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Tell Congress: Reject Trump’s Attack on Federal Workers!

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President Trump has just ordered a pay freeze for federal workers to start in January.

Private sector worker wages and salaries are rising –  2.9% in the second quarter above the previous year. On the other hand federal employees are earning nearly 5 percent less today than they did at the start of the decade.

Congress can undo this freeze if it enacts the Senate version of the Financial Services appropriations bill, which includes a 1.9 percent salary increase. The House, however, did not include any increase in its version, and would have reduced federal worker pay by requiring them to pay more towards their retirement funds. If the differences cannot be resolved, President Trump’s freeze order will stand.

Tell Congress to stand up for federal employees.

Read more about this issue at CHN’s Voices for Human Needs blog.


 

The Trump Administration Continues its Relentless Attack on Immigrant Families.

Resources:

What’s Happening to Families with Children Who Cross the Border?

The Trump Administration’s Separation of Families at the Border, Explained (Vox.com)
CLASP fact sheet: Baby jails are not child care
Youngest Migrants Held in ‘Tender Age’ Shelters (The Associated Press)
Family Separation: Myth vs. Fact (Kids In Need of Defense)
Locking Up Family Values, Again (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Women’s Refugee Commission)
Immigrant Children Forcibly Injected with Drugs at Texas Shelter, Lawsuit Claims (Texas Tribune)
Trump Hasn’t Actually Ended Family Separation. Here’s How One Border Town Is Fighting Back (TalkPoverty.org)

Taking Children Away from Immigrant Parents Harms Them

Trump’s Family Incarceration Policy Threatens Healthy Child Development (Center for American Progress)
Detention of Immigrant Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Catholic Charities USA Letter Against Family Separation
Administration’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Harmful to Children (Joint Statement by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and 13 other national organizations)

Creating Detention Centers for Families with Children is Not the Answer

Incarcerating Entire Families Cannot Be the Solution to the Separation of Children (Center for American Progress)
Trump Executive Order Makes Border Crisis Worse: Jailing Families Is Not the Solution (National Immigration Law Center)

There Are Better Alternatives

The Real Alternatives to Detention (National Immigrant Justice Center, plus allies)
ICE Shuts Down Program for Asylum-Seekers (The Atlantic)

Tools for Fighting Back

Fight for Families Toolkit (Families Belong Together)
Talking points on Family Separation in the Ryan Bill (The Immigration Hub)
Sample Tweets from #FamiliesBelongTogether
Five Ways to Take Action Against Family Detention (American Friends Service Committee)   


New Video: “Defend SNAP.”

Faith in Public Life Action has released a new video in defense of SNAP. Click here to watch the video and see what you can do to help defeat this bill.


Congress is voting on a bill that would leave more people hungry. Here is how to get it in the headlines:

RESULTS has developed a media toolkit to make fighting to protect SNAP easier. Go here to learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill, download letter to the editor templates, and learn more about how to make your outreach to Congress effective.


Call your senators and representative now. Ask them to pass the Dream Act.

The recent government shutdown ended with an agreement that the Senate will take up legislation to protect the Dreamers – people who have been in our country since they were children and know no other.

But getting decent protections to the finish line is highly uncertain. To get there, your senators and representative still need to hear from you. And time is running short. The agreement keeping the government open only lasts till Feb. 8 – that’s only 15 days from now. Although polls show 80 percent of the public support protecting the Dreamers, Congress measures the importance to voters by the calls they get.

Please call 1-855-764-1010 now to be connected with your senators and representative. (And a shout-out to our friends at the National Education Association for making this call-in number available!)

Congress cannot wait until the last minute – they must act now to defend hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who otherwise risk deportation. Every day that passes, more and more Dreamers lose their protected status – and with it, their jobs, their livelihoods, maybe even their homes are all at risk.

Please act now. Call 1-855-764-1010 and demand that Congress protect the Dreamers.


Over 1,500 groups signed a letter demanding that Congress pass a budget that invests in all.

View the letter and see the signers. It’s not too late for your organization to sign the letter

Members of Congress are considering carrying out Trumpean budget cuts – slashing programs our communities rely on, including food aid through SNAP, rental assistance, safeguards for clean air and water, and even deeper cuts in Medicaid than those in the health care repeal.

The more than 1,500 groups, from every state, include faith groups, service providers, and experts and advocates concerned with children, seniors, women, workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, the environment, education, housing, nutrition, and health.  They represent millions of people.

 Make Sure That Your Member of Congress Sees The Letter and Knows You Want to Stop the Cuts

Please take these actions (some or all):

If You Are On Social Media:

Tweet at your members of Congress. You can use the sample tweet below or create your own (do separate tweets for each of your senators and for your representative).

[insert your Senators’ and Rep’s twitter handle]  I’m a constituent and join with 1500 groups:  the budget should invest not cut: http://ow.ly/Mgis30doRu4 #HandsOff

Find Your Senators’ Twitter Handles

Find Your Representative’s Twitter Handle

Post on your Members of Congress’ Facebook walls using the language below (this works if you’re a friend.)

Dear [@Representative/@Senator], I agree with over 1,500 groups nationwide that signed a letter urging you to reject budget cuts that would hurt [your state’s name].  Please read the letter:  http://ow.ly/Mgis30doRu4.  #handsoff the health, jobs, and future of millions.

If You Are Not on Social Media, you can still e-mail your members of Congress by clicking here. 

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If you would like to post an action, please contact David Elliot at delliot@chn.org.