Calls to Action: Week of Sept. 11

Tuesday, Sept. 12th (From Indivisible Austin)

All Day. Stand Up for immigrants: tell your MoC to vote no on H.R. 3697.

With the whole country’s eyes on the futures of DACA recipients, Trump’s friends in Congress have been working to move along other parts of their anti-immigrant agenda. The House is expected to vote this Tuesday on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill would allow Trump’s deportation machine to label wider categories of immigrants as “gang members,” including those fleeing gang violence. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. Call Bill Flores (512-373-3378) and tell him to VOTE “NO!”

Sample Script courtesy of “5calls.org”

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to express my strong opposition to H.R.3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” which would label many non-violent undocumented immigrants as gang members and give the Department of Homeland Security the power to deport them without challenge. Rep. Bill Flores must vote NO on this undemocratic and immoral bill.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

You can also urge our representatives to vote for bills to protect DACA kids.  Call U.S. Rep. Flores (979) 703-4037 and ask him to act on his previous statements in support of a path to citizenship for DREAMers and vote to pass HR 3591, the American Hope Act or similar bi-partisan legislation that will protect the more than 800,000 DREAMers affected and create a path to citizenship. Call U.S. Senators Cornyn (202-224-2934) and Cruz (202) 224-5922 and ask them to pas S 1615, the DREAM Act or similar bi-partisan legislation.

For those interested in staying informed and finding out more about how to help our local immigrant community in BCS, you can sign up for BIIN’s newsletter. Follow the link to BIIN’s website and enter your email in the banner at the bottom of the site: http://brazosimmigration.com/.

Wednesday Sept. 13th (Courtesy of “5calls.org”)

SPEAK UP TO MAINTAIN ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE IX SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTECTIONS

In a shameless speech at George Mason University on September 7th, Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she will change how the Department of Education enforces Title IX (“9”) federal guidelines with respect to campus sexual assault. The 2011 guidelines, outlined in a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), defines schools’ responsibilities in building a safe and responsive campus, clarifies the requirement that schools must independently investigate reports of sexual violence between students (regardless of the existence of a criminal investigation), and defines “preponderance of the evidence” as the burden of proof necessary when adjudicating sexual assault cases on campus. Calling this “overreach” and “weaponizing” by the federal government, DeVos will now roll back these vital protections.

Since 2011, many universities have overhauled their programs for reporting and investigating sexual assault, educating campuses on sex discrimination and providing support for victims of sexual violence. A rushed roll-back of these rules by the administration sends a terrible message to students and administrators and would undermine the protections universities, students and activists have worked so hard to implement. Earlier in the summer, twenty state Attorneys General wrote to Secretary DeVos to strongly oppose any roll-back of the Title IX protections and express concerns about the continuing role of Assistant Secretary Jackson.

Call the US Department of Education to insist that the 2011 guidelines should remain unchanged. It is still a matter of decency that institutions of higher education continue to prioritize and address campus sexual assault.

Call the Department of Education:

800-872-5327

Why you’re calling this office:

This organization is driving legislation related to the issue.

Sample script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned constituent from [CITY, STATE].

I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX (Title 9) protections for survivors of campus sexual assault as guided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. This is a serious and troubling epidemic, and it is vital that schools maintain strong policy guidelines to protect its vulnerable students.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Sunday, Sept 17th 
 
Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert
 
Doors open at 7pm, shows at 8pm
Stafford Theater, downtown Bryan
 

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert features four Bryan/College Station bands whose members all have ties to the greater Houston community recently devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  Performers include The Ex-Optimists, Mutant Love, Electric Astronaut, and LUCA.
A minimum $5 donation is requested at the door to attend, but concert goers may donate more to the fund if they so desire.
Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Community Foundation.