Earlier this week, President Trump announced his plans to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. His decision was met with rage and derision on almost every social media outlet.
While we raise awareness of the repeal that could potentially result in the deportation of nearly 800,000 people; there is still more that we can do.
1. Let’s Get Physical
No, I am not insinuating you work out more. I mean grab your poster, put on some comfortable shoes and head out to a protest near to you. Here To Stay & Resistance Calendar are two great resources for finding upcoming events in your city. New protests are being planned every day so if you have to time this is a great way to get involved.
2. Blow Up Their Phones
Protesting is not for everyone, but where there is a will there is a way. Simply pick up your phone and call your representative in congress. Their job is to represent you, so flooding them with phone calls or emails to let them know you want to see change is necessary.
The ACLU has kindly created a script that you can use for making a phone call, email, and even a letter template.
Are you a busy bee who doesn’t have the time to make a phone call? Well, Resistbot is an online tool that will find who represents you in Congress and message them for you. With it you can write congress in under 2 minutes.
If you have been blessed with some extra cash that you would love to do some good with here is a list of a few legal charities that could use your help protecting Dreamers in this battle:
“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” — ACLU founder Roger Baldwin
“The National Immigration Law Center will fight against unjust new immigration laws and policies at every turn, using the courtroom if necessary. We will not back down. We will not stop fighting for justice and dignity for all.” — National Immigration Law Center
“Immigration Equality is the Nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.”— Immigration Equality
“We aim to transform a racially biased criminal legal system that violates basic human rights and an unfair immigration system that compounds its injustice by tearing immigrants with convictions away from their families and communities.” — Immigrant Defense Project
“We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.”— United We Dream
As Wael Ghonim once said “The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.” So let’s flex our muscles, do our due diligence, and get to work because we are #HereToStay.
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