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Action 1: Stop Racist Anti-Immigrant Bills
The ICE Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2406) and the Davis-Oliver Act (H.R. 2431) will both be voted on this afternoon by the House Judiciary Committee, of which Pramila Jayapal is a member. Together these bills vastly expand the power of immigration enforcement on a federal, state, and local level. They would target sanctuary cities, and perhaps most frighteningly, they mandate arming every deportation officer with an M-4 rifle.
Ask your house representatives to fight tooth and nail to stop these bills from getting through. (And call early – the vote will likely be at the end of the day today!)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal:
DC - 202-225-3106
Seattle - 206-674-0040
Script for Rep. Jayapal:
“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the anti-immigration bills being debated in the House Judiciary Committee. First of all I want to thank Rep. Jayapal for speaking out against these bills, and second I want to ask that she continue to fight to stop H.R. 2406 and H.R. 2431 from passing. [If relevant, insert personal story here].”
Rep. Adam Smith:
DC - 202-225-8901
Renton - 425-793-5180
Script for Rep. Smith:
“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the anti-immigration bills being debated in the House Judiciary Committee. I want to ask that Rep. Smith do everything he can to stop H.R. 2406 and H.R. 2431 from passing, starting with issuing a public statement against them. [If relevant, insert personal story here].”
Action 2: Don’t Reward Cruelty with a Promotion
Next in the long line of horrific Trump appointees is Sheriff David Clarke, who Trump wants to appoint to a senior position in homeland security. Clarke has publicly equated the Black Lives Matter movement with ISIS, has been accused of misuse of power in his role as Milwaukee Sheriff, and has allowed several suspicious deaths in his prison, including an infant death in which an arrested woman was forced to give birth on her cell floor while in shackles.
This appointment is not yet official, but it does not have to be confirmed by Congress. That means we need a lot of public pressure to get him dropped – ask your Senators to weigh in!
Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400
Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545
"My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the possible appointment of Sherriff David Clarke to a senior position in the Department of Homeland Security. I would like to see a statement from [MoC] condemning this appointment based on his history of abusing power as Milwaukee Sherriff.”
A special election will take place tomorrow (May 25) in Montana, with Democrat Rob Quist running against Republican Greg Gianforte for a seat in the House. If you have friends in Montana, encourage them to get out the vote!