The #PowerToAct Challenge

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Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act. (Proverbs 3:27 NIV)

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of evangelical Christians—along with most Americans overall, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—want Congress to permanently resolve the situations of “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought as children to the U.S. who are poised to lose their permission to work and their protections from deportation as a result of the cancellation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. And just this week, over ten thousand evangelical leaders and pastors have signed on to letters demanding an end to the new “zero tolerance” policy that is separating children and families at the border.  

Congress has the power to act, but Members of Congress are much more likely to do so if they are convinced that their constituents see a solution for Dreamers and vulnerable immigrant children and families as a priority.

Ask your member of Congress today:

Please stand up for immigrant children, ensuring that those being brought to the border recently are neither detained nor separated from their parents, and that those brought many years ago, whom we know as Dreamers, are able to earn citizenship here in the country where they have grown up. 

Please also make sure that our immigration policies respect the unity of the family, both by immediately reuniting those who have been divided as a result of the recent “zero tolerance” policy and by insisting that we do not restrict family reunification visas.

It is in your power to act by making a simple phone call to a Member of Congress whose job is to represent you. Your power to act is even greater when you then challenge others to make the same call. And we also believe that prayer is a form of action—we’ve prepared a downloadable five-day prayer guide for Dreamers to help get you started. 

You may have ended up here because a friend or family member specifically challenged you to use your power to act. Or you might want to start a chain reaction by taking action and challenging others. Either way, here are the 3 simple steps of the #PowerToAct Challenge:

  1. Call. When you use this form, we’ll determine a key Member of Congress who represents your zip code, and you’ll immediately receive a phone call connecting you to his or her office. Simply leave a message (whether with the receptionist or on a voicemail system), sharing your name, your address (so they know you’re really a constituent), and the message that you want to encourage the Member of Congress to use their power to act on behalf of vulnerable immigrant children and families. 
     

  2. Share. Make a short video with your smartphone and/or write a post explaining why you took this action—whether because of your faith, to stand with a particular immigrant you know personally, because of the economic impact on your community, or any other reason—and challenge others to join in the #PowerToAct Challenge as well. See examples below.
  3. Challenge. Post your challenge to a social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, tagging at least three specific friends whom you know care about immigrant children and families, whom you want to challenge to take action. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #PowerToAct and to link to www.PowerToAct.org.

Here are some examples of people who are already taking action:

 

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