What You Can Do Now: Local Actions to Reunite Families
Read this information from the ACLU: Fact-Checking Family Separation
The way we treat refugees seeking asylum violates international law and treaties we have signed, as discussed in this diary at Daily Kos: The Immigration Law No One is Talking About.
Actions you can take:
Attend a Rally or Prayer Vigil.
Defending the Children Rally
When: Saturday, June 23 at 1 pm
Where: Faye’s Field, near the Bettendorf Public Library, 18th and Spruce Hills Drive
Music by Laura Rodriguez. Bring signs (Where Are the Children?, etc.)
Prayer Vigil and Letter Writing Action Event
When: Saturday, June 23 at 7 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa St, Davenport
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to read/lead
Keep Families Together Rally: Madres Unidas/Mothers United
When: Saturday, June 30 at 11 am
Where: Vander Veer Park, Davenport
Register to attend here.
We are collecting new or gently used children’s shoes to use during our action.
We will then donate them. Through noon on Friday June 29 you can bring the shoes
to Metropolitan Community Church, 2930 Locust St, Davenport. Please drop off
during business hours.
Keep Families Together Rally
When: Monday, July 2 at 5 pm
Where: In front of Davenport offices of Senators Ernst and Grassley
Hosted by: Quad Cities Interfaith
We will be delivering a cage with stuffed animals to their offices, calling
on them to take a stand and release the 2,000 children in detention.
Call Congress to tell them:
- You want the kidnapped children returned to their parents.
- End the zero-tolerance policy that would lock up families indefinitely.
- Bring back the Family Case Management Program that Trump ended in June 2017 which allowed families to be placed into a program, together, that connected them with a case manager and legal orientation that ensured they understood how to apply for asylum and attend immigration court proceedings. The program had a 99.6 percent appearance rate at immigration court hearings for those enrolled in the program.
- Senator Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744
- Senator Joni Ernst (202) 224-3254
- Rep. Dave Loebsack (202) 225-6576
- Senator Tammy Duckworth (202) 224-2854
- Senator Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152
- Rep. Cheri Bustos (202) 225-5905
Alta Price, PACG Board President