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February 12, 2018

Here are this week’s 5 Actions!

1. Add your name to condemn John Kelly’s heartless comments against Dreamers
2. Pledge your support to keep CA students in school by ending defiance/disruption suspensions
3. Send a message to Members of Congress to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act
4. Demand that Members of Congress fight for a Clean Dream Act
5. Tell Congress to Support Working Families

Stand with Dreamers

This action comes from the National Immigration Law Center:

We condemn John Kelly’s heartless comments against Dreamers. After revealing that President Trump is unlikely to extend DACA past the upcoming March 5th deadline, White House chief of staff John Kelly went on to insult Dreamers, claiming that those who did not apply for DACA status were either “too afraid” or “too lazy to get off their asses.” This rhetoric caters to a white nationalist agenda, placing an ugly stereotype on hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in fear for their lives thanks to Trump’s decision to revoke their protections last September. We’ve had enough of this administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and agenda, and we condemn John Kelly’s heartless comments against Dreamers. Add your name if you stand with us.

1. Click here to add your name to condemn John Kelly’s heartless comments against Dreamers.

Support Keeping Kids in School by Ending Defiance/Disruption Suspensions

This action comes from the Anti-Defamation League:
California’s elementary and secondary schools face both a discipline and achievement gap. Students of color and students with disabilities are routinely disciplined at higher rates than their white, non-disabled counterparts. In some districts, 80% of school suspensions were shouldered by minorities; disabled students, just 11% of California’s elementary school population, comprised roughly 28% of suspensions. Under the current statutory regime, a student can be disciplined for any act that qualifies as “willful defiance,” a vague and undefined term that can be interpreted to encompass innocent acts such as failing to turn in one’s homework, not paying attention in class, refusing to follow directions, or swearing in class – and even for just one isolated incident.

In 2013, California passed AB 420 to address this issue. AB 420 prohibited the use of disruption/defiance as grounds for K-3 suspensions and K-12 expulsions. As a result, California has been a national leader in addressing the overuse of suspensions with the state’s efforts resulting in a 46% reduction in suspensions. There has also been a steady increase in 3rd grade test scores since AB 420 was implemented to protect K-3 learning time. However, on July 1, 2018, AB 420’s reforms will sunset.

That is why ADL is co-sponsoring SB 607 which aims to expand the ending of defiance/disruption suspensions to all California public schools, grades K-12.

2. Click here to please pledge your support and share the postcard in the link to support students across the state as we urge CA Governor Brown to SIGN #SB607 and #KeepUsInSchool!

Protect the Americans with Disabilities Act

This action comes from NCJW, Inc.:

In January 2017, Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620). The bill would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by making it more difficult for people with disabilities to seek relief when denied access to public accommodations. This bill is likely to be voted on by the full House of Representatives in February.

3.  Click here to send a message to your legislators to protect the ADA.

Demand a Clean Dream Act

This action comes from Indivisible:

We must continue to demand that our Members of Congress only pass a clean Dream Act, meaning a bill that provides relief for Dreamers but that does not expand Trump’s mass deportation force. Don’t let your Members sell out immigrants in a bad immigration deal.

4. Use the script below to call your Members of Congress to demand that they fight for a clean Dream Act. Click here to find your Members of Congress and their contact information.

Here’s a sample call script you can use:

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I live in [part of state]. I’m calling to tell [MoC] that we need to pass a clean Dream Act, now. 122 Dreamers have been losing their DACA protections every day since Trump announced the end of the program back in September, and starting on March 5 that number will rise to over 1,200 a day. Dreamers are every bit as American as you and me, and by failing to act Congress is letting Trump and his deportation force enact the administration’s white supremacist agenda.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. The [House / Senate] will be voting on immigration legislation soon that will include provisions to protect Dreamers, as well as measures to enhance our border security.
Caller: Dreamers are not a bargaining chip to be used to advance Trump’s racist policies. Every Congressional leader AND Trump himself supports keeping Dreamers in America because it’s the only home they’ve ever known; Congress must keep the promise that we made to Dreamers when DACA was first started. I ask that [MoC] vote to permanently protect them from deportation and oppose the family ban, more ICE agents, and the border wall.
Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to [MoC].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [MoC] decides to do.

Support Working Families

This action comes from National Women’s Law Center:

NCJW was there when the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law 25 years ago tomorrow. We fought long and hard to ensure that workers are guaranteed up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for themselves or a close family member without losing their job. Today, FMLA has been used more than 200 million times.

But as proud as we are that we helped push the law through, it’s not enough. Working families needed more then and 25 years later, they still need more.

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would provide every worker with 12 weeks of partial paid leave to care for themselves or their loved ones. The United States needs an affordable, comprehensive paid leave program now– before the FMLA celebrates another birthday.

5. Click here to tell Congress to pass the FAMILY Act.

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