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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iO8X0w at January 07, 2017 at 11:33AM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iO8X0w at January 07, 2017 at 11:33AM

GOP resistance grows to Obamacare repeal without replacement:

It is always difficult to find detailed analysis of the GOPs plan to repeal the ACA in the comment section of news/blog articles:

But this comment caught my eye:

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iPH5qK at January 07, 2017 at 09:00AM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iPH5qK at January 07, 2017 at 09:00AM
 

the-anxious-activist:

Look, we know—it’s not fair. But these days, the “ways you can help” all seem to involve making phone calls. For some of us, that’s the worst. Personally, I would rather have my teeth drilled than make a phone call.

If this is you, you’re not alone. As we speak, thousands if not millions of Americans with social anxiety are eyeing their phones and wondering if they can do it. Even people without anxiety find it daunting to call their Congressional representatives. It’s normal and okay to find these calls nerve-wracking.

If you need some encouragement, first read this delightful webcomic about how to call your reps in Congress if you have social anxiety. If you finish that and still need more, come back here and keep reading.

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2je3HQH at January 06, 2017 at 10:58PM

1. Call your Senators and ask them not to defund Planned Parenthood

2. Ask them to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until 

A. there is a replacement plan that 

B. budgets for the costs of repeal and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA.

And then…ask your family and friends to do the same.Read more... )

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jjsR4A at January 06, 2017 at 07:43AM
Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana:

meeedeee:

This is the man that the Republicans want to serve as US AG. A man who once joked that he liked the “KKK until he found out they smoked pot.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here: http://ift.tt/2j8qGww
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jinq5E at January 06, 2017 at 03:00AM

Effort to defund Planned Parenthood threatens Obamacare repeal:

Do you live in Wisconsin? Or any other US state (yes, I know, we all live somewhere)

If you live in Wisconsin, call Representative Paul Ryan along with your local Representative (there are 8 for WI) and tell them not to defund Planned Parenthood. And to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until there is a replacement plan that budgets for the costs of of repeal* and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA. 

Basically what they are doing is slipping these changes into the budget approval process to prevent a filibuster. And once both the ACA is gone and Planned Parenthood has been defunded, millions of women will lose access to birth control and cancer screening. 

*Congress has refused to include the costs of repeal in the budget. And by repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood at the same time through the "budget" process, there will be no negotiating or ability to reduce the harm to women across America.Read more... )

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iQaWlv at January 06, 2017 at 07:00AM

Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana:

This is the man that the Republicans want to serve as US AG. A man who once joked that he liked the “KKK until he found out they smoked pot.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here: http://ift.tt/2j8qGww

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January 06, 2017 at 07:00AM
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Call your Senators and ask them not to defund Planned Parenthood. And to hold off repealing The Affordable Care Act until there is a replacement plan that budgets for the costs of of repeal and puts protections in place for people who are currently covered under the ACA.

”The decision to add the controversial Planned Parenthood language, which is opposed by most Democrats, could have a major impact on getting the Affordable Care Act repeal legislation through the Senate because supporters need the backing of at least 50 of their 52 members and two pro-choice senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, won’t commit to approving the bill with the Planned Parenthood provision in it…

Further complicating matters for Senate GOP leaders is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who announced this week he plans to vote against the Obamacare repeal legislation because the underlying budget measure it is attached to doesn’t balance and adds to the deficit. If Murkowski, Collins and Paul all voted against the budget bill, it would be enough to torpedo the Obamacare repeal legislation.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/paul-ryan-planned-parenthood-obamacare/

Finally, even if you don’t live in these states, call your Senators anyway. http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/  

If you don’t like making phone calls, fax a quick email using one of the free online fax services (printed paper carries more weight than an email. Phone calls are best)

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j8iCfp at January 05, 2017 at 07:00AM

The very bad reason Jeff Sessions is ‘very unhappy’:

This is one of the many reasons US citizens are worried about Jeff Sessions being US Attorney General. For one, he supports government forfeiture without due process:

“For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, “Room 101” was Courtroom 478 in City Hall. This “courtroom’s” name is Orwellian: There was neither judge nor jury in it. There the city government enriched itself — more than $64 million in a recent 11-year span — by disregarding due process requirements in order to seize and sell the property of people who have not been accused, never mind convicted, of a crime.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here:  
http://ift.tt/2j8qGww

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j61IOf at January 04, 2017 at 03:00PM  

How Democrats can defeat the repeal of Obamacare:

“And it worked. TV news and newspaper headlines all attributed the reversal to Donald Trump’s supposedly heroic tweet on the subject, which didn’t even oppose the move, just its timing. But in reality, as reporters working Capitol Hill reported, what really turned the tide was the public backlash, namely the flood of angry phone calls and emails to Republicans’ offices complaining about the move to gut the OCE. Republican members got spooked enough to quickly reverse themselves. “

Please if you live in a Republican district (house or senate), please call your rep. Even as few as 20 phone calls a day can make a difference.

TBH we most likely won't be able to defeat the "repeal" but we may force them to have a plan ti place before they take away health care for millions of Americas.

If you do call, tweet or FB your friends and tell them: "Would you kick a friend out of a moving car and tell them: BRB?"

No repeal without replace.


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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iEiRj4 at January 04, 2017 at 10:19AM
s-leary:

(via The New Yorker)

The House has withdrawn its plan to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics. Many headlines gave credit to Drumpf’s tweet about the issue, when in fact representatives actually backed down because their offices were flooded with angry phone calls from constituents.

Don’t imagine that the OCE is now safe. Congressmen really, really don’t like having their ethics overseen. Twice in very recent history, the House  has attempted to change ethics rules: in 2005, before the Office of
Congressional Ethics existed, the newly sworn-in House has kicked off its agenda with a vote to dismiss complaints if the ethics committee were deadlocked; and in 2010, House members pushed to limit the OCE’s ability to report ethics violations to the Justice Department but backed off so as not to look bad in an election year. This will  come back. Drumpf’s tweet didn’t tell the House to drop the issue; he just said they should cut taxes and repeal the ACA first. If you don’t remember what things were like before the OCE existed, The Atlantic has a nice overview of its creation.

The resolution to ban livestreaming and photography from the House floor passed, without the OCE amendment attached.


What You Can Do

If you don’t have your representatives’ numbers handy, call the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred. Add that number to your contacts! It’s consistent, unlike the representatives’.

Look at the graphic. 17 phone calls!!! Really don’t need thousands, just 17 to your reps.  If you see a request to make a call, do it. Even if you live in a red state and you know they will never ever budge.  Call after hours, leave a message. If you hate phone calls, fax - copy and paste the script and use an online fax service.



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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hOgsQQ at January 03, 2017 at 06:55PMNAACP on Twitter:
Today (Jan 3, 2017) members of the NAACP staged a protest in Jeff Sessions office and were arrested. Jeff Sessions is Drumpf’s pick for Attorney General. His record on human rights, civil rights and women’s rights was so bad in the 1980s that  Congress refused to confirm as a federal judge. This week over 1,000 law school professors signed a letter saying he must not become Attorney General.   His application to the Senate Judiciary Committee omitted key information but the Republicans are pushing his nomination anyway.

What to do?

Call your State Senators. You can find them  here:  http://ift.tt/2ixwh0g

Use this script:

“Good afternoon. My name is (NAME) and I am a resident of (CITY) and a constituent of the senator’s. I am calling today to voice my opposition to the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the position of attorney general. Senator Sessions has indicated that he finds the Voting Rights Act “intrusive,” and I very seriously doubt his commitment to promoting equal rights among all Americans. I’d like to find out Sen. (NAME)’s  position on his nomination and whether he’she will be supporting or opposing Jeff Sessions nomination.”

If they support Jeff Sessions or refuse to answer how they will vote, tweet your opposition to them.

Bonus: Call the Senate Judiciary Committee: http://ift.tt/1YhOYTF

Additional reading: http://ift.tt/2hKh0Lb

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iD2oOE at January 02, 2017 at 08:33PM

Read about it here. The vote is early tomorrow Tuesday Jan 3, so call your rep tonight and leave a message. If their mailbox is full, try the local office. You can find out who is your rep here

 
Script: “The Gutting of the Office of Congressional Ethics.   I’m calling about the effort to undermine the Office of Congressional Ethics known as the Goodlatte* Amendment. President-elect Trumpf’s many conflicts of interest make Americans such as myself fear we are headed toward kleptocracy, so we need the legislative branch to provide a check on executive power. If the House dismantles its own ethics office, how can we trust that they have the spine to represent our interests in the Trumpf Administration? Please vote “no” on this rule change.”

*Pronounced “GUUD-lat”

Why the House Ethics Changes Matter?

https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahmimms/here-are-6-things-house-republicans-want-ethics-investigator?utm_term=.pkdnwgyoX#.paV6gaEZR


If you live in any of these districts, call ASAP. These are the members of the House Judiciary Comitte. Even if you don't live in the specific district, but the state - call the reps from that state

Republicans
Bob Goodlatte, VA, Chairman
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., WI
Lamar Smith, TX
Steve Chabot, OH
Darrell E. Issa, CA
J. Randy Forbes, VA
Steve King, IA
Trent Franks, AZ
Louie Gohmert, TX
Jim Jordan, OH
Ted Poe, TX
Jason Chaffetz, UT
Tom Marino, PA
Trey Gowdy, SC
Raúl R. Labrador, ID
Blake Farenthold, TX
Doug Collins, GA
Ron DeSantis, FL
Mimi Walters, CA
Ken Buck, CO
John Ratcliffe, TX
David A. Trott, MI
Mike Bishop, MI


Democrats: 
John Conyers, Jr., MI
Jerrold Nadler, NY
Zoe Lofgren, CA
Sheila Jackson Lee, TX
Steve Cohen, TN
Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr., GA
Pedro R. Pierluisi, PR Judy Chu, CA
Theodore E. Deutch, FL
Luis V. Gutiérrez, IL
Karen Bass, CA
Cedric L. Richmond, LA
Suzan K. DelBene, WA
Hakeem S. Jeffries, NY
David N. Cicilline, RI
Scott H. Peters, CA

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#FightTrump: Demand a national hate crimes hotline 

Step 1: Sign Petition
Step 2: Call or email your House Rep and ask them to support bill H.R. 6332
Step 3 (optional): Call your governor and ask them to set up a state wide hate crime hotline  (if they don't already have one). Some counties have hotlines so check
Step 4: reblog the petition link and the call to contact your House Rep

Push Congress To Move Forward Bill to Create National Hate Crimes Hotline | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government 
  
"Since the election, there has been a reported explosion in hate crimes, the FBI has called for citizens to report them, but we currently do not have a simple way of doing that. A bill has been introduced in the House Judiciary Committee by Rep. Steve Israel to create a National Hate Crime Hotline (H.R. 6332: National Hate Crimes Hotline Act of 2016), similar to the NY state hotline that was just created. This should be a bipartisan bill, but it isn't likely to pass without serious pressure. Congress goes into recess on December 19th so we need to act fast.
 
Calling on the committee leadership to step up and pass this important measure - Bob Goodlatte (VA), John Conyers Jr (MI), Trent Franks (AZ), Trey Gowdy (SC), Darrell Issa (CA), Tom Marino (PA), and James Sensenbrenner (WI)."
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 Just  a quick note that I will be posting more political/activist items here. I would love to be able to make public posts that would allow people to opt out while still being able to read my journal, but I understand that  reading about some of these topics can be disturbing. What I've done in the past is to add a specific friends's journal to a "check only weekly" reading filter so I can quickly scan for personal or fannish posts that I might want t read.



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*Region*: National
*Category:* Healthcare
*Issue:* Protecting the Affordable Care Act
 
*Call to Action:* Many millions will lose their healthcare coverage if congress repeals President Obama's Affordable Care Act. We need to take action today.
 
*Contact your members of congress. You can send an email to them directly from this link, although as we know, phone calls are better. Please do both.
*Use the hashtag #SaveOurCare on social media, and make sure that your personal network is aware of this critical issue.
 
*Find out more about the potential impact if the ACA were to be revealed, using this interactive map:
*Attend one of the rallies happening today! MoveOn is a great resource to find out if there is a speak-out near you: 
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 "What do we do now?" Gordon asked.
 

"Now get out and pick a cause," one responded.....

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"......What happened today was the incompletion of a crazy "hail Mary" pass -- but also the launch of a movement that nobody saw coming. In the six weeks since, Trump's election, an uprising has been brewing that's heavily anchored and often led by women -- women who for the most part cared nothing for politics before the short-fingered vulgarian of Manhattan real estate launched into his orbit. 

Call it the "good girls revolt," in honor of 2016's short-lived Amazon TV drama about women magazine writers rising up against their misogynistic culture in the early 1970s. The show may have been canceled, but the spirit lives on in places like Philadelphia's western suburbs. Suddenly, women whose involvement in civic affairs once rarely extended beyond Parent-Teacher Night are now running political Facebook groups, trading the phone numbers of their local congressman (because in Pennsylvania, they're all men), and looking for places to bunk in January when they march on the White House......."

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 "........a local woman named Sarah Stone joined with others to create a group called Tuesdays with Toomey that now shows up once at week at his Philadelphia office to tell their stories and raise awareness, at least among his staffers. They started with 5 people and by Week 4 had more than 50; they'll be back this Tuesday at 12:30 to urge the Republican senator to cancel his punitive legislation against so-called "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants."

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On Jan 21, there will be a Women's March on Washington.
If you cannot make it to DC, there will be local marhces in alsmot every major city in the US. (just type "women's march" and the name of your city.


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The Indivisible Guide To Resisting The Trump Agenda (a step by step guide to fighting Trump) was inspired in Austin, Texas and then crowd-sourced around a living room table in Washington DC. This is the guide that spells out in simple steps:

1. Grab a few local friends or neighbors
2. Work in shifts and haunt your local state and federal reps local events, show up in person, ask hard questions and tweet about how they are failing you (and America)

"Levin and his wife, Leah, had gone to Austin, Texas, where he grew up, for the holiday, and had met with a college friend of his, named Sara Clough, at a local bar. Clough was an administrator of a private Facebook group that describes itself as “a place for support, healing, helping, sharing, community and love in the wake of the 2016 election.” Clough and others who belonged to progressive online communities—such as 
Pantsuit Nation—were “trying to figure out how best to act,” Levin said. “They knew that making calls and signing petitions were helpful, but then they hit a wall. They didn’t know what else to do or how to effectively engage Congress.” It seemed to Levin that there would be value in “describing what Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil already know.” As former congressional staffers—until 2011, Levin was the deputy policy director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents a district in central Texas—he and his friends could “demystify” congressional influence."

The New Yorker article has a call out from North Carolina:

"
But what really warm my heart are the local activists with a couple dozen followers who are jazzed up,” he said. “When someone writes, ‘To anybody else in North Carolina’s 3rd District, this is the guide we should get together and use,’ that’s just music to my ears."




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I am terrified and overwhelmed about the state of our nation, by the hate crimes, the loss of civil liberties, the cruelty and the dismantling of our democracy.  I feel powerless and small. I am disabled, the main provider and caretaker for my 80+ year old mother, and I have health issues that are starting to spiral out of control.

But I cannot not act. My plan is to do one thing every week. We will budget one hour each weekend to calling and writing our local reps, sending messages of support to fan friends and family, reading and learning about what is happening around us.  I want to make speaking out as much as part of me as my love for Star Trek and fan-vidding and fandom history.

I have a physical therapy routine that I must do every day of life. It is hard and discouraging because it can never counteract or fix or cure my physical decline. It hurts  every day and on some days it triggers vertigo and cognitive problems.  My rational mind  knows why I have to do the exercises but my heart sometimes wants to just lie down and stop. But eventually I have to get up because...well let's be real, I have to pee. And maybe eat something.  Turns out not peeing is not an option as long as you are still breathing.  

In other words, it took a while, but yesterday something clicked in my mind and I realized there were parallels between my failing body and our failing country. And then I realized that so many of us are in the same boat, struggling with our daily lives, feeling small, and powerless, and thinking we can do nothing stop the tsunami of hate.

I speak up because if I failed to speak up,  I would never forgive myself. I have lived in a country where I witnessed the enduring shame of the children and grandchildren of people who did not speak up. I have walked the same roads where millions traveled to their deaths and wondered what  I would do if I were faced with similar choices. 

I speak up because I want to answer that question in a way that will not haunt me today, tomorrow and beyond. 
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If you want to meet fellow fans who are fighting Trump? Or just want to meet fellow fans to work on self-care and fandom love?  If you want to build up your local personal contacts?  Drop me a PM or leave a comment at my blog.

Feel free to reblog, tweet etc.

edited: In a conservative city/state area? Feeling lonely and isolated and disempowered?  If  you were around for slash fandom in the 1970s-1990s, just remember how hard it was to find a fellow slash fan. But we managed. 

Here is a step by step guide on how to connect with other people - locally - to fight Trump. It only requires


1. 10 people from your local congress district (it can be less)
2. 2-3 hours a month
3. Two organizers
4. Access to an email list/group communication methods and a willingness to tweet/fb/blog about your activities,
5. Remember - you don;t have to fight everything. Just pick 3-4 key issues your group think are important.

The same tools can be used to create a local fan group for self-care and fandom love. Finding local fans will be crucial over the next years because local fans = people who can make a real, practical difference in your daily life (ex: Job networking, housing networking etc)

Rise Up

Dec. 17th, 2016 09:15 am
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 Copying and pasting from ryrda wong:

The admirable Mother Jones have brought out their new FIGHT LIKE HELL collection of t-shirts, hoodies, etc., with designs based round the famous "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living" quote from the original Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (and also some RISE UP designs if you want to go for that Hamilton vibe).


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I know that the election has depressed many of us. It has terrified even more of us and with good reason. Day by day the news gets grimmer and the Trump  Drumpf presidency has not even begun.

But there is something each of us can do. Also day by day. It is something we control - ourselves. We can can choose how we respond to those around us.  With love. With resolve. With fierceness. This week:

-I read about anti-Semitic graffiti appearing on the sidewalks  in my neighborhood. When neighbors on the community forum  alerted the community and reached out to our anti-graffiti city services, their posts were flagged. As I am a moderator in our neighborhood, I was able to remove the flags.   And I reported the person who flagged every single post in the thread (over flagging is a violation of the terms of service). I also wrote to each of the people who were flagged to thank them for speaking out.
-my mother and I bought a small menorah to replace the one stolen from her senior center holiday display. My mother also bought one for the neighbor - it was her personal menorah that had been stolen.
-I listened to an African America friend talk about the hostile reaction she got from a  white police officer while waiting in line for an oil change. He was ticketing someone and blocked her from moving (for 15 minutes)  and then glared at her and ostentatiously ran her plates. All she was doing was sitting in her car, in line, with her windows rolled up, waiting for an oil change.
-We reached out to a local LGBT teen group to start discussions on funding self-defense classes.

We live in California, in a very liberal area. The graffiti was removed in 24 hrs, someone else put another menorah in the community area so now there will be two, I invited my friend to have dinner with us over the winter break, and we will see what happens with the LGBT youth center.


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Here is a group of activists who worked on Hillary Clinton's campaign that has started "Flip The House, Senate, President Blue"

They offer daily action calls and a newsletter.

https://www.flippable.org/act-now/
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We’ve Got Your Back


 Recent events have left many thousands of our San José residents — about forty percent of whom were born in a foreign country — in fear. Some of our neighbors, friends, and family fear changes in immigration rules or enforcement that could separate their families. Others voice concerns about proposed federal “registries” of community members of the Muslim faith. Still others point to the nationwide spike in “hate crimes” in recent days.
 
 I have sought — through Spanish-language television, social media, and in public demonstrations — to convey a simple message to our wonderfully diverse community: “We’ve got your back.” 
 
 What do I mean by that, “We’ve got your back?” We cannot control the events in Washington, D.C., but we can do much to care for each other here at home: 
 
 We will Not Tolerate “Hate Crimes” in San José
 Police Chief Eddie Garcia and the rest of our Police Department are committed to enforce the law against anyone engaged in committing hate crimes against our residents, such as last week’s attack on a hijab-wearing student at San Jose State University. The immigration status of the victim or of the reporting party do not matter, and will not be reported. Please report all such incidents to the Police Department, at 408–277–8911 or online; for additional assistance, please reach out to our local partners.
 
 We Will Not Allow Our Police To Be Used for Federal Immigration Enforcement
 Changes to immigration laws and enforcement remain within the province of federal policy makers. However, the police chiefs of most major U.S. cities — including our own — agree that local police should not involve themselves in federal immigration enforcement; doing so undermines public safety, by discouraging critically-needed cooperation in diverse communities. Consider, for example, how fear of apprehension or deportation could undermine our efforts to ensure reliable reporting of fires or medical emergencies, provision of witness statements, reporting of victimization, tipping about pending gang violence, or testimony in court. Moreover, our sparsely-staffed police must focus their scarce time on violent, predatory, and other high-priority crimes. We will continue to follow the best practices of local law enforcement professionals nationally by staying out of immigration enforcement. 
 
 We Will Protect the Constitutional Rights of San José Residents
 Campaign rhetoric does not always receive the benefit of prior thoughtful analysis, so we cannot know if assertions made on the stump — such as those relating to Muslim “registries” — will materialize into action. Nonetheless, we will closely monitor any proposed legislation or executive actions from the new administration, and work closely with our congressional representatives, other major cities, and if necessary, the courts, to protect the Constitutional rights of our residents. We’ve had success joining together in the past and will be prepared to do so again.
 
 We Will Support Our Community Through Our Office of Immigrant Affairs
 In my first weeks in office, we created an Office of Immigrant Affairs to take advantage of then-existing federal programs to legalize status of our residents and improve access to City services-such as for the immigrant entrepreneurs who launch half of our City’s small businesses each year. Director Zulma Maciel and the City have made considerable progress-launching “citizenship corners” in a dozen libraries, hastening the translation of key applications and documents, and boosting multilingual small business permitting assistance, for example. Check our website or local non-profits able to assist for assistance. Student “dreamers” born in a foreign country may also find helpful information at United We Dream.
 
 As French resistance leader Andre Malraux urged, “Instead of lamenting the absurdity of the world, let us try to transform the corner of it into which we were born.” We’ve got much work to do to take care of each other, and to transform San José’s corner of the world. We’ve got your back.


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