Dear New York MoveOn member,
Today, members of Congress head home to relax for the holidays while 800,000 Dreamers fear being torn from their families. This is not what New York Senator Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, promised.
That's why tomorrow, Saturday, immigrant youth and families and their allies will rally outside Sen. Schumer’s Brooklyn home over the Dream Act. We can't wait another day!
Will you join? Will you be there Saturday to greet Sen. Schumer as he returns to New York—and as 2017 comes to a close, show him the Resistance is strong and here to stay?
Here are the details:
What: Rally for the Dream Act in front of Sen. Schumer's house: "No Holiday Cheer for Us? No Holiday Cheer for You, Sen. Schumer!"
When: Tomorrow, Saturday, December 23, 5 p.m.
Where: Gather at Grand Army Plaza (under the arch), Brooklyn
Hosted by: Make the Road New York, Working Families Party, MoveOn, Indivisible Nation BK, The New York Immigration Coalition, CREDO, United We Dream, and more!
We hoped to gather to celebrate Sen. Schumer's successful passage of a clean Dream Act, with no border militarization or interior enforcement provisions, as part of the congressional spending bill negotiations.
But, since Sen. Schumer failed last night to lead his Democratic caucus to bring home the Dream Act, our mood will be somber, as we will speak out to hold him accountable for failing to use his leverage to secure the legislation that our youth and families so desperately need.
On Tuesday, hundreds of young immigrants and families rallied in front of Sen. Schumer’s Manhattan offices to demand that he bring home a clean Dream Act before the end of the year, which he promised to do this fall. They also delivered nearly 250,000 petitions to his Manhattan offices.
One week ago, seven Senate Democrats had pledged to only vote for the spending bill if it included a clean Dream Act. Thousands of young people from across the country dropped everything this week to travel to D.C. to appeal to members of Congress through actions that motivated and captivated the whole country. Together we cranked up the phone calls, and held vigils and rallies.
And last night, 30 Senate Democrats withheld their votes since Republicans failed to address the crisis Trump created when he ended the popular DACA program. But 17 Senate Democrats voted with Republicans to deport Dreamers.
It's Sen. Schumer's job to hold his caucus together, and he failed.
Spread the word and join immigrant youth and allies this Saturday as we greet Sen. Schumer back home in Brooklyn and as we send a reminder to ALL Democrats that the Resistance is ready for 2018! RSVP here on Facebook and share with your friends!
More than 13,000 Dreamers have lost their DACA status over recent months since Trump cruelly ended the popular program, and each day another 122 more lose their DACA status.
Put simply: Voting yes last night on the spending bill without a clean Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. Congress was wrong to go home for the holidays without making things right for Dreamers.
The Dream Act is supported by a wide majority of Democrats and Republicans alike, and by wide margins, MoveOn members in several key senate states said this week that they'd support a primary challenger to Democrats who vote for a GOP spending bill without Congress fixing DACA by passing a clean Dream Act.1
We know that our rallies, our marches, our calls, and our actions are making a difference. In January of this year, when Sen. Schumer seemed inclined to work with Republicans instead of modeling fierce opposition to their toxic agenda, local organizations marched on his home in a high-profile, memorable action that showed Sen. Schumer the strength of the Resistance—and soon after, he began rejecting Trump's nominees and taking a harder line on his policies.
Democrats made a commitment to resolve this moral crisis. Sen. Schumer failed to deliver on his promises, and he needs to hear from us.
We want to tell him clearly that while he is returning home to be with his family for the holidays, many members of our community are going to have what may be their last holiday season together.
Thanks for all you do.
—Victoria, Jadzia, Schuyler, Ilya, and the rest of the team
1. "New Survey: Progressives may support primary challenges against Dem Senate candidates if end-of-year spending bill does not include Dream Act," MoveOn.org, December 18, 2017
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