Dignity for Detained Immigrants!

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Check out the exciting upcoming Indivisible events and actions at the end of this e-mail!

Our immigration detention system has long been a national disgrace: inhumane, unjust, and driven by private, for-profit corporations like The GEO Group, which operates the Northwest Detention Center located in Tacoma, Washington. As one survivor of immigration detention writes "My time in detention... was a nightmare, a scene in which there is fear, anguish, and desperation in every breath.” As President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies gain steam, the numbers and conditions of immigrant detentions will only worsen unless Congress acts.  

On Tuesday, Representatives Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal--with 40 co-sponsors--introduced the “Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act” . The bill would end the use of private immigration detention prisons and repeal mandatory detention, while improving due process, oversight, accountability, and transparency for detained immigrants. Call Representatives Smith and Jayapal to thank them for introducing this important legislation. Ask our Senators to introduce or support similar legislation in the Senate.

Action 1:  Thank our Representatives for introducing the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act

Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901/ Renton 425-793-5180

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106/ Seattle 206-674-0040

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“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I want to thank Representative [NAME] for Introducing the ‘Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act.’ This is a long-overdue first step in reforming our county’s horrific treatment of immigrants. Representative [NAME] has my support in pushing for just and open-hearted immigration policy

Action 2: Ask our Senators to introduce or support immigration detention reform legislation

Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621/ Seattle 206-553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell:DC 202-224-3441/ Seattle 206-220-6400

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“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I was excited to see Representatives Jayapal and Smith introduce the ‘Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act.’  The bill ends mandatory detention, prohibits private immigrant detention prisons, and requires due process and humane treatment. This kind of reform is long overdue, and more urgent than ever under the Trump administration. Please ask Senator [NAME] to move similar legislation in the Senate.”

References:

https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/representatives-smith-and-jayapal-introduce-legislation-to-reform-deeply

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/an-end-to-private-prisons-washington-reps-introduce-act-to-phase-out-immigration-detention/

UPCOMING EVENTS

1) Day of Action in Burien with Pramila Jayapal – Saturday 10/7, 10 a.m., Burien Press

Join Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and volunteers as we knock on doors in Burien for progressive city council candidates. These elections are important because a slate of far-right candidates is attempting a takeover of the city council to repeal its sanctuary city ordinance. Sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/294972207646010/

2) SEA NO H8: A Concert for Indivisible Project – Sunday 10/8, 5:30-7:30 pm, Optimism Brewing

Join your Seattle-area neighbors to stand together against hate-based rhetoric, politics and policies and celebrate strong social activism in our community. All proceeds benefit Indivisible Project. Featuring music by Seattle's "soul ambassador," Tiffany Wilson and En Canto, a classic Seattle-based Brazilian band; and hosted by Hosted by Rich Smith from The Stranger & Blabbermouth podcast. Get tickets in advance in case it sells out: http://bit.ly/2xAO2Gx

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/230457644151803/

3) Seattle Indivisible Biweekly Meeting, Tuesday, 10/10, 6:30 pm, Yesler Community Center

Seattle Indivisible will welcome new members, give a recap of our recent events, and feature the following activities:

- Poster and sign-making for the October 13 Betsy DeVos protest (More information about the protest at https://www.facebook.com/events/111688962884008/)

- De-Escalate WA's I-940 ballot initiative & elections planning

This room is ADA accessible, and can be reached by transit on routes 27, 60, and the First Hill Streetcar. Parking is also available. Please RSVP so we know how much poster-making materials we need to supply: https://www.facebook.com/events/296003800881670/