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Weekly Actions: August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the discriminatory actions and manipulative distractions of the Trump administration. This week, Rep. Maxine Waters gave us a new refrain for cutting through the nonsense, when she reclaimed her time from a stalling Trump Secretary.

 

Let’s follow Rep. Maxine Waters’ example and direct our energy to the important fights.

This week, we focus on immigration, under threat by the RAISE Act (under which Trump wouldn’t qualify for a Green Card). We'll also take action against the prison industrial complex. Trans folks’ basic rights are under threat – let’s step up for them.

 

 

 

For motivation, check out Mykal Kilgore’s gospel remix of Rep. Waters’ wisdom.

 

As always, our weekly actions are curated for US-Americans abroad and global citizens. If this is your first time receiving a PAGE email, please check out our website and resources for starting a PAGE group.

 

Thank you for your progressive action!

 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

 

 

Priority Actions:

 

Immigration Action 1: Oppose the RAISE Act

  • Background Info: Last week, Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) presented their anti-immigrant bill (S354), aka the RAISE ACT, with President Trump. This bill aims to cut legal immigration to the United States in half by implementing a merits-based system over family reunification, and eliminating some immigration programs. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers it part of the white nationalist agenda. Read more about the hateful, exclusionary bill here.

  • The Bill Basics: Major changes to the current immigration system under the RAISE ACT include:

    • Elimination of family reunification visas for extended family members and adult family members.

    • Elimination of the “diversity visa program” (a.k.a. “green card lottery”), which awards 50,000 visas each year.

    • Decreasing the number of refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 a year.

    • Elimination of federal benefits for new green card holders for five years after their arrival to the US.

 

Immigration Action 2: Divest from the Immigration Detention System

  • Background Info: The United States is the world’s largest incarcerator of both prisoners and immigrants. Many of the prisons and immigrant detention centers in the U.S. are owned and operated by for-profit corporations, such as Geo Group and Core Civic. This immigration detention system operates under a Congressionally-mandated quota system requiring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep detention centers filled – and profits high. Read more about  the history of U.S. immigration detention here.

  • The Current Crisis: Detained immigrants, both documented and undocumented, have suffered from human rights violations in private detention centers, including lack of access to medical care, lack of access to lawyers, no family contact, sexual abuse, physical and mental abuse, and solitary confinement. Since 2003, 265 people have died in custody of ICE and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

  • Trump’s Plan: The Trump administration is ramping up efforts to expand immigrant detention centers - and private prison companies are profiting. The Geo Group, who donated millions to Trump’s inaugural campaign, recently won a $110 million government contract to build a new detention center in Texas.

  • Take Action:

 

Bonus Action: Act FOR Trans Folks’ Basic Rights and Oppose US Militarism

  • The Basics: The Internet went crazy when Trump tweeted out the ban on trans folks serving in the military. However, many trans advocates criticized calls for protest against Trump’s action, saying that protests should focus instead on the violence, harassment, and denial of basic rights, housing, job opportunities, and healthcare faced by trans folks across the country. Furthermore concentrating on issues of “tolerance” within the US military obscures the violence - physical, economic, sexual, and psychological - this force inflicts on people around the world

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