Lunchtime for Change -- Virtual Event , Anywhere

Start: August 15, 201812:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)

LUNCHTIME FOR CHANGE

AUGUST 15, 12-1 PM (or whenever your lunch break is!)

Location: Anywhere

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 each Wednesday (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

This petition by the ACLU calls upon Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, to:

"Stop subjecting children in your custody to physical, sexual, and verbal abuse. Hold the responsible agents accountable and make it impossible for any future abuse to occur."

Raise your voice in support of protecting immigrant children from abuse, and holding their abusers accountable, here:

https://action.aclu.org/petition/cbp-stop-abusing-children

For extra impact, share the petition on social media using the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether


ACTION 2: CALL YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE TO DEMAND A PUBLIC STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION

Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives Steny Hoyer posted a public letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Cissna condemning his updating speaking arrangement with a known anti-immigrant hate group. You can read the letter here:

https://www.democraticwhip.gov/sites/democraticwhip.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Director%20Cissna%208-14-18.pdf

Call your elected officials, and ask them to join Representative Hoyer in voicing their outrage about this meeting. Here is a sample script you can use:

Hello, my name is _____________ and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative _______________. I am calling to ask Senator/Representative ________________ to join Representative Hoyer in strongly condemning Director Cissna's speaking engagement to The Center of Immigration Studies, a known anti-immigrant hate group. We need to let Director Cissna know that hate has no place in immigration policy, and he will be held accountable for his actions.

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

Pueblo Sin Fronteras is a long-standing organization fighting for the human rights of immigrants. Their fundraiser is specifically to help detainees organizing against family separation from behind bars make necessary phone calls and organize their efforts. Donate here to be a part of supporting their efforts:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/family-reunification-phone-project


ACTION 4: AMPLIFY THE STORY OF AN ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

RAICES is currently representing Mapache, a young activist and community organizer who was arrested while peacefully protesting ICE. Mapache's DACA status is pending. Help to get the word out about his story by spreading this Twitter thread posted by RAICES, and using the hashtag #FreeMapache.

https://twitter.com/RAICESTEXAS/status/1025603700381732865

Bonus action: Sign this petition on Mapache's behalf, and/or call ICE to demand his release:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/freemapache


ACTION 5: PREPARE TO HOLD YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE

Your elected officials are your employees, and you have the power to rehire them or fire them by voting. Elections are coming up quickly, and it is worth taking a moment to make sure your registration is up to date and active. Thankfully, @RogueNASA has compiled a handy Voting One Stop Shop that gives links to checking voter status, registering to vote, and basic voting deadlines for every state. Prepare to use your vote to send a strong message: if elected officials won't protect the human rights of asylum seekers, they'll be out of a job.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dgy1EOCefqPlsMEuKWMg3KzprRKtWUAU1yLgyoBw9bU/edit#gid=0


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 this week's Lunchtime for Change. See you next week!
Event by
Sarah Tuttle
Arlington, Massachusetts