Keeping coronavirus safety in mind, we’re moving our General Meeting online- tonight, Monday March 30th at 7-8:30pm, we invite everyone to join the General Meeting using Zoom.
For our State action this week, we’re calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to use his executive authority to release ICE detainees who are held in conditions where they are at extreme risk of contracting coronavirus. And we invite you to attend a COVID-safe car rally in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 31st.
For our Federal action this week, we’re asking our members of Congress to ensure safe, secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic by building alternatives to in-person voting so that the coronavirus outbreak doesn’t put the November election at risk. We’re asking for vote-by-mail system improvements and access to be included in the next coronavirus relief bill.
Scroll down for sample call scripts, for info about the rally, and for details on how to join the General Meeting. And please take care!
We are moving our general meeting online and will meet via the app Zoom. If Zoom is new to you, please reach out to us and we will be happy to help you figure it out.
Download Zoom at https://zoom.us/download or install the app on your smartphone.
Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/7207200720 or join with the Meeting ID 720-720-0720.
Actions this week:
1) Demand Governor Newsom use his executive authority to release ICE detainees during the pandemic
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/part of California]. I’m outraged that during this pandemic, people in ICE detention are held in conditions where they are vulnerable to COVID-19. It’s inhumane to confine people in these facilities where they have no way to avoid being exposed to coronavirus. I’m asking Governor Newsom to use his executive authority to ban the use of private detention centers, and to order state prisons to stop handing inmates over to ICE after they’ve served their sentences.
And attend the “Honk for Justice” COVID-safe car rally!
Tuesday, March 31, 11:45am – 1:00pm
See the Facebook link for details and contact info: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/honk-for-justice-covid-safe-ca/638391440274026/
Join Never Again Sacramento, Jewish Action NorCal, and a wide coalition of Immigration Justice Allies as we demand ICE, Governor Newsom, and Sacramento County and Valley and beyond officials:
- Free All people detained by ICE
- Prioritize early release to reduce overcrowding in jails
- Reduce arrests and booking
EMERGENCY: There are 52,000 undocumented immigrants in detention right now across the country.
52,000 people trapped in deadly close quarters without access to medical care.
52,000 people in the exact conditions that allow COVID-19 to spread.
Right now in California, well over 6,000 immigrants are being held in ICE detention centers without adequate health and sanitation measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with a broad coalition of groups in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we are calling on Governor Newsom to use his emergency powers, and ICE, to release all immigrants from these detention centers before COVID-19 turns them into death camps.
This is a COVID-safe, car-only rally! We will be driving past the ICE office, Capitol Building, and GEO Group Office to call on public officials to protect immigrants from this virus, for their own safety and for public health.
2) Demand our representatives ensure safe, secure elections during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Sen. Feinstein: 415-393-0707 (SF) 202-224-3841 (D.C) (email)
- Sen. Harris: 916-448-2787 (Sacramento) 202-224-3553 (D.C.) (email)
- Rep. Garamendi (530) 753-5301 (Davis) (202)-225-1880 (D.C.) (email)
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY or zip code]. I’m very concerned about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect the functioning of our democratic processes, particularly in-person voting. States need more robust vote-by-mail systems, including offering mail-in ballots to any voter that requests one, extending vote-by-mail deadlines, and increasing drop-off locations for ballots.
Will [Representative Garamendi /Senator Harris/Senator Feinstein] fight to include the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act in the next coronavirus relief package to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail? We must as a country act now to support states in building alternatives to in-person voting so that the COVID-19 outbreak does not put the November presidential election at risk.
From Indivisible.org – more here: https://indivisible.org/resource/ensuring-safe-secure-elections-during-covid-19-outbreak
We know that the coronavirus is scary, and we’re all making sacrifices to minimize any further spread of the virus. We have seen some states make the very difficult decision to postpone primary elections in an effort to reduce community spread of coronavirus. But we can’t let this public health crisis impede the functioning of our democratic processes. That’s why we’re recommending states start now to build alternatives to in-person voting so that nothing will put the administration of the November presidential election at risk.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden have introduced a bill to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail for this November’s election. Call your Reps to demand they fight to include the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act in the next coronavirus relief package.
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