Support Syrian and Iraqi refugees
A sobering anniversary Urge your elected officials to do all they can to end the war in Syria and to respond generously to the humanitarian crisis. Background: March 15 marks the five year anniversary of the brutal war in Syria. The conflict began with nonviolent protests, asking for democratic reforms and increased rights. But it quickly spiraled into an armed conflict involving the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others.
Support criminal justice reform
Action: Urge your senators to support S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. Background: The United States currently incarcerates 2.4 million people, more than any other country in the world. Decades of harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have caused the prison population to swell.
End family detention
Action: Send a letter to President Obama urging him to end family detention. Background: Last year, more than 60,000 mothers and children fled their homes in Central America and came to the U.S. seeking asylum (another 60,000 children traveled without a parent). A combination of factors have contributed to this migration, including domestic violence, gang violence, drought, and poverty in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Address Israeli military detention of minors
Invite your Members of Congress to attend a briefing on children in Israeli military detention.
Urge Congress to support the Green Climate Fund
Action: Urge your members of Congress to support the Green Climate Fund in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.