Trump’s pick for Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration - Ronald Mortensen - is anti-immigration and has said some intemperate things on the subject. He is a hard-liner who promotes the view that illegal immigrants commit a disproportionate amount of crime. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, has said he will not support Mortensen’s nomination.
1. Thank Senator Flake (who has stood up to Trump in the past also) for his opposition to Mortensen.
2. Contact your Senators to ask that they oppose Mortensen.
Shot by Border Patrol
Last Wednesday a young, unarmed Guatemalan woman was fatally shot by a Texas Border Patrol agent.
1. Contact Customs and Border Protection to demand a full investigation into the murder of Gonzalez and that justice be meted out to her murderer.
2. Contact your Senators to demand the same thing.
Homeland Security Separating Families
Homeland Security have been detaining people trying to cross our borders and separating children from their parents. This is barbaric, inhumane, unAmerican, and despicable.
1. Sign MoveOn.org’s petition to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:
2. Call DHS Comment Line to state your opposition to the policy of separating families: 202-282-8495.
3. Write to Secretary Nielsen at:
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
The harvesting of palm oil causes immense environmental degradation unless it is carried out sustainably. Palm oil is used in a great number of products, and unless sustainable practices are adopted by the majority of producers, irreversible damage will be done, including the extinction of species. If palm oil is listed as an ingredient, you can be sure that it is not from a sustainable source unless the label clearly states that it is.
One of our favorite snack-makers is Snyders of Hanover, but alas some of their products contain palm oil, with no mention of sustainability. Send an email asking them to pledge to only use sources which employ sustainable methods: http://slletsconnect.com/snyders-of-hanover/.
Look for a guilty palm oil label on another product you use regularly, and contact the producer.
Sunday - for fun:
Due to the high number of Native American women who are subjected to abuse of all kinds, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have introduced Savanna’s Act/Close the Information Gap to Reduce Number of Missing and Murdered Native American Women (H.R. 4485 and S. 1942). This legislation would require the DoJ to improve its database and law enforcement and justice protocols with respect to missing and murdered Native Americans.
1. Contact your Senator and ask them to support S. 1942, Savanna’s Act. If your Senator is a co-sponsor of the bill, thank them.
2. Contact your MoC and ask them to support H.R. 4485, Savanna’s Act. If your MoC is a co-sponsor of the bill, thank them.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced S. 1580, Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act. This bipartisan bill seeks to prioritize the provision of educational opportunities for displaced children overseas, especially girls, in the design, evaluation, and implementation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The House has already passed this bill, which now awaits a vote by the full Senate.
1. Contact your Senator and ask them to support S. 1580, Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act.
2. If your Senator is a co-sponsor, thank them.
Stand with McD’s Workers
McDonalds workers have been calling out their employer for its role in perpetuating working poverty and on Monday marched to the company’s HQ in Chicago. The protest is part of the Fight for 15 campaign, which is organized by the Service employees International Union.
Contact McDonalds headquarters to state your solidarity with the protesting workers and to ask McDonalds to start paying a living wage to its employees:
1 (800) 244-6227 (7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Central Time), or
Greyhound Bus Collaborates
Greyhound allows Border Patrol to board its buses and question or arrest passengers without a warrant. Greyhound Buses are private property and have no obligation to allow officials to board without a warrant. Officials have been boarding buses up to 100 miles from the border and demanding to see the papers of all passengers. Greyhound is allowing Border Patrol to violate its passengers’ constitutional rights in a manner which targets and profiles lower-income, Spanish-speaking travelers.
Contact Greyhound to ask them to refuse to allow Border Patrol to board their buses without a warrant.