The time to act is now.
For more than a year, our community has come under direct assault from Donald Trump and politicians who have fanned the flames of fear against communities of color and immigrants to win political support. They have put forward an agenda that is tearing our families apart, and goes against the fundamental values of fairness and equality that many of us hold dear.
iAmerica Action, Mi Familia Vota and Indivisible have joined together to revamp the popular Indivisible guide. This summer, thousands of Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Black immigrant voices will join those who are already calling on their members of Congress to resist the Trump agenda as we stand up for values that make us a stronger, better nation.
Together, we have the power to resist—and we have the power to win. We know this because we’ve seen it before.
Why your voice is so important
Our communities are under attack and nothing will change until we step up and start fighting back. Typically, members of Congress do not hear from their Latino, AAPI and Black immigrant constituents. If we want to derail the many attacks that are coming at our community every day, we are going to have to make sure that our representatives hear from us regularly and often and in historic numbers.
We need a flood of activity that makes it clear that we will not be silent, we will not be taken for granted, and we will not be scared into inaction. Later in this document, you will learn about the Tea Party—a movement of very conservative, mostly white voters who upended the Obama administration by becoming very vocal. We can do the same thing.
There is another reason your voice is so important:
Nearly a million new Latino voters become eligible to vote every year and there are more Asian Pacific Islander and Black immigrant voters than at any time in history. No one is more aware of these shifts than members of Congress, especially those in states with large populations of Latino, AAPI and Black immigrant voters. That growth—and those new votes—give us power.
But first, we have to mobilize.
Note to immigrants and noncitizens
What rights do citizens and noncitizens have?
The Constitution protects the rights of all persons living in the United States, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or immigration status to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression applies to all people in the United States.
What does that mean?
It means you have the right to have your voice heard in Congress.
It means you can call, tweet, text and write members of Congress.
Your voice is important.
This guide will help you figure out how you can best stand up for the values you believe in and how you and your family can maximize your participation in the democratic process as permitted by applicable laws.
We are living in scary times. So while we encourage noncitizens to join us as we stand up and speak out, we also want people to be safe and comfortable doing so.