Guns still too easy, DREAMers at risk, and I-VAWA on the House floor: Civic action to-do list for 3/5/18

3. Congress MUST ACT

Every person has the right to live free from the fear of being gunned down in the next mass shooting - and yet we begin another week without a single piece of gun violence prevention legislation up for a vote in Congress. NO abuser should be able to purchase a gun, assault weapons MUST be banned, and gun owners deemed at risk of hurting themselves or others should have their firearms REMOVED. Call your senators and tell them that delaying commonsense gun violence prevention legislation is unacceptable.

2. March for DREAMers

Dreamers represent our best and brightest - our college and graduate school students, social workers, EMS professionals, and members of our military - but six months ago the Trump Administration put their lives in jeopardy. Each day that Congress doesn’t find a legislative solution for these young people brings fear and anxiety to the more than 800,000 DREAMers who are at risk of being deported from the country they call home. Follow the #LetMyPeopleStay hashtag on Instagram to see the Jewish community stand in solidarity with the immigrant community marching today for guaranteed protection for these young people.

1. International Women's Day

Worldwide, one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. The International Violence Against Women Act, a bill that recognizes that “violence against women and girls is embedded in cultural and societal norms” and that it will take a long-term effort to foster equality in societies around the globe, was introduced in the House of Representatives. Even though it is unlikely that I-VAWA will pass in this divided Congress, please let your representative know that the issue is important to you. On Thursday, March 8th, International Women’s Day, call your representative and tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 5034.