Friday, May 17, 2019

ACTION: NO MORE MONEY FOR CRUEL AND LAWLESS IMMIGRATION AGENCIES

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NO MORE MONEY FOR CRUEL AND LAWLESS IMMIGRATION AGENCIES 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I believe in an America where children and parents are protected. I want Congress to pass policies that keep families together and show mercy to refugees. Therefore, I do not support a deal to fast-track up to $4.5 billion for border patrol operations in return for disaster relief funding. DHS already has more than $11 billion for immigration and border security, which it is spending in cruel and sometimes lawless ways. Please speak against this deal and do not vote for it. Thank you.  

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I believe in an America where children and parents are protected. I want Congress to pass policies that keep families together and show mercy to refugees. Therefore, I do not support a deal to fast-track up to $4.5 billion for border patrol operations in return for disaster relief funding. DHS already has more than $11 billion for immigration and border security, which it is spending in cruel and sometimes lawless ways. Please speak against this deal and do not vote for it. Thank you.

BACKGROUND:

Humanitarian relief is needed at the border because of cruel Administration policies and inhumane DHS actions, not because of a lack of money. DHS has a combined $11.5 billion for CBP and ICE.   
–ICE paid $807 million to for-profit prison companies in FY2018 for substandard facilities and abusive treatment. Migrants work in slave labor conditions for pennies a day. ICE permits lax oversight of its already minimal standards. 
–22 immigrants have died in detention facilities in the past two, years, plus four young children who died since December.  
–CPB agents have dumped water in the desert, violated constitutional guarantees, abused detainees, and carried out the family separation policy in particularly sadistic ways.  
DoD just announced that it will divert money to build 6 tent cities to be run by ICE. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/u-s-military-build-6-tent-cities-border-migrants-n1006161
Congress should not fast-track up to $4.5 billion in the guise of humanitarian relief.  

SOURCES: 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Action: Stop Trump From Provoking A War With Iran

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STOP TRUMP FROM PROVOKING A WAR WITH IRAN 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I’m worried that Trump is pushing us closer to a war with Iran. Please support S. 1039 “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019.” Further, don’t confirm the Acting Secretary of Defense until Congress is briefed on Iran. For a year, Trump has taken uncalled-for measures that are meant to provoke Iran. With the military build up in the area, we are one accident away from war.  You need to speak out, and take to the streets if necessary, to stop another war. It would be catastrophic for America, Iran and the world. 

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I’m worried that Trump is pushing us closer to a war with Iran. Please support H.R. 2354, the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019. For a year, Trump has taken uncalled-for measures that are meant to provoke Iran. With the military build up in the area, we are one accident away from war. You need to speak out, and take to the streets if necessary, to stop another war. It would be catastrophic for America, Iran and the world.  

BACKGROUND:

As Trump escalates his provocations with Iran, keep in mind he is an inveterate liar and someone who responds to personal threats (say, the Mueller report) by diverting attention to a new outrage. His current diversion is provoking a war with Iran. 
Trump has been goaded by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Iran hawks in the Administration (Pompeo and Bolton) to: 
  • withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal even though Iran was complying. 
  • impose brutal new sanctions that are designed to cripple the Iranian economy. 
  • accuse Iran of “spread(ing) mayhem” across the Middle East. 
  • claim to have intelligence, likely from Israel, about Iranian plans to attack US personnel in the Middle East, although allies doubt the intelligence. 
  • deploy an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers within striking distance of Iran. 
  • and yesterday, order nearly all State Department personnel be evacuated from their posts in Iraq, something that never happened even during the Iraq war years. 
He knows Americans would never stomach an unprovoked war in the Middle East. But his threats and actions have ramped up tensions so high that an accident could start a war. We must stop this insanity. 

SOURCES: 

NY TIMES, MAY 13, 2019: “White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War”   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/world/middleeast/us-military-plans-iran.html
Rolling Stone, May 15, 2019: “The Trump Administration Is Thirsty for War, Intelligence Be Damned”   https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/war-iran-trump-administration-intelligence-835531/
Time Magazine: “British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias”  http://time.com/5589433/iran-isis-christopher-ghika-contradicts-us/
The Nation, May 7, 2019: “Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger” https://www.thenation.com/article/iran-war-bolton-trump-hair-trigger/
Financial Times, April 29, 2019: “Iran’s economy slumps as US sanctions pile on the pain”  https://www.ft.com/content/ac599cf4-6a72-11e9-80c7-60ee53e6681d
White House, April 22, 2019: “President Donald J. Trump Is Working to Bring Iran’s Oil Exports to Zero”  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-working-bring-irans-oil-exports-zero/