Dear MoveOn member,
On Wednesday, a mother of two who came to the United States as a child and lived 21 years in this country raising a family, showed up for her regular immigration check-in (as she has done for nearly 10 years), and was locked up and then deported the next day.1 Her kids will grow up without their mother. This was part of a multi-state, coordinated sweep that is terrorizing immigrant communities this week.
While this isn’t brand new under Trump, many people, alarmed by Trump’s disregard for the Constitution, are asking what we can do to help protect frontline communities and how we can continue to stand together to resist Trump's unconstitutional and dangerous actions, from his now-paused Muslim ban, to his gutting of Wall Street regulations, to the expanded powers he gave to police in an executive order this week, and the ongoing—but slowed, thanks to your organizing—attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
This Sunday night, at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT), join MoveOn and allies for Ready to Resist: Emergency Call #3 to hear from the mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges and United We Dream's Cristina Jimenez about how cities and towns can be the frontlines of resistance to Trump, share strategies for the week ahead, and prepare for "Resistance Recess," when we will directly address members of Congress who will be back home from D.C.
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During this call Sunday, we’ll look at how through a trio of strategies—focusing on cities, Congress, and corporations—we can weave together a successful movement that resists and wins. We'll discuss opportunities to take peaceful and strategic action this week to make a difference and grow this movement.
I like to think of these Sunday calls as one hour of power. Here's more about the leaders from across the resistance movement who we'll hear from this Sunday, February 12:
- Cristina Jimenez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, will unpack what she’s learned from immigrant communities around the country about this latest coordinated deportation sweep—what is new and what isn’t, and what we can do about it.
- Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will discuss how cities like hers can stand up as "sanctuary cities"—and more—against deportations and be the frontlines of resistance to Trump.
- Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, one of the country’s premier trainers in “bird-dogging”—the skill of asking tough questions of elected officials in public—will lead a training in how to make the most of the upcoming February congressional recess.
- Jennifer Epps-Addison, president and co-executive director of The Center for Popular Democracy, will share how Disney employees are organizing to get Disney to stop collaborating with Trump.
- Georgia Hollister Isman, state director of Rhode Island Working Families Party, will illuminate how 1,000 people showed up at a spaghetti dinner hosted by Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, sparking a mobilization that’s stiffening the spines of Democrats to truly meet this extraordinary moment.
I’ve got to share something just remarkable with you: If you joined the first Ready to Resist call on January 22, you helped "shatter" a Guinness World Record—for the most people engaged in a "single live conversation"!2 And the truly amazing part? The average listener participates in Ready to Resist calls for 55 minutes—nearly 4 times as long as the average telephone town hall listener—which tells me that participants are finding the content valuable.
But what matters is not how many of us get on the phone together—what matters are the actions that we take together. Which is why on this Sunday's call—and on every Sunday call—you’ll learn about specific actions to take in the upcoming week to make a difference. (Want a sneak peek of one of this week's actions? Join or host a Valentine’s Day Let’s Make a Date rally at your members’ of Congress local office this Tuesday, February 14).
Will you join the Ready to Resist call this Sunday night, February 12, at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) to learn how to unite in action this week?
RSVP for the call here, and then invite your family and friends.
Talk with you Sunday night.
Thanks for all you do.
—Victoria, Amy, Jayne, Jamiah, and the rest of the team
P.S. Mark your calendars for our next two Ready to Resist calls: tomorrow, Sunday, February 12, at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT), and the following Sunday, February 19, at the same time, when we’ll team up again with the folks who wrote the Indivisible Guide and millennial organizer Yong Jung Cho to kick off "Resistance Recess"—a pivotal week of action when members of Congress are home to meet with constituents. You can RSVP now for both calls, and you'll receive a phone call at the start of the calls at the number you provide. We take privacy seriously and never share your phone number.
1. "Arizona Mother Deported to Mexico After Living in U.S. For 21 Years," Time, February 9, 2017
2. "Democrats, pushed by grass-root protests, unifying Trump opposition," USA Today, February 1, 2017
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