Weekly Actions: September 18, 2017

Action 1: Stop Trumpcare 3.0: Keep Calling Your Senators!

Action 2: Demand Immigrant Justice: Speak out against HR 3697, Motel 6’s cooperation with ICE, and the suspension of DACA hearings.

Action 3: Protect Title IX regulations that protect people from sexual assault.




Action 1: Stop Trumpcare 3.0: Keep Calling Your Senators!

Last week, we asked our senators not to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill, which is no better than previous versions of Trumpcare. It puts caps on Medicaid, allows states to waive essential benefits, and undermines protection for people with pre-existing conditions. It’s extremely important to keep calling your senators in order to block Trumpcare 3.0, as Republicans are building momentum to try to pass this bill before September 30th, since they’ll need only 51 votes if they meet this deadline. We need to act now!

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Call your Senators–Early and Often: Check out the Indivisible website for background on the bill, and key calling strategies. If your Senators are Democrats, ask them to withhold consent on all Senate business in order to run out the clock before this can be passed, using this calling script. If your senators are Republican, use this script to hold them accountable for their past Trumpcare votes. There are also special scripts for key senators in Tennessee, Ohio, Arizona, Alaska, Maine, and West Virginia. Some talking points:
    • The Senate committed to a bipartisan process after the last repeal failed, and we want to see that process enacted.
    • Over 50% of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Repealing it will not be a “win” for the American people. Remind them that the last repeal attempt had the support of only 12% of the population, and this one is not very different.
    • Any bill that is proposed should undergo due process, be vetted by the CBO and go through a hearing process. It should not be rushed through.
  • Use this calling tool from Indivisible to directly reach voters in Red States so they can call their Senators. Republican senators must be pressured to vote against the bill and Democratic senators must be urged to stall Senate business and run out the clock until the September 30th deadline passes.

Action 2: Demand Immigrant Justice: Speak out against HR 3697, Motel 6’s cooperation with ICE, and the suspension of DACA hearings.

There are three important immigrant justice actions to take this week:

(1) Last week, the House passed H.R. 3697 , which was framed as a way to expedite the deportation of people involved in gang activity. However, the bill was written in an extreme manner, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to label petty and nonviolent crimes as gang activity, regardless of how long ago these activities took place. Anyone who harbors another undocumented immigrant could also be considered a gang member.

According to the National Immigrant Justice Center, Under this bill, people–including children–who have never committed or supported a single criminal act could be deported simply because of where they live or with whom they spend their time. The bill as written is so extreme that it will have a chilling effect on fundamental freedoms of association. H.R. 3697 was unquestionably drafted to target young Central American men and women for deportation, without regard to whether such deportation will return them to persecution or death.  The bill now goes to the Senate. Click here for more information on this bill and its impacts.   

(2) From our action alliance partners at Rogan’s List: According to this article in Newsweek, Motel 6 is reporting undocumented immigrants to ICE. A Supreme Court decision in 2015 states that law enforcement officials cannot require hotels to furnish guest information, so the corporation is clearly doing this voluntarily. At least 20 people have been arrested in Arizona over the past few months. Update: We have received word that due to public pressure, they have stopped cooperating. Thank you for your calls.

(3) Despite all the pressure on both sides of the aisle about doing something to reinstate DACA, the Senate Judiciary Committee has indefinitely postponed a hearing on the Dream Act, and the chair of the House Judiciary Committee has proclaimed that he won’t talk about DACA until “border security” is addressed. 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Call your Senators: Tell them to vote NO on H.R. 36975 Calls has an excellent script here.
  • Contact Motel 6 Corporation: G6 Hospitality, 4001 International Parkway, Carrollton, Texas 75007 / 972-360-9000 and tell them not to cooperate with ICE (see script below). Also contact Motel 6 Spokespersons: Tom Bodett, Tom Bodett Ad Agency, PO Box 268, Putney, VT 05346 (tbodett@gmail.com) and Steven Arcieri, Arcieri & Assoc., 305 Madison Ave, New York NY 10165 / 212-286-1700 (steven@arcieritalent.com )
  • Call the Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-5225, as well as individual Judiciary Committee members and ask them to reinstate hearings on DACA as soon as possible and move the DREAM Act out of committee.

Bill: S. 1615: Dream Act of 2017: A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

SCRIPT FOR MOTEL 6: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I was appalled to read in Newsweek that Motel 6 is cooperating with ICE and giving them the names of undocumented immigrants who stay at their hotels. Many people have come to this country because they are fleeing persecution and might be met with death if they are deported. The Supreme Court stated in a decision in 2015 that hotels are not required to furnish the names of their guests. I would like to ask Motel 6 to immediately stop engaging in this practice, and I will spread the word to everyone I know and on social media not to stay at any Motel 6 hotel, due to this immoral practice.

SCRIPT FOR SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:

Hi, my name is _____and I’m calling from _____. I was very disturbed to hear that the Judiciary Committee has indefinitely postponed hearings on the DREAM Act. There has been support on both sides of the aisle to enact legislation to assure that these hardworking people, who came here as children and know no home other than the U.S., can stay in the country. According to a recent poll by the Brookings institute, nearly 2/3 of Americans want the Dreamers to be able to stay. Please expedite these hearings and get this legislation out of the committee.


Action 3: Tell the Department of Education not to overturn Title IX regulations that protect people from sexual assault.

The Washington Post lists 29 ways that Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has hurt education, but one of the worst has been her threat to overturn Title IX regulations that help protect people from sexual assault.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Call the Department of Education: We are syndicating this 5 Calls action to address this issue.
  • Contact Universities: Universities have the ability to do more than they’re federally mandated to do. Reach out to any university where you previously studied and urge them to keep their current policies in place, regardless of whether the Title IX regulations are rescinded.


 

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