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RESPECTING OTHERS

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY--WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

CONGRESS--REJECT SEPARATING FAMILIES & INCARCERATING CHILDREN

Wednesday, September 26, is a national call-in day to cease separating families and incarcerating children. SISTERS ONLINE would like all our members and those who log on to our site to take action on that day. Currently, Congress is deciding whether to put billions of dollars into detention and immigration enforcement. They are also considering legislation that would expand family incarceration and allow for the indefinite detention of children. There are questions about human trafficking of these children as we write this. All of this is very concerning, and we must voice our concerns. September 26 is the day to do it!

Here are four ways to take action:

--Call your elected members of Congress and express your concern. Call both Senators and your Representatives and urge them to reduce funding for immigration detention, deportation, and border militarization. Enforcement alone without underlying reform is causing harm and tearing families apart. Reject family detention. Imprisoning children with their parents is not a solution to family separation. Tell them there are other options such as the Family Case Management Program.

--Share your concern on social media. What you say to your Senators/Representative can also be shared online so that your friends can also take action.

--Write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper calling on your elected officials to take positive action on this issue. Urge them to direct the administration to use community-based alternatives to detention for families.

--Join or organize local public witness and community events, eg: interfaith vigils.

Welcoming immigrants and upholding family unity are moral issues and as people of faith we will not be deterred. We will fight for what is right for our immigrant sisters and brothers.

Thanks for getting involved.

 

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) SECRETARY, ALEX AZAR--STOP ATTACKING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

We have all read the horrifying stories of children separated from their parents at the border. Perhaps, we have even worked with these children. As of September 8, 2018, 500 immigrant children are still being held. This is unacceptable and we can do something about it.

Currently, President Trump is trying to enhance his power to imprison immigrant families and lessen rules/standards for the care of immigrant children held in detention. HHS Secretary Azar is standing with Trump on this. We must contact Azar and tell him this is unacceptable.

Please tell Alex Azar not to rollback regulations for immigrant children in detention and to do everything he can to reunite these children with their parents ASAP.

Here is his contact information:

HHS Secretary Alex Azar
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201

E-mail: secretary@HHS.gov

Telephone: 202-690-7000

Toll free: 1-877-696-6775

Thanks for taking a stand.

STRIKES IN AMERICA'S PRISONS

Recently, in 17 states, there have been prison hunger strikes because of conditions in the prison, violence, and forced labor. An example of forced labor would be having prisoners work along fire lines in California and other states. Some states pay these prisoners low (13 cents an hour) wages. Other states don't pay them at all. Our 13th amendment was actually created with a loophole that legitimized slavery of inmates. Hard to believe, but it's true.

Some of the demands of the prison strikes are as follows:

--Prisons must acknowledge that inmates are human beings and treat them as such.

--End prison slavery. Prevailing wages must be paid.

--There must be proper channel to address prisoner grievances.

--End all racism, including gangs.

--Voting must be allowed. All voices count.

As we get closer to the November elections, the last demand becomes even more important. There are states that completely bar any formerly incarcerated person from voting.

Do you know how your state prisons are operated? If not, would you take the time to find out and, perhaps, work to get grievances corrected?

Thanks for getting involved.

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: RELEASE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE REPORT

You may have seen a report on national news about the Rohingya genocide. Indeed, a very sad report. Now is our chance to do something about it.

Recently, the U.N. Security Council discussed a new U.N. report that found that Myanmar's top military generals should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya in Rakhine State. This tells us that the Trump Administration must take tougher action against Myanmar under international law. This is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's area of concern. Pompeo is about to publish a State Department report into Myanmar's atrocities against the Rohingya. We must insist that the U.S. government publish the report as part of imposing tougher sanctions to end Myanmar's march toward the genocide of the Rohingya.

Here's how you can help:

1. Call Mike Pompeo at 202-647-4000. Select option 4 to speak to an operator and ask to be transferred to the Public Comment Line. Once on the Comment Line, leave the following message: I am calling to request that Secretary Pompeo publish the State Department's report on Burma's atrocities against the Rohingya. I call on the Secretary to help end this genocide of the Rohingya by announcing further and tough U.S. sanctions against Myanmar to punish the perpetrators.

2. Call the White House's comment line at 202-456-1111 with the following message: President Trump needs to announce further and tough sanctions aginst Myanmar to end the genocide of the Rohingya. I urge the publication of the State Department's report on the Myanmar army's extensive and systematic mass atrocities against the Rohingya. I call on the President to help end this genocide of the Rohingya by announcing further and tough sanctions against Myanmar to punish the perpetrators.

3. Share this posting on social media, e-mail, etc.

Thanks for getting involved.