As August Ends -- Recommended Reads from SPLC, AFSC, Indivisible...



Here are this week's resources to help you stay informed and support your activism.

Trump wants to detain children and families indefinitely: Here's what you need to know about this harmful new rule. Read testimonies from AFSC and other faith organizations that have denounced the decision.

How the Trump administration is making it harder for asylum seekers: People fleeing violence or danger in their home countries should be welcomed with compassion – not confronted by overwhelming obstacles to seeking refuge, writes AFSC's Peniel Ibe.
Tips for talking about immigration in classrooms (or anywhere): By talking about immigration in positive ways, educators can disrupt xenophobic messages and make classrooms more welcoming.
What do you do when you witness racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, or other forms of harassment in public?: Check out our Do’s and Don’ts for bystander intervention to learn more.



 Your 6 weekly to-dos 

  1. Get ready for the September funding fight by texting Defund Hate to 977-79. We’ll send you the latest updates on our plan for the Week of Action, and we’ll let you know when events are registered near you.

  2. Call your member of Congress right now at 1-844-909-0232 to tell them you demand that they cut funding for ICE and CBP in this September’s funding bill. We’ll give you a script and connect you directly with your representative’s office.

  3. Get up-to-speed using our Defund Hate toolkit with guidance on planning an August recess event (great practice for the September Week of Action!) or laying the groundwork for your local September day of action. We’ve even got a leave-behind you can print and use to guide your conversations with your Members of Congress and their staff.

  4. This August, demand your representative publicly support a formal impeachment inquiry in the House. Impeachment August is well underway! The ask is simple: find a town hall or register your own district office visit and demand that your representative in the House support a formal impeachment inquiry. A majority of House Democrats support an inquiry, but we need as many on board as possible to ensure that we learn the truth about Trump’s abuses of power and corruption.

  5. Use this script to call your senators now to say their thoughts and prayers are not enough. In the weeks since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, three more plots to commit acts of mass murder have been foiled.This is a crisis: every senator should publicly demand Mitch McConnell call an emergency session to debate and vote on gun violence prevention legislation AND cosponsor S. 42, which would close loopholes and implement universal background checks for gun purchases. Read more in our updated resource here.

  6. Register for the September monthly activist call. Join us for our next activist call on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm Eastern Time / 5pm Pacific Time, to get the latest updates on Defund Hate, the 2020 race and more!

Susan Meltsner