In the one month since Donald Trump took office, he and his Administration have sent a resounding message to people of vibrant ethnic, racial, faith, class and gender identities, to people with disabilities, to LGBTQ communities, and to immigrants and refugees: his Administration does not value our bodies, lives, rights, families, livelihoods, communities, aspirations and dreams.
Trump plans to use the federal government to increase the criminalization of communities of color. His executive orders attack our collective safety with the construction of pipelines on Indigenous lands and walls between nations, the suspension of refugee programs, the bans on entry of individuals from Muslim-majority countries, the punishment of sanctuary cities, and the elimination of programs that protect undocumented immigrants. His call for federal law enforcement in Black neighborhoods is another way to target communities of color through a hateful campaign. It is clear that this Administration’s rhetoric and policies serve only to criminalize and dehumanize large segments of our country, and will inevitably embolden others to target our communities for hate violence, discrimination, bullying, and harassment.
We reject this. We condemn this. We resist this.
We reject the outright criminalization and dehumanization of large segments of the American population.
We condemn the racial hatred implicit in the policies of the Trump Administration. We resist these attempts to control and constrain the liberties and freedoms of our communities.
Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, and faith communities have endured - and continue to experience - the effects of enslavement, genocide, internment, surveillance, xenophobia, religious bigotry, homophobia, sexism, systemic racism, and Islamophobia. We know from our own collective histories that solidarity and resistance movements can and will change the direction of our nation. We have more in common than not, and we refuse to let the politics of fear and divisiveness prevail. Instead, we stand together as a united front against any policies rooted in fear, racial and religious bigotry, xenophobia, and hate.
Urgently, we call upon all people of conscience to join us in resistance and solidarity. We ask you to:
Make public statements denouncing the language and policies of criminalization sanctioned by Trump’s executive orders
Affirm solidarity with those most vulnerable through words and actions that name and center the myriad of ways that our identities, dignity and humanity are all under attack
Urge local elected officials and policymakers to stand firm in declaring their cities, schools and neighborhoods hate-free zones and safe spaces with public statements and enforceable policies
Call upon federal representatives to advocate against the implementation of the executive orders and the expansion of the role and size of law enforcement in our communities
Refuse to comply with any efforts that could lead to the implementation of the executive orders
Raise awareness of the impact of the executive orders and the importance of resistance and solidarity through conversations, forums, civil disobedience actions, and prayer services
Provide support to places of faith, community centers, and grassroots organizations on the frontlines of resisting the executive orders
Last of all, we ask you to make a choice. To raise your voice. To give your time. To organize for a peaceful and inclusive society. And to stand united together with each other and with us in true solidarity.
If you are ready to join others who have taken the pledge, sign here.