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So scared they will avoid seeing a doctor …go hungry, get sick and some immigrants die

Friends,People's Action

Some facts about being an immigrant that most folks ignore!

At American Friends Service Committee in Iowa, we talk to fearful families like these all the time. They’ve been in the U.S. for years, working and paying taxes, hoping our government will finally sort out its broken immigration system and give them credit for all of the contributions they make to our society.

But now, when their child gets sick, or they run out of food, they’re scared – so scared, in fact, that they’ll avoid seeing a doctor, or go hungry.

This is not right. But I’m ashamed to admit, this is exactly what our government wants: to make it harder and harder for immigrant families to live peacefully and be a part of our communities.

The irony is that the same lawmakers who are most likely to criminalize and demonize immigrants solely for political gain – Grassley, King and Reynolds – are the same ones who depend most on contributions from the industries that rely the most on immigrant labor, especially Big Ag. This is especially true of those lawmakers who claim to be farmers themselves. This is an open secret in Iowa, but it’s one that’s rarely discussed.

Immigrants who do qualify for citizenship or residency already go through a rigorous screening process when they apply for permanent status,, including one that ensures they will not become a “public charge” by relying on public assistance.

That’s why the Trump administration’s new “screen” on immigrants is phony, and so unfair: its only purpose is to stigmatize and disqualify all immigrants who have ever sought any kind of medical or food aid, even temporarily.

Who among us hasn’t needed help at some point in our lives, whether from our extended family, church community, neighbors or social services?

As a child growing up in small-town Iowa, my family had to ask for help more than once. We were grateful to receive it, and it’s part of what made me feel this state was a great place to live. And that’s why I work hard to ensure that other families who need help today get what they need, too. This is the kind of generosity of spirit that Iowa is known for, and should always be known for. We shouldn’t let fearful, small-minded folks define us any other way.

We’re gearing up to fight back against Trump and his minions and we need your help to do so. Can you donate $20.18 Today to help us push back against changing the “public charge” rule and against these racist ideas? If you’ve already donated in the past, you can use the express donate links below to make your donation immediately.
In Solidarity,
Erica Johnson

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Urge Congressional Leaders to #ProtectBlackDissent

Newly leaked documents show that the FBI has lied about the extent of its tracking of Black activists, while consistently obscuring the real threat of white supremacy.1 In the wake of recent attacks in Dayton, OH, Gilroy, CA and El Paso, TX, it’s time for Congress to act quickly and decisively to hold the Bureau accountable.

FBI director Christopher Wray testified to Congress earlier this year that his agency no longer uses the “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) label and that they focus on violence and not ideology in determining what to investigate.2 Yet documents obtained by The Young Turks make clear that the Bureau under Trump has not only continued programs related to the groundless BIE label, but prioritized these investigations over the targeting of white supremacists and other known terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda. They also developed a new infiltration program called “Iron Fist” to “mitigate the threat posed by the BIE movement at a national level” — without citing any actual terrorist activities conducted by these groups.

The FBI cannot be trusted. We’re calling on Congressional leaders to help end “Iron Fist” and all FBI programs based on the made-up “Black Identity Extremist” label, to stop the Bureau from grouping white supremacist incidents with Black protests against police violence, and to force them to be transparent about the funding used to investigate domestic terrorist groups.

The FBI is directing its resources into improperly surveilling and criminalizing Black activists for their right to dissent at the exact time white supremacists are organizing online and violently attacking communities of color. This dangerous prioritization and false assessment is putting millions of lives at risk.

Join us today in urging Rep. Elijah Cummings (Chair of the House Oversight & Reform Committee), Rep. Jerry Nadler (Chair of the House Judiciary Committee), and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee) to use their oversight powers to force the FBI to meet our demands and #ProtectBlackDissent.


1. Leaked FBI Documents Reveal Bureau’s Priorities Under Trump, The Young Turks
2. FBI Abandons Use of Term “Black Identity Extremism, The Wall Street Journal

War On Women … it’s 2019 and the era of trump has got to end!


The War On Women …

In this era of trump, it appears as if inappropriate behavior on so many levels has not only found folks inciting, perpetrating and or engaging in intimidation; it also seems ok all over the World not just here in the good’ole US of A.  There are folks assaulting women, beating POC, some are  participating in hate crimes, others are not only tossing out threats like these things aren’t against the law. Now, there are reports of folks more willing to commit mass murder in the name of MAGA   ….it has to stop

In 2016, we saw conservative activists and Republican Governors assaulting not only a woman’s right to choose but making it incredibly difficult for Women to get to a clinic by quietly closing them one after the other. Thing is, these clinics also provide other services …like mammograms, cancer screenings, referrals and when it comes to abortions the idea that someone least we talk about a potus would state that women should receive some sort of punishment, gets a …wtf?

Question, do you think anyone in the White House has done research on unsafe abortions at all? or cares?

In a nation created by and of immigrants, the current guy, holding power as POTUS, seems to lean toward white nationalism, was is a birther and his War On Women flag was confirmed when he gave employers control over a woman’s body… that’s my take.  It’s bad enough that clinics are being systematically closed by those leaning right, but now women in need of any type of reproductive procedure must travel several miles for it! If they can travel.  These clinics, which are there to help women and men, are now left without safe affordable health care close enough that delivers “health care” in all its forms. The loss of these clinics and the impact on regular women rarely get news coverage; continue to be quietly eliminated along with killing the reputations of doctors.

Unfortunately, Doctors in the business of helping women by providing general health care as well as safe reproductive products/ procedures have suffered over thirty years of intimidation, threats and violence, were in the crosshairs of a republican trifecta with an odd take on family values! It is a sad day when their strange family values are pushing women, forcing them to fight for or struggle with health issues that affluent women probably do not!

We must remind folks of what facilities like Planned Parenthood do…

Why is it so difficult for people like brett kavanaugh to believe and accept that women at the age of 17 and older who request a reproductive procedure understand that it is a right, not a privilege. While it seems like providing a place where safe affordable health care is given is the right thing to do, oddly enough it still needs to be reiterated to republicans…so let us say it over and over …Women exercise their right to choose at this moment constitutional ! It’s about Freedom and CHOICE.  I have to admit, one would assume that republicans, pledging to be Constitutionalist would back away from actions that clearly conflict with laws on the books least we talk about the idea that freedom and choice sound like at least two beliefs conservatives seem to push whenever possible but of course only when it suits their ideology … going out of their way to disrespect a woman’s intelligence and  or the relationship with their doctor’s by legislating against it, is shameful.

~ Nativegrl77

So, what does Packing and Cracking mean to you as a voter? …

Redistricting or

~ Packing~  opposition voters into districts (concentrate as many voters of one type – maybe party&race ) means they already win 

~ Cracking~  the remainder among districts where they are moved into the minority (increasing votes for eventual losers), the number of wasted votes among the opposition can be maximized. Similarly, with supporters holding narrow margins in the unpacked districts, the number of wasted votes among supporters is minimized.

So, the question is … what will help all American voters

paper ballots, digital voting, touchID, passcodes … something has to change!

How obvious is it to note that it’s time to deal with old outdated complicit relationships that conflict with ethics morality democracy …oh separation of powers, church and state least we talk about the Constitution 

 Time to wipe up the Congressional floor with Republican ideologies.

The things that are on my mind while Congress continues to take a few days here there making it a whole less than the 270-365 days at work usually required by the rest of us… called a congressional recess? seriously

Voters who believe in Equality in all its forms …We Must Stand up to congressional redistricting & continue to Stay in LINE for our democracy … please use your most powerful weapon … VOTE

Mid-term 2018 Elections Mattered and thank goodness Voters said yep a check and balances is needed in this era of trump … but is it enough? the guy seems outta control and people who either worked there or know folks who work there are trying to warn us the guy is suffering from mental illness on some level … why is this being ignored by congressional members or senate leader mitch mcconnell ?


~~ Nativegrl77