The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6, would provide permanent relief to Dreamers, individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. All of these groups are currently at risk under the Trump Administration of being deported and separated from their families, even though many have lived in America for decades. H.R. 6 would protect them permanently.
Republicans want to water this bill down by narrowing the rules for who is eligible, and had scheduled a time for “mark up” yesterday, but this was postponed thanks to the protests of Democrats who do not want to see it diluted. The longer a vote on this bill is delayed, the more risk we run of it dying in committee or getting diluted before passing. We've already called on this last month, but time is running out on this important bill.
ACTION: Tell your Reps to Pass a Strong H.R. 6
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to vote for H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, and to commit to rejecting any amendments in committee or on the floor that would narrow the eligibility rules. Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders all deserved permanent relief from the threat of deportation – many of these people have lived and worked in America their entire lives. We must do what we can to protect as many of them as we can.”
Bonus Action: Washington Mother's Day Call To Action
Here is the update on the plan for a Washington Mother's Day Call To Action. We are requesting your participation and support by blasting out the Facebook page and event and asking your contacts, individuals and organizations to share this with their constituencies, state-wide.
This call to action began as a grass roots campaign started by random people all over the country, who are now reaching out to local and state immigrant rights / immigrant advocacy leaders and groups to unite, to shine the light on family separation and child detention, to encourage people to donate to bond funds this Mother's Day, and to get people to speak with family and friends gathered on Sunday and talk about the inhumanity of the current administration's atrocious policies and their impact on our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Please see their website for further information and terrific resources for families to use:
Here in Washington state, we are calling for three actions:
1. Instead of buying a Mother's Day gift, we are calling on every family to donate to the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network Fair Fight Bond Fund.
We chose this single beneficiary because the Bond Fund is in need, and because it results in the release of mothers to be reunited with their families. We'd like to expand our fund raising efforts to include the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the NWDCR (La Resistencia) going forward.
2. We are calling for people in the Seattle area to support the Seattle Democratic Socialists event on Mother's Day, Sunday night May 12th at 5:00, at Optimism Brewing Company, which is also raising funds for the WAISN Fair Fight Bond Fund and seeks to educate about immigration.
3. We are calling on Washingtonians to speak up and bring up this administration's policies which are harming families and children by separation and detention, and talk about these issues with their families, neighbors, communities. We want to inspire people to keep the spotlight on the separations until these policies are changed.
Here's the event link:
After Mother's Day, we will encourage more action through support of our immigrant leaders and communities, who are already planning a series of events and campaigns, to keep the heat on.
From Past to Present: A Talk with Dr. Angela Davis
May 17, 2019, 4:00 PM
The University of Washington Bothell's Black Student Union and Campus Events Board are excited to host "From Past to Present: A Talk with Dr. Angela Davis."
At this event, Dr. Davis will speak to how our past correlates to our present. Furthermore, she will share how we, as individuals, can come together as one to further cultivate social and systematic change so that we can each better answer the question: "How can we use our privilege to act in allyship with others as a united front?"