Not sure what to talk about?
We've got you covered. Our policy briefs and action alerts on Islamophobia, bullying, and civil rights are great to look over and bring along to a meeting. You can also stay up to date on legislation going through Congress with our Hill Happenings newsletter.
Here are three ideas for issues to address:
Muslim Bans: President Trump has continued to issue executive orders restricting visitors, immigrants, and refugees from many countries, especially those with large Muslim populations. As these discriminatory actions are challenged in the courts, you can encourage your elected officials to take a strong stand against these policies and support H.R. 4271 / S. 1979, which would block enforcement of the Muslim bans and recognize them as illegal. If you have relatives in one of the targeted countries, tell your representative how these bans serve to keep you apart from them.
The Federal Budget: President Trump recently presented his budget plan to Congress. The plan makes drastic cuts to many programs and agencies that help protect health, security, and economic opportunity for millions of Americans. As the budget process begins, let your members of Congress know how you feel the government should prioritize its spending.
H.Res. 257: This bipartisan House resolution condemns hate crimes and other forms of violence and discrimination against minorities in the United States. It was introduced by Rep. Comstock (R-VA-10) and now has 62 cosponsors. The Senate version of the resolution (S.118), introduced by Sen. Harris (D-CA), passed unanimously, but H. Res. 257 remains stuck in committee. Let your member of Congress know how hate crimes affect you and your community, and encourage them to support and protect Muslims and other minorities through such resolutions.
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