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Call to Action: June 18, 2018

STAND UP FOR ALL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES


The current policies of this government are leading to child abuse and abandonment of the vulnerable.

This administration has openly stated that they are purposefully separating children from their families at the border to deter immigration.  Doctors warn that the stress, anxiety and trauma of separation can damage brain development in children and lead to lifelong mental and physical illnesses for both children and their families.

So far 2000 children, of all ages, have been torn from their families.  There will be thousands more.  They are warehoused in facilities where witnesses have reported that workers are not allowed to touch or comfort distraught children who have been traumatized by separation.  

Simultaneously, following months of administrative sabotage against the ACA, Congressional Republicans are preparing yet another attack on impoverished children and families.  This summer they hope to push through a bill to repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid.  Even more damaging than Graham-Cassidy, it would leave tens of millions without healthcare.

Call your MOC’s.  We need them to fight on both fronts. They must not allow children and their families to be separated and they must stand up for the sick and vulnerable.

Keep Families Together!

Save ACA and Medicaid!


**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR SENATORS**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR MERKLEY AND WYDEN:

“My name is [–].  I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am OUTRAGED that our government is separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  I am also concerned about the latest bill to repeal the ACA being prepared in Congress, which would leave tens of millions of children and their families without healthcare.  I want to thank the Senator for co-sponsoring S. 3036, the Keep Families Together Act.  I am asking him to work to ensure its passage, and to protect the ACA and expand healthcare.  Thank you.”

SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY 

Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

SENATOR RON WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/


**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:

“My name is [–].  I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am OUTRAGED that Greg Walden is doing nothing about our government separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  I am also concerned about the latest bill to repeal the ACA being prepared in Congress with Mr. Walden’s support, which would leave tens of millions of children and their families without healthcare.  I am asking him to FIND HIS HUMANITY to help protect immigrant children and their families from further emotional and psychological traumatization by supporting H.R. 5415 The Help Separated Families Act and H.R. 5950 The Help Separated Children Act.  I am also asking him to protect the ACA and expand healthcare.  Thank you.”

COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me


**ACTION THREE: REMEMBER FOR THE MIDTERMS**

It has become clear that we need a different Congress to protect our democratic values, our healthcare, and our families.

  • Please make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote.
  • Ask every candidate for Congress where they stand on this administration’s cruel immigration policies that separate families and harm children.
  • Ask where they stand on the ACA and health care for all.

Remember the 2018 elections will be the most important of our lives.  


**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**

To help families separated at the border: https://www.today.com/parents/how-help-immigrant-children-separated-families-t129923