November 14 is National Call In Day

Demand A Permanent Protection for Undocumented Youth!

There is one simple action we all take today.  Call your Representative in Congress and find out where they stand on passing a clean DREAM Act this year.  Share your story and ask them to stand with young immigrants and do what’s right for our communities.

Call:  1-844-641-3873

(Don’t worry if you don’t know who your Representative is or want to share with someone in another district.  When using this number all you need is your zipcode and to follow the prompts.)

Say:  

Hello!  My name is ______ and I’m calling from _______ (town/city) in _____________ (state).  I’m calling to ask Representative XXX to pass a DREAM Act before the end of the year that allows young immigrants to stay in the country they call home, without adding a single dollar to Trump’s immigration enforcement measures.  Is Representative XXX committed to passing a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year?

Talking points you can add:

  • Most Dreamers are either studying or working and contribute millions of tax dollars every year in state and local taxes

  • Permanent protection for undocumented youth means passing a bill to protect Dreamers without using that same bill to fund a border wall, mass deportations, or inhumane detention centers.  Please add it to the budget!

  • The United States is the only country most Dreamers have ever known

  • We belong together!  Don’t tear apart families and communities.

I support a permanent protection for undocumented youth and I hope the [Senator/Representative] will as well.  Will you share my message with her/him?

Thank you.

Once you’ve made the call think about who else you can ask to take this action on this critical National Call In Day for a clean DREAM Act.  Ask a friend or family member to join you.  Post on social media and help us spread the word.  Thank you so much!

Take action with “genius” DACA leader Cristina Jimenez

Ever since Trump announced his decision to end the DACA program, which gave legal status to previously undocumented young people who came to this country as children, hundreds of thousands have been living in fear and uncertainty. Young adults who’ve never known another home could be at risk of deportation as soon as spring.

We’ve been fighting back through the Sanctuary Homes campaign, because at Hand in Hand we know that many domestic workers are immigrants, and we depend on one another to make our lives possible.

Please join a webinar next Tuesday to find out how you can help.

The next six weeks are our best chance to get Congress to pass legislation—the DREAM Act—to protect young people with DACA and, hopefully, their families and other immigrants and refugees. To get a ‘clean’ DREAM ACT - meaning legislation that doesn’t include increased militarization of the border or funding for a border wall, we need EVERYONE to support.

Please join recent MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Cristina Jimenez, Founder and Director of United We Dream, for a webinar about DACA, the fight for a clean DREAM ACT, and how you can get involved to fight for a country where everyone belongs.

(And sign up even if you can’t make it. We’ll send you the recording and resources.)

We’ll be talking about how to discuss DACA, the DREAM Act, and sanctuary at your Thanksgiving table. You can be a leader at your holiday table, and we have the tools to help you. We’ll turn our gratitude for family, security, and country, into action to ensure all people have these things.  

If you haven't heard about About Cristina Jimenez yet, you will soon. Here's a brief excerpt of her bio: 

 

Cristina Jiménez is Executive Director and Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. Growing up, Cristina always knew she was undocumented. When she was 13, her parents risked everything and fled poverty in Ecuador to give her family a better life here. As an undocumented young person, Cristina and her family experienced poverty, abuse by police, wage theft from employers and fear of deportation.

Cristina was instrumental in organizing the successful national campaign that led to the creation and implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA) under President Obama. UWD has grown to a powerful network of 48 affiliates in 26 states and over 400,000 members.
In October 2017, Cristina was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” one of the highest and most prestigious honors that creative leaders can receive in the United States. In 2014, she was named to Forbes’s “30 under 30 in Law and Policy;” She has also been named one of “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who are Solving Problems of Today and Tomorrow” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy; and one of “50 Fearless Women” by Cosmopolitan.

There's no better person to inspire and lead us through the next six weeks. RSVP here today to join our conversation with Cristina.

Whether you love or hate the holiday season, there’s no doubt that you can make it especially meaningful this year.

 

 

Recess: A time for us to get to work

This week, our senators and representatives have returned from Washington D.C. to their local offices. I bet that they would agree that there’s no place like home.

Immigrants move here for freedom and opportunity and make America their home. We oppose any legislation that could tear homes and families apart. We all belong together—families and communities alike. That’s why we support immigrant communities’ call for a “clean” DREAM Act.

A majority of voters support a permanent solution for immigrant youth. According to recent polls, 83% of voters nationwide support creating a path to citizenship for immigrant youth.

Leaders on the ground have told us that it’s crucial for Congress to act by December—just a couple months from now.

Join us and the leaders of immigrant communities in calling for a Clean DREAM Act now.

Home is more than a mailing address. It's where most of the important things in life happen. 

Thank you for making our homes safe for everyone.  Send a letter to your representatives today

Bring Sanctuary Home with Ai-Jen Poo

We've seen a huge response to Eve Ensler's message about bringing our work for justice from the streets to our homes. Few know more about those two things than Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Please join Ai-Jen Poo and Hand in Hand for a special webinar, focused on how we bring Sanctuary into our homes. You’ll learn:

* How to to expand sanctuary to our homes, our neighborhoods and our communities
* Actions that make a big difference in the lives of workers, employers, and allies
* Ways to plug in in your home and community

RSVP today.  

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Along with Ai-Jen, we'll hear from leaders from across the country who are bringing a focus on supporting immigrants and justice into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

If you can’t attend live, register anyways and we’ll send you the recording and resources afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you on the call!

 

 

 

A Message from Eve Ensler

Our Sanctuary Homes campaign is part of a broader movement for a new kind of sanctuary that protects people and communities who are under attack by the current administration — this includes communities of color and immigrants, DACA recipients and their parents.

Thousands of you have downloaded resources, joined community calls, workshops, and marches, and dozens of you fasted last week. 

We know that when we come together, sanctuary becomes real and powerful. We also know that we need more of us on board acting to create sanctuary in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

Today, Tony Award-winning playwright, actor, and activist Eve Ensler has a message for every household in America that has ever depended on a nanny, house cleaner, or home attendant.

Click to watch and share Eve's call to join us!

Those of us who employ domestic workers—most of whom are immigrants and women—have an especially important role to play in standing with the workers who have supported millions of families and homes like ours.

And we need our friends and neighbors to join us, too. Please share this video now and encourage your friends to join the campaign.

Immigrants are #HereToStay. #WeBelongTogether. We’re counting on each other.