Working Together Online Fund Drive: Make America Progressive Again - Civil Rights Forum and Immigration
The PACG Civil Rights Forum tackles important current issues, including Immigration. We have worked in coalition with other groups in the community, including LULAC, Quad Cities Interfaith, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, the Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, and One Human Family.
This video was taken by Alta Price in Iowa City after an Immigration Justice Summit at the University of Iowa Labor Center. Maria and Margie talk about our work on DACA and other immigration issues in coalition with other groups.
You can join the PACG Civil Rights Facebook group.
What You Can Do Now: Local Actions to Reunite Families
Despite Trump’s executive order, our country is still locking up children on our southern border, hopefully without separating them from their parents. Families seeking asylum can be locked up indefinitely under this executive order. There is NO plan to reunite the kidnapped children with their parents, some of whom are in the process of being deported.
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:
Alta Price, PACG Board President
What You Can Do Now - Call on Congress to End Family Separation
A disturbing photo of a two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker.
The story in the Washington Post containing the above photo: ‘America is better than this’: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children.
Call Congress. Let them know you want the practice of family separation to end. Ask them to support bills that will help reunite children already taken from their parents and prohibit future removals. Those include the Senate's HELP Separated Children Act and Keep Families Together Act.
The American Civil Liberties Union offers a script for calling the Senate, although please feel free to use my outraged comments below if you prefer!
Ask Senators Grassley and Ernst why they are not cosponsoring legislation to keep ICE from tearing children away from their parents and locking them up in detention centers, including “tent cities”. Do they approve of this Trump Administration practice? Do they agree with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that this response to immigrant parents and children seeking asylum is justified by the “Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order”?
Ask Representative Loebsack what the House is doing to end family separation.
Thank Senators Duckworth and Durbin, who are both cosponsors of the HELP Separated Children Act and Keep Families Together Act.
Ask Representative Bustos what the House is doing to end family separation.
Alta Price, PACG Civil Rights Forum
What You Can Do Now - Help Form a Community Sanctuary Coalition
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities (UUCQC) voted May 20 to be a Sanctuary church. The story was covered in the Quad City Times and there was local television coverage, including from WQAD.
The church would house immigrants facing a final notice of deportation for as long as it takes to get their appeal heard. This keeps families together as potential deportees would not be locked up in detention centers. Very detailed information about the Sanctuary Project is available at the UUCQC website.
The PACG Civil Rights Forum calls upon PACG members and other churches and community groups to step up and help form a community Sanctuary coalition to support and expand these efforts. Attend the weekly Sanctuary Task Force meeting on Tuesdays at 6:45 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport to offer your support.
Alta Price, PACG Civil Rights Forum
Rally at Senator Grassley's Davenport Office to Keep Families Together!
Join Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) and allies at a peaceful demonstration at Grassley’s office to tell the Senator to take action to: “Keep Families Together!”
Monday, May 14th, 5:00 p.m., Senator Chuck Grassley’s Davenport office, 201 W 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa (we will rally out front of the building)
*This rally is held in solidarity with our friends at the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, at Grassley’s Cedar Rapids office, also May 14 at 5:00. Cedar Rapids is also the location of ICE’s local detention center. Please join us either in Cedar Rapids or Davenport.
Call QCI Organizer Aaron Wagner at 641-990-4594 with questions.
El tiempo por justicia es ahora (The time for justice is now)
Minority Health Conference on Saturday, April 21 at 10 am
PACG is a co-sponsor of the Minority Health Conference. Please come yourself and invite friends in the immigrant, refugee, and minority communities. Adults can register at this www.eventbrite.com link. Use the brochure above to invite people.
There is a special track for youth. Youth can register at this www.eventbrite.com link. Download the flyer below at the link above.
Unfortunately, this bill passed and went to the governor to sign.
If you live in Iowa, call your member of the Iowa State House of Representatives and ask them to vote against SF481.
This so-called “anti-sanctuary cities” bill (Iowa has NO sanctuary cities) turns local law enforcement into ICE agents. It promotes hate and bigotry and is opposed by law enforcement across the state. But Iowa Republican leaders are following Donald Trump’s lead in pushing anti-immigrant and racist legislation.
Tell your Representative that Iowans welcome immigrants, including people of color. Vote no on SF481. Call even if your Representative is a Democrat, as some Democrats have voted in favor of this bill in committee.
Find contact information for Iowa State Representatives here.
You can read more about the bill at Bleeding Heartland.
What You Can Do Now - Get Active on an Issue
Get together with other activists to make a difference on an issue. Join one of our active Issue Forums, or start your own Issue Forum. Email one of the facilitators below to get involved.
Civil Rights - DACA or Immigration - contact Margie Mejia-Caraballo
Civil Rights - Restorative Justice or Juvenile Justice Reform - contact Jane Duax
Environmental - contact Shirley Johnson
Health Care Reform - contact Frank Samuelson
Want to start your own Issue Forum? - contact Alta Price
PACG also needs people to work on the following committees:
Lobby Iowa State Legislators Against Bills Promoting Intolerance
Wednesday, February 21st, 10 am
State Capitol Building Cafeteria, Des Moines, IA (map)
The Iowa Legislature is considering three bills that would ban public school diversity programs, promote deportation of law-abiding immigrants, and encourage businesses to discriminate against LBGT people. Come to a Lobby Day organized by LULAC and supported by PACG, One Human Family, and other progressive groups to oppose these bills.
#HatefulState #NotIowaValues #NoHate
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