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#DefundHate National Week of Action September 9-13

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 11:00

Hi Poppers! Indivisible has joined with a number of other national organizations to defend the human rights of immigrants. Next week is the National Week of Action for #DefundHate. We have several things going on in the Gorge and Portland during the week and we hope you'll participate in one or more of them. Below is a summary of what the #DefundHate movement is about, followed by a summary of the week's activities happening in our area. I've also attached a pdf document with the same information, if that's easier. Be sure to click on "Read more" to see this entire message.
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#DefundHate National Week of Action, September 9-13, 2019
Columbia River Gorge Activities

Immigrant families are under an all-out assault.

From caging children and families at the border and refusing them access to basic necessities like showers and toothbrushes to attempting to illegally block asylum, this administration has focused its resources on maximizing trauma on immigrant communities. Fueled by racism, hatred, and fear, the Trump administration has continued to pursue these unpopular and harmful policies, and Congress has continued to fund each and every one.

Congress has appropriated billions of dollars for immigration enforcement with almost no restrictions, giving Trump a blank check to attack immigrants. In fact, just a few weeks ago, 129 Democrats (yes, Democrats) voted to pass a bill to give Donald Trump billions more for detention and enforcement, including millions of additional funding for ICE, with no oversight, guardrails, or safeguards. The bill was approved with majority Republican support.

What Trump has demonstrated time and time again is that he will use every dollar he can to detain, separate, and deport families. Instead of using its power of the purse to put a stop to the abuses, Congress has chosen to give Trump more resources. That makes them complicit.
If you’re outraged about Trump’s attacks on immigrants, the most effective way to fight back is to demand cuts to DHS funding. We have planned several activities to raise awareness and take specific actions to #DefundHate.

Monday September 9 Movie Night!
• The Dalles – Documentary “Undeterred” at St Paul’s Chapel, 601 Union St. Doors open at 6, film starts at 6:30, 7:45 discussion following movie. Undeterred is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Undeterred is an intimate and unique portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand our rights and to provide aid to injured, oft times dying people funneled across a wilderness desert. The film was made by Eva Lewis, a resident of Arivaca and long time member of People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP). (76 minutes long) https://undeterredfilm.org/#

• Hood River – Documentary “The River and the Wall” at Riverside Community Church, 317 State St. Doors open at 6, film starts at 6:30, refreshments and discussion afterward.
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more and more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted waters. (97 minutes long) https://theriverandthewall.com/

• Portland “Border to Border with Love.” Indivisible groups along the west coast are participating in a relay from the Canadian Border to the Mexican Border, passing a banner with names and messages from immigration rights groups along the way. On Monday night, there will be a march and formal passing of the banner on the I-5 interstate bridge in Portland. For details, go to https://www.indivisible97201.com/

Tuesday September 10
• Get informed. Local groups supporting immigration rights will be sending out information about the #DefundHate movement and how you can help. Watch for our emails or Facebook posts and take time to read about how you can help Defund Hate.

• Rally at Portland ICE office as part of “Border to Border with Love.” Sign the banner that is passing from the Canadian border to the Mexican border to demand that Congress reduce funding for ICE and CBP to prevent their cruel and inhumane actions. 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Portland ICE Building, 4310 SW Macadam Ave 97239.

Wednesday September 11
• Call or email your Members of Congress to demand that they #DefundHate. Phone numbers, email addresses, and scripts will be provided. Watch your email and Facebook groups for details.

Thursday September 12
• Make a sign and/or make a connection. Make a sign for the rally on Friday. Be creative. There are lots of great ideas on the internet. If you can’t attend the rally, make a connection – talk with at least one friend about immigration issues and what you can do to make a difference.

Friday September 13
• #DefundHate rally at The Dalles Post Office, 101 W 2nd St. from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We’ll have extra signs, music, and lots of enthusiasm to go around. Please join us to show our community that hate and cruelty have no place in our America!

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