millennium goals
2395 University Avenue, Suite 202, St. Paul, MN - 55114, 651-646-2854


RESPECTING OTHERS

CONGRESS: DON'T FUND THE WHITE NATIONALIST AGENDA

Approving billions more for immigration enforcement is approving white nationalism. Please contact your congressional members and urge them to reject the $4.5 billion emergency spending request. If Congress OK's this, it will lead to more cruel anti-immigrant policies and we sure don't need that. Congress can refuse to fund this and now is the time to make our voices known.

It is said that the White House has said that the requested $4.5 billion is for humanitarian aid. Officials at the border know this is NOT the case. It's a ploy to separate more families, to lock more immigrants up, and hire more troops to militarize the border.

Please take action by calling your elected officials in Washington. NO to another $4.5 billion emergency spending request.

Thank you!

ELIGIBLE NATIVE AMERICANS MUST BE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE

As you know, our 2020 presidential election is very important. Everyone who is eligible to vote must be able to do that without being held back by added rules and laws. It should not be difficult to vote! Native Americans seem to face obstacles, and we want to see that changed. Things even got worse for them when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act a few years ago.

Currently, there are no federal protections for Native Americans because the Voting Rights Act abolished the law that said that counties with a history of voter suppression had to apply for pre-clearance before passing laws to restrict voting. Counties no longer have to do this. Secondly, in 2018, states could reject absentee ballots that lacked addresses. Many Native Americans living on reservations lack physical addresses. States with voter ID laws also commonly reject tribal ID cards. Lastly, many reservations don't have easy access to polling places. Restricting polling places is a tactic used to curb voting.

State and county election officials can help with open and fair elections that are accessible to ALL eligible voters. But they must hear from us. If you call your state Senator and Representative, they will be able to find the names and numbers of election officials on Native American reservations. They can even give you numbers to call for reservations in different states than yours. It may take a few minutes to get these calls made, but it's worth it.

Please get involved and make those calls. Also, 2020 is a census year. We have to be sure that there is no gerrymandering going on that benefits one particular political party.

Thanks for your help.

 

BILLS INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND TPS RECIPIENTS

Bills have recently been introduced in both the House and the Senate to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (Dreamers) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. Please tell Congress to show their support NOW. This is no small feat since activists have been working on getting these bills up and running for some time.

In the House, the bill number is HR 6, and it's entitled "American Dream and Promise Act of 2019." It was introduced by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia Velazquez, and Yvette Clarke. Currently, it has 224 cosponsors. The bill is well-written and would protect two million people by giving them a pathway to citizenship.

There are two bills in the Senate: S. 874, entitled the "Dream Act of 2019," and "Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act." S. 874 was introduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. It's a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship and protection from deportation to millions of immigrant youth. The SECURE Act was introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, Dianne Feinstein, and Tim Kaine. It covers over 400,000 TPS holders.

Please urge your elected officials in Washington to support these bills and thank you for taking action.

 

GIVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS A RAISE

We've heard it so often. Anything less than $15 an hour just isn't enough to support families. Now it's time that we all act on what we have heard if we haven't all ready. Or even if we have!

Congressional members are getting behind a bill called "Raise the Wage Act of 2019," which would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Fast food workers, teachers, and bank employees are just some of the people that would profit from this Act. Women and people of color would profit the most! Waitresses and other tipped workers would also receive a fair wage.

Please contact your elected officials in Washington (Democrat or Republican) and tell them to support the "Raise the Wage Act of 2019".

We don't want our elected officials to allign themselves with big business. If you want more money to go to low-wage workers, please take action now. Thank you!