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- BETTER PROTECTION FOR GUEST WORKERS ON AMERICAN FARMS
In September, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed new regulations for the H-2A guest worker program that would reduce abuse, exploitation and trafficking of farm workers. Transparency and accountability in the H-2A program will in turn improve the wages and working conditions of all U.S. workers. The Department of Labor is seeking public comment on these new regulations through November 14th. Let’s make our voices heard in support of decent working conditions for our farmworkers, either directly through the Federal Register or with this tool from United Farm Workers.
- REPUBLICANS WANT TO SEND THESE FOLKS BACK TO PRISON
More than 13,000 people convicted of non-violent, low-level federal crimes were released from prison to home confinement during the pandemic under the CARES Act. Only 521 were re-arrested and returned to prison for violations or new crimes. The program successfully helped keep folks safe from COVID-19 without endangering public safety, and the Biden Department of Justice issued a ruling allowing those impacted to remain in home confinement for the rest of their sentence as long as they’re compliant with conditions of supervision. Now, after three years, conservatives led by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are pushing for them to be sent back to prison with S.J. Res 47, which would overturn that DoJ decision. Let’s contact our senators and members of Congress, either directly or with this tool from the Sentencing Project, and tell them to let these folks stay home. We can also sign and share this petition from Dream.org pushing President Biden to veto this resolution.
- USING ONE’S PLATFORM FOR GOODWe all saw the results of Taylor Swift’s encouragement to her followers on Instagram to register to vote at Vote.org on Sept. 22, Voter Registration Day. “Vote.org reported a 1,226% jump in participation in the hour after the post.” The site registered more than 35,000 registrations that day. Let’s ask our favorite social media influencers or artists or scientists, etc. to tag onto Swift’s efforts and ask their followers to register to vote. It’s easy at Vote.org.
- LEARN WAYS TO FIGHT DIGITAL HATEAs digital hare is in the rise, there are things we can do to counter it. Center for Countering Digital Hate has ideas about what we can to in response to online attacks against targeted groups like Muslims, Jews and LBGTQ+ people. We can click here to find more ways to do our part to stand against digital hate.
- SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL PARKSStarting to do holiday shopping or need a special gift for a nature lover? Every purchase at the America’s National Parks online store 100% supports education and preservation efforts at our national parks. We can find gifts for all ages! Let’s shop now here!
- OR – SUPPORT STRIKING WORKERS
The teachers union in Portland is on strike, joining a wave of workers across the country standing up and demanding more from their employers. They’re among several job actions going on right now in Oregon, with health care workers, county workers, and operating engineers out, and they’re asking for our support. The Oregon AFL-CIO is suggesting allies visit picket lines – we can walk with workers, bring food and water, and connect with strike captains about more ways to support their efforts. Let’s find a line near us to join here.
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