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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. 

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Last week, we brought you the story of Jane Doe...

...a young migrant woman in Trump Administration custody who was being denied access to abortion care.

Now, the very same agency and its same Trump-appointed Director are back, imposing their symbolic grandstanding on the lives of other young people caught in the limbo of a broken immigration system that they refuse to fix. 

Last week Rosa Maria, a 10-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy, was followed by Border Patrol agents to her surgery at a hospital and subsequently jailed in a youth detention center. She is now being asked to "voluntarily deport" herself and her parents are being denied access to her. 

Similar behavior by ICE and the Department of Homeland Security is on the rise under the current administration, even though formal policies exist barring such interventions at medical care and other key facilities. 

For more on the full story, see here

Our friends at the ACLU have announced their intention to sue the government to release Rosa Maria and to enforce formal policies of hospital sanctity. 

We encourage you to make a short call to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to let the agency know that the public is watching. For more information, talking points, and a script, click here

 

Stay Determined America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: What question would you ask Jeff Sessions?

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions goes on the record before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. 

 

Senators are taking input from the public on what to ask.

 

Take this survey from our friends at the ACLU to get your questions in the mix!

 

Bonus mission: Curious about the origins of Lady Justice and her depictions in Western culture? Learn about her history as an Egyptian, Hellenic, and Roman goddess of fairness and truth. 

Stay Strong America!

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Monday's D3 Daily Action - Stop the Muslim Travel Ban 3.0

New Trump travel ban goes into effect October 18. Ask your representatives what they plan to do about it. 

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Not last time. Not this time.

Trump's team is back with a more carefully planned legal argument to achieve his promised "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” With his past efforts cast aside by the courts, many civil rights and immigration watchers believe that Trump is returning better prepared -- and that this will be the biggest battle yet. 

What's different about this ban, how has Trump's strategy changed, and how will his past comments shape the battle in court? For more information, see Bloomberg and the ACLU

While many groups are pushing back and filing actions in court, including the ACLU and State of Hawai'i, citizens committed to protecting our civil rights and equality under the law can make a difference too -- by asking our representatives to declare whether they support Trump's feckless racial scapegoating or will take a stand for civil rights. 

This Monday, take a few minutes to call your representatives in Congress and the Senate and ask them what they plan to do to uphold our civil rights and oppose these divisive and hurtful policies. 

Sample language

Dear Representative Tipton / Senator Gardner, I am deeply concerned about the president’s new travel ban that adds a form with religion-specific questions to our already thorough immigrant screening process. I support our constitutional rights and oppose any attempt to discriminate against anyone -- including immigrants -- based on race and religion. Please contact me with details about what you are doing to protect our civil rights and equality under the law."

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stand Strong America!

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

Under Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education (DOE), campus sexual assault survivors are on their own.  Just last week DeVos met with misogynistic "men’s rights groups" and rape deniers about weakening Title IX protections.

Additionally, Candice Jackson, the acting head of the DOE's Office for Civil Rights, told reporters from the New York Times that “90 percent of sexual assault accusations fall into the category of, 'We were both drunk’, ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

This is not the first time Jackson has made such appalling statements. She is a long-time anti-feminist activist who has almost no experience with civil rights law. She once claimed she faced discrimination because she was white.  She has made many victim-blaming statements over the years and has shown a deeply troubling skepticism of women who report sexual violence.

Three things you can do:  

1)  Email the Department of Education & Demand that Betsy DeVos fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

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Question (please include additional language if you are compelled to do so):
Will the Department of Education stand with survivors of campus sexual assault? Candice Jackson’s statement about sexual violence survivors perpetuates victim blaming and rape culture. The Department of Education must immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence by preserving and enforcing Title IX.

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2)  Click here to sign the petition

3)  If you're in Denver, join the protest TODAY and let DeVos know how you feel in person.  Betsy DeVos and her pro-corporate, anti-student agenda is bad for our country and our state.  "Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union, the Colorado Education Association, plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver...reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting." - Education Week

PROTEST DETAILS:
1500 Grant St, Denver, Colorado 80203
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We cannot remain silent while DeVos undermines policies that protect students from discrimination and violence, empowers rape deniers and appoints anti-feminist activists to positions of power in her department. We must raise a massive public outcry to demand that DeVos do her job, immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from hate.

One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. According to a recent Title IX DOE report, there are 344 open sexual violence investigations at 242 postsecondary schools on the books right now. Title IX will only protect students from hate and violence if the DOE makes sure that schools enforce it.

DeVos has the power to control the enforcement of Title IX provisions to combat sexual violence on campuses, but she will only stand up for survivors if there is massive public pressure on her to do so.

Colorado educators plan protest against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - The Denver Post

Senator Wants Education Official Fired After 'Egregious' Campus Sexual Assault Remark - Time

Betsy DeVos needs to fire her top civil rights deputy after sexual assault comments, Sen. Patty Murray says – LA Times

Betsy DeVos’ Civil Rights Chief Said “90 Percent” of Campus Rape Claims Are Bogus. The Backlash Was Swift. – Mother Jones

With thanks to CREDO Action.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose the ban against Muslims, despite SCOTUS ruling (hat tip).

Write: Your 3 MoCs at a local office

Script: I’m a constituent from [ZIP], concerned about discrimination against Muslims immigrating to the US and the SCOTUS ruling. I am asking you for two things: 1. To extend the definition of family to include grandparents, fiancé/es, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. 2. To pass stronger anti-discrimination and sanctuary resolutions so that liberty and welcome may prevail. Name, address

Bonus: Read this infographic.

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

END THE ASSAULT ON CIVIL RIGHTS

Today’s Daily Action is to call your Senator  and tell them to end the Trump administration’s assault on civil rights in government agencies by calling hearings and holding agency heads accountable.

Even as he renews calls for a Travel Ban and harsher crackdowns on sanctuary cities, Trump and his goons are also trying to dismantle civil rights enforcement in the government itself. Whether it’s the environment, education, or LG...BTQ issues, the assault on civil rights from within federal bureaucracies is going largely unnoticed.

Tell your Senator to use the Senate’s oversight duty to challenge these agencies and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-plans-to-minimize-civil-rights-efforts-in-agencies/2017/05/29/922fc1b2-39a7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?utm_term=.bb07407d5012

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