Action Steps 9/6/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/6/17

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

Support Dreamers

While the president and his administration announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will expire in six months, there’s still plenty you can do to support affected dreamers (the 800,000 immigrants currently on student or work permits through the DACA program) while legislators work to pass a law protecting their status in the United States. Take a look at this resource from the organization Here to Stay and share publicly the ways that current dreamers can legally continue their education and work. Make sure that every dreamer in your community knows their rights and that you stand alongside them.

Raise Awareness

Did you know that the current administration has slashed the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act by 90%? That’s right—since he couldn’t see the ACA repealed through the legislative process, the president is now trying to make the healthcare program look like a failure by keeping Americans who rely on the ACA from knowing when it’s time to enroll in the program. Don’t allow the president’s disgraceful tactics to succeed; make sure every American who counts on the ACA knows they can enroll in the program this fall between November 1 and December 15. Share enrollment dates and info on Twitter and Facebook, and consider making flyers to post in publicly visible spaces so that any neighbor needing the information can find it.

Demonstrate Character

On Wednesday, September 13, over 100,000 groups across the world will participate in Character Day, a global endeavor to engage in discussions about what it means to be a person of character. In these starkly partisan times, when much of the news feels mired in fear, spite, and antagonism, we can all benefit from taking some time to talk to one another about what it means to be the type of people we want to be. Check out resources for the fourth annual Character Day from Let It Ripple.

Be Prepared

Despite the majority of news coverage focused on Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, and DACA in recent days, resistance groups haven’t forgotten about the antagonism the president has shown toward Robert Mueller and the investigation he’s leading looking at possible Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 election. These groups are taking rumors that the president might fire Mueller as potential fact, and they’re preparing a massive response. Look for local groups who will be demonstrating in the event Mueller is fired by the president for doing his job.

Islamophobia remains a significant issue in our country, and Chicagoland is no exception. Be prepared to put your values of welcoming everyone into practice by exploring ways you can be an ally to Muslim women, who face verbal and physically harassment on a regular basis. Watch this short video with six tips for being an ally to Muslim women.