Lunchtime for Change -- Virtual Event , Anywhere

Start: September 19, 201812:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)

LUNCHTIME FOR CHANGE

SEPTEMBER 19, 12-1 PM (or whenever your lunch break is!)

Location: Anywhere

This is the last weekly Lunchtime for Change event for a while. Stay tuned to @familiesbelong for more virtual activism actions in the future!

The atrocity of tearing apart families seeking refuge and asylum must end. Families that have been torn apart must be reunited, and the impacts of their separation must be addressed. If you want to take action from wherever you are, join us for this weekly virtual event. Between 12 and 1 PM (or whenever your lunch break is), take as many of the actions on this list as possible. There will be new actions every Wednesday! Tweet and share your actions – and a link to this page -- on your social media networks with the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether to make a greater impact.

In today's digital world, virtual activists are essential for the success of a movement. Thank you for raising your voice and being a part of our community!


ACTION 1: SIGN THIS PETITION TO JPMORGAN CHASE AND WELLS

Petitions are powerful because they present a concise, unified opinion of many stakeholders to decision makers. Add your voice, and boost the power of the petition!

This week's petition to the CEOs of JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo demands that they stop giving money to fund private prisons and immigration detention centers. Add your signature here:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/wells-fargo-and-jpmorgan-chase-stop-financing-pain-for-corporate-profits?source=NAT_A_180918_Email1&link_id=2&can_id=b026b11f5b3df8a47bd6552a3fdafc01&email_referrer=email_418959&email_subject=profits-vs-families


ACTION 2: TELL YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE TO MONITOR THE CARE OF MIGRANT CHILDREN

According to recent numbers, there are now 12,800 children being held in detention-- more than ever before. (See this article by CNN for more information: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/14/politics/immigrant-children-kept-detention/index.html) Call your congresspeople, and demand that they stand up for these children! If you wish, here is a script you can use:

Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent of ___________________. I just discovered that almost 13,000 migrant children are being held in detention. I am calling today to tell _______________ that I expect them to use every power available to them to ensure that these children are being given adequate care. I hope to see a public statement by _________________ in the near future in which they explain the steps they have taken to ensure that these children are being given the care they are required to receive under the Flores Agreement. Please let __________________ know that my vote in the next election depends on whether or not they advocate for the safety of these children.

Here is a link to Call My Congress. By entering your zip code, you will be able to find the contact information for all your elected members of congress. The site also shows your their Twitter accounts and a link to information about their voting records. Bookmark the site for future use!

https://www.callmycongress.com/


ACTION 3: DONATE TO THIS WEEK'S SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN

The Vera Institute of Justice is running a campaign to raise money for their SAFE Families Fund, which "provides legal services and representation for immigrants facing deportation." Whether or not an immigrant has a lawyer is one of the biggest predictors of whether or not their case will result in them being deported. Help keep families together by donating any amount, large or small, to their campaign here:


ACTION 4: AMPLIFY THE VICTORY!

Celebrating success gives us energy and hope to push forward as a movement. So, take a moment to celebrate this legal victory! In the article quoted below, NPR writes:"For years, immigration authorities have been skipping one simple step in the process: When they served notices to appear in court, they routinely left the court date blank." Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that immigration cases where an immigrant was not given valid notice of their hearing are to be tossed out. That means that thousands of immigrants are going to be safe from illegal deportation! Read the article below, and share the good news far and wide:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/17/648832694/supreme-court-ruling-means-thousands-of-deportation-cases-may-be-tossed-out


ACTION 5: EDUCATE YOURSELF ON FLORES

There is a lot of conversation right now regarding the Flores Agreement, which provides guidelines for providing for the basic needs of migrant children in detention. The Flores Agreement is a key legal case in defending the human rights of children in US custody.  Watch the video and read the interview below to familiarize yourself with the case and its implications, so that you can be a more informed advocate for children being held in detention.

An excellent video interview explaining the Flores Agreement and its legal implications for immigration law. The first 2 and a half minutes focus specifically on explaining the rules Flores created:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGqf929X4jk

A transcript of an interview with Carlos Hogliun, the lawyer representing the Flores Agreement, on its legal status and history:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/22/622678753/the-history-of-the-flores-settlement-and-its-effects-on-immigration

THANK YOU!

Whether you only have one minute on your lunch break to sign a petition, or whether you take time out of your day to do everything on this list, your actions matter and help. Thank you for participating in Lunchtime for Change!
Event by
Sarah Tuttle
Arlington, Massachusetts