Family Separation and Action – Date Sensitve

Dear AIUSA Local Groups,

Earlier this year, the forced separation of thousands of families in the U.S. came to light, sparking national and global outrage. Amnesty International’s newest report, “You Don’t Have Any Rights Here,” reveals U.S. immigration officials tore apart many more families than previously reported. Activists like you spoke out against this cruel practice, and the Administration backed down from forcibly separating families.

Right now, we need your voices again.

Instead of tearing kids away from their parents, the administration is now seeking to give itself the authority to legally and indefinitely jail them together. Imagine, military bases holding thousands of children, and families living in American tent cities.

Take action now to stop this:

Between now and November 6, 2018, the government has to accept public comments regarding this policy. If we flood the government with comments, they have to read and consider them—all of them! The more comments we submit, the more the administration has to listen to us, consider our opinion, and respond.

There are less than 3 weeks left to do this. Submit your comment through this link, and tell the government that no child should grow up in jail! Make sure to personalize your message with your own words to reflect your values—unique comments are exponentially more valuable and will have the greatest impact on the future of children and families in the U.S.

Thank you so much for your time and advocacy on this. Your voice is needed now more than ever.

Best, Cynthia Gabriel Walsh, Senior Director, Organizing & Activism Unit, AIUSA

Pictured: drawing by 12-year-old Devora.* She was separated from her mother for 53 days after arriving in the U.S. together to seek safety. When reunited, the government locked both of them up at the Dilley Family Detention Center in Texas, where they’ve been detained for nearly 3 months. *Pseudonyms used for their protection.

Edwin Gur

Community Programs Coordinator, Organizing & Activism

Amnesty International U.S.A.

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New York, NY 10001-1810

(212) 633-4272

www.amnestyusa.org

URGENT ACTION – UAE for Abudujilili Supi

We invite you to participate in our activities, even if you can’t join us for a meeting!

One such way is through our Urgent Actions. We will provide information regarding the action and a letter template that can be used to communicate with a government official through mail or when available email.

These actions are time sensitive. As such, we will provide the date in which the action expires.

SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 NOVEMBER 2018

Brief:

Abudujilili Supi, a Uighur man who has been working as a muezzin – a leader and caller of prayers– in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was taken away by Emirati police officers and is at risk of being forcibly returned to China, where Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities are arbitrarily detained

Links:
Full Amnesty Report

Letter Template to the Minister of the Interior

 

URGENT ACTION – Ecuador for Environmental defender Margoth Escobar

We invite you to participate in our activities, even if you can’t join us for a meeting!

One such way is through our Urgent Actions. We will provide information regarding the action and a letter template that can be used to communicate with a government official through mail or when available email.

These actions are time sensitive. As such, we will provide the date in which the action expires.

SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 NOVEMBER 2018

Brief:
Environmental defender Margoth Escobar could be at risk after her home was intentionally set on fire in Puyo, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, on 29 September. This is the fourth attack this year against members of the Amazon Women collective who defend the land, the territory and the environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Links:

Full Amnesty Report

Letter Template to the Minister of the Interior

 

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