rampant within our society.

 


 

The most effective thing you can do is to pick up the phone,
but if you’re short on time, you can leave your MoC a message below.