Rogan’s List for August 2, 2023

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August 2, 2023

Another Trump indictment, abusive ICE prisons, raising the federal minimum wage, and more!

Contact all members of Congress:

Contact White House or other federal agencies:

    While candidate Joe Biden vowed to end for-profit detention centers, President Biden has done little on this issue. These detention centers, or concentration camps, are notorious for maintaining abusive, inhumane conditions, while generating profit for private prison companies like Geo Group and CoreCivic. Let’s contact newly-appointed Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) PJ Lechleitner and tell him to end contracts with the private prison industry. Let’s also join the ACLU in asking him to “order a new, comprehensive review of ICE detention facilities for health, safety and due process issues — and swiftly act to close abusive facilities.” We can address our letters to: Hon. PJ Lechleitner Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, Washington D.C., 20536. 

    The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009, and stands at a measly $7.25 an hour. Meanwhile, a living wage for a family of four in the United States—the amount needed for basic needs of food, shelter, and medical care—is more than $25.00 an hour (2022 numbers). The Raise the Wage Act of 2023introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) would raise the federal minimum wage to $17/hour by 2028 (not perfect, but better). It would also extend the minimum wage to tipped workers and others who now receive subminimum wages. The country’s lowest-paid workers would benefit by more than $3,000 a year. Let’s tell our U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S.2488 and our U.S. Representative to co-sponsor H.R.4889.

    HuffPost senior journalist Alanna Vagianos shared the following helpful information on social media while covering a discussion being hosted by Congressional Democrats: “If you or anyone you know needs assistance self-managing a miscarriage or abortion, you can call Miscarriage + Abortion Hotline (833) 246-2632 for confidential medical support or the Repro Legal Helpline 844-868-2812 for confidential legal information and advice.” Let’s share this information widely.

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