ICYMI: This is an updated and modified post that showcases actions that must be performed when Congressional offices are open: specifically, calling your members of Congress to ask them to write legislation opposing Trump’s executive order creating the Muslim ban that caused chaos over the weekend. It is followed by a list of organizations that are helping the victims of the EO.
Call your members of Congress and ask them to introduce legislation that would overturn Trump’s Executive Order.
Here is a spreadsheet that shows you which senators have spoken to date, in favor or against. If yours is in yellow, they haven’t said anything yet. (Unclear who compiled this but it comes via a friend on Facebook.)
If your MoCs are Republican, it is extra-important that you call and ask Congress to negate the EO. Not enough Republicans have stepped up to condemn the ban. As of Sunday January 29, only five Republicans in Congress had decried it: Senators Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, and Susan Collins, of Arizona, Nebraska, and Maine, respectively; and house reps Justin Amash of Michigan and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. Republican members of Congress need to hear that their constituents do not want this.
If your MoCs went to the airports to help, call to thank them. If the helpful reps aren’t your reps, send them a thank-you postcard. New York house reps Nydia Velasquez and Jerry Nadler were at JFK. Georgia house rep John Lewis went to Atlanta International Airport. Senator Elizabeth Warren was at Boston’s Logan airport. And Senator Bob Casey left some sort of fancy event to join the protesters at Philadelphia International Airport, still wearing tie and tails.
Here is a New York Times piece on the immediate, and heartbreaking, effects of Trump’s executive order:
Here also is a Washington Post piece on the sluggish Republican response:
List of organizations that could use your donations:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP):
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC):
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC):
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):