Sadly, expressions of racism are on the rise. This week we will focus on political and person actions to combat racism and prejudice.
Action: Tell Congress not to lower standards for border patrol hiring
URGENT: The House version of the bill, H.R. 2213, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor as early as Wednesday, June 7th. The Senate version, S. 595, is out of committee and also awaits a full vote on the Senate floor.
From 5 Calls: In March, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake proposed S.595, the Boots on the Border Act, to meet Trump’s demand for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents. The act would eliminate the polygraph testing requirement for applicants who are already law enforcement officers or are transitioning members of the US Armed Forces (including veterans).
Currently, 60% of Border Patrol applicants fail the polygraph screening. One analysis of 1,000 exams showed that the failures were largely due to criminal behavior, including smuggling and other felonies. Importantly, some applicants actually worked for criminal organizations and were seeking to infiltrate the Border Patrol. Without the polygraph screening, these applicants all would have passed the standard criminal background check.
In loosening hiring standards by eliminating polygraphs, the Boots on the Border Act would risk a dramatic increase in the hiring of unqualified Border Patrol agents. All Border Patrol Agents, without exception, should be thoroughly vetted. The Senate bill, S. 595, has been reported out of committee and now awaits a full vote on the Senate floor.
POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springville. I’m calling today because I’m extremely concerned about [House: H.R. 2213 / Senate: S. 595], the bill that would eliminate the polygraph testing requirement for Border Patrol Agents. If qualified candidates cannot be found, the solution is not to lower vetting standards. I ask that Rep. Jason Chaffetz vote against this harmful bill. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
Action: Post some MWEG memes that decry racism
Consider posting some MWEG memes that decry racism. Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s Facebook page has featured many beautiful memes that draw upon the words of our prophets and leaders to decry racism. Many options can be found by searching the photos page. You can “share” them from the page, and those shares will include the hashtags given each one.
Action: Support calm leadership instead of bigoted ranting
The ACLU released a statement about Trump’s decision to appeal the block of his Muslim ban. Then as the London terror attacks were unfolding over the weekend, Trump used the opportunity to reassert the need for the ban.
In contrast, real leaders respond to frightening events with calm purpose and direct action. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is such a leader, managing with careful attention both the physical and emotional needs of his constituents. We are all reminded by Khan’s example what a capable leader does. Our US Conference of Mayors recognize and applaud Khan, and we do too.
Read more about his actions, and then send him a thank you postcard for caring for his people in the aftermath of this tragedy (will require international postage). And also send one to Tom Cochran for recognizing Khan’s leadership.
US Conference of Mayors
1620 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
London Mayor Sadiq Khan
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA
Action: Prayerfully consider how you can oppose racism
Action: Question the Docket Reshuffling of Immigration Judges
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been engaged in what some legal observers characterize as “aimless docket reshuffling,” pulling immigration judges from around the country and sending them to detention centers or cities with large immigration backlogs. This aimlessness is striking in the case of New York where there is a 2-year waiting time for immigration cases, yet eight judges have been reassigned from overwhelmed NY courts to detention centers in Texas and Louisiana. We should, at the very least, query the motives of the DoJ in this apparently irrational shuffling of judges–DOJ Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Action: Ask Congress to fight white supremacist terrorists.
Far right white supremacists killed three of our citizens last week in Portland and Chicago.
Tell your MoCs that you want them to investigate radicalization of white supremacists and take steps to prevent future attacks like those in Portland and Chicago.
Possible script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ . I’m deeply concerned about violence by white supremacists against our own citizens. Please support the investigation of these home-grown hate groups to prevent more people from becoming radicalized and committing acts of terror.
Action: Oppose the Davis Oliver Act & Hiring of 12,500 New ICE Agents
The House is expected to vote soon on the Davis Oliver Act HR 2431 which would put many of Trumps immigration policies into law including penalties for sanctuary cities. It would also authorize the hiring of 12,500 more ICE agents thereby greatly increasing the number of arrests and deportations. Let’s call our representative and tell him or her we oppose the Davis Oliver Act.
Action: Stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters
In light of the increasingly prevalent animosity toward followers of the Islamic faith, we encourage people everywhere to take action for the next seven days by showing appreciation and building connections with Muslims around the world. Ideas include:
The possibilities are endless! Please post additional ideas here and take a moment to share your experiences with us. Thank you!
This is only a partial list of actions which might be taken this week to…