There are a lot of links this week about Trump’s policy of separating children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents for unknown periods of time. I have grouped them all together and have also included some things that you can do if you’re an American citizen. Of all the things the Trump administration has done, so far this one is the worst, IMO, although there are a lot of contenders for most lives destroyed among their many policy decisions. Every day that they delay in fixing this more children are torn from their parents. As of Friday, the number is 2000.
What is going on at the border is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away. We have to keep fighting this until it stops. We must.
What can you do? 5Calls has scripts you can use. The bill in the senate is the Keep Families Together Act. The bill in the House is the HELP for Separated Children Act. Do not be fooled by Cornyn’s “Humane Act”– it is anything but. Here are some scripts you can use from Celeste Pewter, along with additional activism items you can do. Note that if you live in Texas near the border, she suggests talking to your local city/county/state legislative staff. Donate to Raices Texas to help keep track of families and to help with bail for adults. There’s probably other places to donate, but I’m not linking the others I’ve seen because I’m not sure how legitimate they are. Feel free to post any you know about and trust in the comments.
Trump administration has selected a US border facility near El Paso to build a tent city with 450 beds for migrant children. This facility, unlike the (now overcrowded) one that has been in the news that was originally designated as a temporary place for unattended minor to stay while their cases were being sorted out, will not have to be a licensed daycare facility. That means a whole lot of regulations they they will not be having to follow. It strikes terror in my heart and got me to call again on Friday. More info— they hope to hold up to 5,000 children in tent cities.
We don’t know where the babies and toddlers are going. WE DON’T KNOW. They took a baby who was nursing from its mother’s breast. They separated a child with severe epilepsy and autism from his grandmother.
We did this back in the 1930s too. This woman’s grandfather never truly healed from that separation, even though he was reunited with his family.
I can’t even with this story about a 4 month old whose father was deported.
ICE captures and detains legal resident
Long but very important post from Captain Awkward on how you can help people with depression
Also not satire: Nobody wants to work at the white house so it had a job fair.
Also not satire: Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together
Florida stopped background checks on concealed weapon permits for a year
If you live in a state that is doing one of these frivolous lawsuits against the ACA that the justice department has decided not to defend against, figure out if your attorney general is elected or appointed– if elected, see who the challenger is and support them! There’s also more actions you can do, including those from 5calls.
Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences finds landmark US study
In case you didn’t catch what Fridging was the first time Anita Sarkenseen explained it, here’s a link. Also, here’s a bunch of pieces on being told to smile which is super irritating.
Existing only in relation to someone else. I don’t really find much identity from being a wife or a mother… I feel like those are things I do (though I also see the wife thing as a bit of armor, since my DH looks scary and like he could protect me from harassment). But I do have a lot of identity tied up in my career and training– being an economist really is what I *am*. The poster tweet in the comments is really amazing.
Intersectionality or GTFO
Why Diversity programs fail
Two types of diversity training that really work.
Books not guns
How linkedin made this failmom into a socialist
Here’s what you can do to save net neutrality.
How to remove your information from Spokeo, Mylife, PeopleSmart, Intelius and other people finder sites.
Looks like I won’t be getting PG&E dividends for quite some time…
Congrats to yet another pf blog!
Check out delagar’s big idea!
Leigh adjusts her family’s giving strategy.
Does sunlight help you against the flu?
Does weed help you focus?
I feel attacked
This seems like work but also delicious
I’m into this
An excellent musical sketch about the NYTimes OpEd…