Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday 5/21 Call to Action

Thursday 5/21

1. Migrant families
Trump has signed an executive order on his own zero tolerance policy and has blamed Congress for his administration’s position on separating families to enforce the law. All this executive order does is keep kids in cages with their families, indefinitely. We are at a critical point where it is dire to get these infants and children back with their families. Kids are being moved to foster care in the middle of the night. 

Children are being given psychotropic drugs against their will. This is not ok! 

Some of the airlines are speaking out and refusing to transport immigrant children separated from their families for government. It might be a good idea to tweet at them if they’ve taken a stance or not. 
Some flight attendants are refusing to flight assignments that ICE and migrant children are aboard. 

It is not lost on me that my children are safely in my care, and that is a privilege. That they were born at the “right place”, at the “right” time, and have the “right” skin colors. I cannot fathom what these migrant families are going through. We need to continue to be loud about our outrage in every way possible. Call, email, tweet, march, donate, VOTE!!!

Mark your calendars for the nationwide protest taking place on June 30th. There are multiple Minnesota options now.

Want to do more than protest and make phone calls? Donate $$ to the organizations at the front line trying to help these families. 

2. Ronald Mortensen 
Today would be a good day to call and ask our Senators to reject the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to lead the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Ronald Mortensen is an anti-immigration extremist and would be in charge of refugee protection, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Under this current administration I’m not surprised that someone such as this has been nominated, but we want a humanitarian diplomat, someone who reflects our spirit and compassion of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable people. 

3. Be Part of The Blue Wave
Have you signed up to help a local campaign yet? There are a myriad of ways to help local candidates. Phone banking and door knocking are the obvious ones. But if the thought of talking to strangers shivers your timbers, there are other options as well. Consider donating money, food, supplies, or your expertise to a campaign. Write postcards to voters. March in parades. Be part of a crew that holds signs on highway overpasses.
Tina Folch House Candidate for 54B. Looking for a fun activity that’s kid friendly and easy to do? Join Tina’s crew at the Hastings Rivertown Days Parade on July 22nd. Look here for more information:
Are you action oriented? Do you like to get things done? Consider joining the St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance.
This handy article lists all the Minnesota candidates running for a House seat in November. Adopt one (or two, or more) and commit yourself to creating a wave of successful campaigns. Check it out:…/who-s-running-minnesota-house-20…
Do you live in the 2nd congressional district? Do you live in a blue part of Minnesota and you want to help others? Check out CD2Action’s calendar for upcoming activities. CD2Action, @CD2action
Check out Third Thursday’s Mobilizing for Midterms TODAY, June 21st
The party Conventions have kicked off the election season. This is what we’ve all been waiting for -- to vote the right people into power!! Come engage with the biggest citizen activist groups in the Metro Area and hear how they working to get Progressive candidates elected at federal and especially the state level. There will be a Q&A with representatives from St Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, Indivisible North Metro, CD2 Action, and Indivisible MN03.
Turnout in the TC metro is definitely important, especially the statewide races, but the flippable suburban districts are arguably where this November will be won or lost. If you are in a solid blue district, come find out how you can help drive the vote in the purple and red districts!
Would you like to help get out the vote? Check out League of Women Voters MN and their calendar of activities here:
Young people—18-29-year-olds—have a notoriously low voter turnout rate, especially in midterm elections. Cap, Gown, Vote! a toolkit to empower young people themselves to remedy that. Let’s check it out and spread the word.
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
MN02 Congress Watch
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121

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