(Note: The following information was provided by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious):
This week’s action for the first 100 days is here.
This week’s action: Learn more about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and how they are working to oppose discrimination and protect our civil rights.
(Note: The following information was provided by Sister Marilyn Kofler, from Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service):
Given the Executive Order’s massive impact on the refugee program, it is more important than ever for our national and local policy makers to know that their constituents support refugee resettlement.
Between February 16-26, all United States Senators and Representatives will be in their home states and districts, making those dates perfect times for those who support refugees to meet with them.
Please see the Refugee Council of the United States of America (RCUSA) Congressional Visit Toolkit for sample letters and a step-by-step guide to setting up these meetings. It is helpful to put in request letters or emails NOW for meetings that you would like to take place during the week of February 16-26. Please be in touch with Jen Smyers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Meredith Owen (email@example.com) if you need any help setting up these meetings. Also, please be in touch with Jennifer Quigley (QuigleyJ@humanrightsright.org) if you would like a veteran to join your meeting.
The next major in-district time will be April 7-24, which is around Passover and Easter, so it is important that we take advantage of this February in-district time. We encourage you to meet with refugee leaders, staff, volunteers, donors, faith leaders, immigrant rights groups, and other supporters and allies to plan for these meetings so that you can show the breadth and depth of support for refugee resettlement. We also encourage you to work with these allies to set up similar meetings with your state legislators and local officials, as it will be very important for these local policy makers to be lifting up their support for refugee resettlement.
And in the meantime, we encourage everyone to call their national and local policy makers using this action alert, organize vigils, and solidarity events with Muslim communities, and continue to tweet @realDonaldTrump and @WhiteHouse and get in touch with the White House here or on Facebook. Also, please reach out to your partners in the business, health, educator, law enforcement, and faith community to urge them to sign onto these letters:
- Pro-Refugee Business Letter,
- Pro-Refugee Educator Letter,
- Pro-Refugee Law Enforcement Letter,
- Pro-Refugee Health Sector Letter, and
- The Faith Leader Letter.
Additional links for current information on immigration action
Catholic Legal Immigration Network: Know Your Rights: A Collection of Resources,