***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Monday, March 13, 2017
We haven't crunched the numbers yet, but we know that there were many many many SolSun meetings around the country yesterday—tons of postcards, tons of letters, and a LOT of powerful conversations and connections. A number of groups had guest speakers as well (including many speakers on immigration/"Know Your Rights") , which is fantastic, and MANY groups are focusing on issues specific to their local communities. I cannot say enough how great this is—we provide the monthly infoscript as a general guide, with the HOPE that some groups will begin to add their own actions, and tailor it to their region's needs. To see it happening now is fantastic.
Here in Alameda we did a video conference with Jess O'Connell, the ED of EMILY's List, the largest women's political action PAC in the country. They support pro-choice Dem women who are running for state and federal offices. Among the many notable things she talked about was this stat: annually, EMILYs List gets "several hundred" women who reach out to them about running for office. Since the election? 10,000 WOMEN HAVE CONTACTED THEM SAYING THEY WANT TO RUN. That's pretty damn exciting.
We also had a visit from our newly elected State Senator, Nancy Skinner, who is, we all learned, pretty freakin great. She did some Civics 101 as to how the California Legislature is structured, and talked about her own journey of running for office. She also talked a lot about mass incarceration in CA, including the work she's done around reducing the # of inmates in solitary; strategies for preventing county jails from renting out space to ICE for detention; and the importance of paying attention to Sheriff elections.
1. Speaking of women in politics...I'm hearing more + more from SolSun chapters who either have a member running for something like School Board (like Lyndsey Schlax here in Alameda!) or are starting to organize and donate/put energy behind a woman who's running. So:
#ACTION: Follow the lead of the SolSun San Diego chapter and make a donation to the potential campaign of Kim Weaver from Iowa, who has announced she will run again against RACIST Steve King if she can raise the $$$. This announcement followed King's totally f*%^ing racist tweet:
I'm following her on Twitter (@KimWeaverIA) and she had almost 900 donations totaling $20k in one day:
These come from 5calls.org (w/ my edits):
2. STOP THE REINS ACT
H.R. 26/S. 21, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 was passed by the House recently and will be reviewed and voted on by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this Wednesday, March 15th.
The REINS Act makes it significantly harder for federal agencies to create, manage, and fund the programs that serve the American people. Under REINS, among other obstructions, all major programs and funding requests for services must be submitted to and passed by both chambers of Congress within 70 days, allowing Congress to simply sit on any request until the time expires and then table it. This Act also requires these same agencies to waste overhead reporting and re-reporting on the impact of any major funding request or program on corporate interests rather than focusing on what's needed to serve tax-paying citizens.
#ACTION: Call the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: 202-224-4751
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to take a stand against S. 21, the REINS Act. Congress should not create regulations to obstruct the operation of the federal government. Thank you."
3. ASK FOR THE RELEASE OF DREAMER DANIEL RAMIREZ MEDINA + LEARN ABOUT HIS CASE
Daniel Ramirez Medina is a 23 year old father of a three year old who has lived in the United States for 16 years and has twice been granted deferral of deportation and a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump has stated that DACA recipients are not currently targets of his mass deportation campaign. However, despite Daniel's active DACA status, he was arrested by ICE agents in a raid on February 10th. ICE agents claim Daniel is affiliated with a gang and, chillingly, that his DACA status has been voided by his arrest. However, Daniel has no criminal history and denies any gang participation.
Daniel's arrest on such flimsy grounds sets a terrifying precedent for the thousands of other young people who have gained the right to work and live in the United States under the DACA program. The Trump administration has claimed their goal is to remove violent criminals from the country, but the actions of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security do not resemble that priority. The unnecessary raids and arrests of DACA recipients and non-violent undocumented immigrants who simply want to forge a better life for their family must stop.
His case will be heard, and possibly decided, this week by Judge James P. Donohue in Seattle. According to Seattle paper The Stranger: "There are more than 750,000 "Dreamers" like Ramirez in the United States—immigrants who were brought to this country as children and are protected by the Obama-era DACA program. But the outcome of the Ramirez case could set a precedent for how they're treated by immigration officials under President Trump...Ramirez's lawyers are asking for two things: First, they're asking that Judge Donohue grant an emergency motion to release Ramirez pending the resolution of his petition for habeas corpus—a case that challenges his arrest and detention. They're also asking that Judge Donohue issue a declaration clarifying the "rules of the road" and rights of other DACA dreamers. At stake, the lawyers say, is the question of whether immigration officials can round up and detain DACA recipients and take away their DACA status without recourse in federal court."
So, this is an important case to follow. Calling the DHS, which is the suggested action here, is good b/c it keeps the case on the radar and indicates that people are paying attention. But the real deal will be the outcome of the court cse.
#ACTION: Call the Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8495
"Hi, my name is [Name] and I'm from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to support the release DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina from detention. ICE should prioritize deportations for criminals who have committed violent crimes."