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SAY "NO" TO THE SECRETARY OF LABOR'S TRAFFICKING DEAL

News recently broke that Trump's Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, set up a deal for a multimillionaire sexual predator who abused dozens of teenage girls to serve almost no jail time. This is a disgrace and must be addressed!

Jeff Epstein sexually abused and trafficked at least 80 girls as young as 14 years old. As U.S. Attorney in Miami in 2008, Acosta arranged a plea deal for a mere 13-month sentence, ignored most of Epstein's crimes, and stopped an FBI probe from helping more survivors and possibly finding more powerful people involved in Epstein's trafficking ring.

Now, as Secretary of Labor, Acosta is in charge of protecting workers across the country and stopping human trafficking. With a past like this he cannot be trusted to uphold our laws. He needs to be fired. ASAP.

Congress has the power to hold public hearings and remove Acosta, but they will likely only act if this story generates enough outrage in the media and in each Representative's home district. Will you sign the petition demanding Congress impeach Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta now?

To do so, click on the following link:

Impeach Secretary Acosta

Thanks for taking action!

 

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MATTIS: NO FORCE AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER

Some refugees have arrived at our southern border and, as many of our readers may have heard, they were greeted with tear gas. How can we as Americans let this happen? President Trump has said the gas is safe. Really? Safe for mothers and children in diapers?

SISTERS ONLINE believes that these refugees are coming to exercise their right under U.S. law to petition for asylum. Yet we are going to turn them away. Furthermore, we're paying troops to be at our southern border. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has the authority to order troops to use lethal force, but he has not done so. It is strictly President Trump and it may be unconstitutional. We must tell Mattis to put a check on Trump.

Please write or call Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and tell him not to use force at the border. That is NOT the America we want to portray to the world.

Write or phone Defense Secretary James Mattis at:

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

703-571-3343

We must evaluate their asylum claims. Militarizing the borders will do nothing to keep our country safe. It will only terrorize vulnerable migrant families.

Thank you for your action.

 

MIRACLE HILL MINISTRIES--NOT JUST FOR PROTESTANTS

Miracle Hills Ministries, a foster care agency in South Carolina, wants to be a service for Protestants only. The problem is that they get federal funding so they can't do that! Or so we think!

The state of South Carolina has told them they are in danger of losing their funding, but Miracle Hills is claiming that under a "religious freedom" law they are free to discriminate against Catholics, Muslims, and Jews. The Trump administration is weighing the request.

Health and Human Services (HHS) must hear that this is unacceptable. Please tell HHS not to allow religious discrimination by foster care agencies.

Here is the contact information you need:

Secretary Alex Azar
Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

E-mail: secretary@HHS.gov

202-690-7000

Toll free number: 1-877-696-6775

Thanks for taking action.


KEEP THE FLORES SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Close to 13,000 children woke up in immigration detention this morning in our country. SISTERS ONLINE abhors this statistic, but we have a chance to do something about it. We have a chance until November 6 to speak out against ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA).

This agreement sets standards regarding the care and release of immigrant children in custody. Provisions in the agreement include that children must be held in the "least restrictive" environment possible and that children should not be held for longer than 20 days. The Trump Administration wants to overturn this.

Doing so would result in indefinite detention of children and we know that detention has very negative effects on them. Ending the Flores Settlement would also eliminate requirements for facilities where children are held. It removes licensing and inspecting of facilities by anyone other than ICE.

Here are some talking points that you can modify to customize the comment you wish to submit:

--The proposed rule is inconsistent with my values of welcoming immigrants, promoting family unity, and protecting the vulnerable.

--Please maintain existing protections for unaccompanied and accompanied immigrant children in federal government custody.

--The proposed rule fails to adequately implement the Flores Agreement and will lead to increased family detention.

--Holding children and families in detention has proven to have long-term negative consequences on their health and wellbeing.

--Even short periods of family detention can lead to psychological trauma and lasting mental health risks.

--Expanding family detention will not deter families from seeking safety and security in the U.S. Such a policy will not cure the pervasive root causes of migration existing in Central America.

--Alternatives to detention offer more humane, proven, and cost-effective solutions.

--The terms of the FSA require state licensing of family detention facilities; state licensing offers more rigorous standards for the protection of children than the proposed federal scheme and should remain in place.

--I am concerned not only with the proposed licensing scheme, but also with other changes to the FSA proposed by the rule, such as the greatly expanded "emergency" exception, which would allow the Dept. of Homeland Security to excuse noncompliance with various protections set forth in the FSA.

--The government entered the FSA voluntarily, and the Dept. of Homeland Security should not be able to single handedly alter the terms via rulemaking.

Please click on the following link and take action. Comments are being taken until November 6. Please say that you strongly oppose ending the Flores Settlement Agreement by our federal government.

https://www.fwd.us/action/stop-family-detention-comment/

BETSY DEVOS WANTS TO ARM TEACHERS

Seriously . . . Betsy DeVos wants more guns in schools. DeVos wants to use Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants (that should be used for special needs students, new technology, and assisting underperforming students and schools) fo purchase guns so that teachers can arm themselves in their classrooms. If you disagree, now is the time to contact her and tell her why! . . . and YES even if you have contacted her before on this issue.

How much money is she getting from gun lobby and the NRA? Many people don't know the answer. In any case, we don't want to turn our schools into some big markets for guns. Use the grants for the intended uses.

Information for Betsy DeVos:

Secretary Betsy Devos
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

1-800-872-5327