STAND UP FOR OUR NEIGHBORS: NO MONEY FOR A WALL

Everyone deserves the chance to live life free from fear of persecution, with hope for a future.  This administration is systematically taking this away from thousands of our neighbors who are feeling horrendous conditions, seeking out America as a beacon of hope. 

The Trump administrations systematic and racist policies of dehumanizing and criminalizing our neighbors continues:

  • 14,000 children remain in internment camps, at risk for abuse from caretakers with incomplete background checks, unable to leave with family/friends
  • Family separation started earlier than thought and continues despite orders to stop, while private companies make millions
  • Military troops, with permission to use lethal force, remain at the border

These actions cause unnecessary scarring psychological trauma in victims already fleeing a nightmare.

The Trump is demanding $5 billion for his wall and has threatened a government shutdown if he doesn’t get it.  Our members of Congress must make it clear that ZERO dollars will go to the wall, no increase funds will go to border patrol.  Instead they should work to pass legislation, such as the Families Not Facilities and REUNITE Act, that will help.  

America has always been a beacon of hope.  Congress must work to keep that promise.

ACTION ONE: GO TO #RESISTTRUMPTUESDAY TO DEMAND #FAMILIESBELONGTOGETHER

Join us at #ResistTrumpTuesday on Tuesday, October 23, at 11:30 in the courtyard of Senator Merkley’s office, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97204. We will meet with Senator Merkley’s staff and demand that he:

  • Makes sure NO money goes to the wall
  • Makes sure NO additional funding goes to border patrol agents

We also will thank Senator Merkley for co-sponsoring the Families Not Facilities and REUNITE Act and work to get these passed.

ACTION TWO: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL

Oppose anti immigrant rules to limit immigrants’ access to safety net programs.  File a comment in OPPOSITION to limiting immigrants’ access to SNAP and MEDICAID.

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR MERKLEY AND WYDEN:

(Leave a message if you can’t get through)

: “My name is [Name]. I am a constituent and I and live in ZIP code [number]. I am calling because I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border and the inhumane way this administration is treating our neighbors. I ask that the Senator to demand that zero dollars go to funding the wall and that no additional money goes for border patrol agents.  I also want to thank him for co-sponsoring the REUNITE Act and the Families Not Facilities Act.  I hope to see these passed soon.”

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

(Leave a message if you can’t get through)

“My name is [Name]. I am a constituent and I and live in ZIP code [number]. I am calling because I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border and the inhumane way this administration is treating our neighbors. I ask that the Representative to demand that zero dollars go to funding the wall and that no additional money goes for border patrol agents.  And when the new Congress starts, I expect to see you call for hearings on all these topics.  We must document what is happening and then work to make sure it never happens again.”

CALL Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

CALL BLUMENAUER (OR-03)

CALL Kurt Schrader (OR-05)