We have moved into an era of constant attack, where we must fight against hate, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and sexism. Disorientation, fear, and pain are now an everyday reality for millions in our communities.
This administration wants to ban our Muslim brothers and sisters from entering the country, launch massive raids to deport, incarcerate, and separate millions of undocumented families, expand private prisons to fill them up with more black and brown bodies, give more power to local police to racially profile our communities, and infringe upon the rights of Native Americans.
Every one of these actions has a common denominator: this administration wants to divide us. Based on our immigration status, our skin color, our religious affiliation, or our sexual identity.
It is our job to resist. It is our job to say loud and clear: not on our watch. Not in my home. Not in my neighborhood. Not in my community. Not in my movement.
Demand that local elected officials stand with us in defiance.
Build sanctuary communities where hospitals, schools, business owners, faith communities, neighborhoods, cities, counties and states are safe spaces for those under attack.
Run for office and replace elected officials who do not take meaningful action to resist the divisive attacks being perpetrated by this administration.
We must fight to ensure that we ALL feel safe in our local communities – and it will require a focus on places and people many of us tend to ignore in our advocacy. There is no one-size-fits-all plan, and no law, legislator or national movement leader who will come save us. The responsibility lies with us and, we must start this work in our own backyards.
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If current trends continue, one in four black men born today can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetime. African-Americans are imprisoned at six times the rate of whites and a report by the Department of Justice found that African-Americans were three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop, compared to white motorists. Together, African-Americans and Latinos comprised 57 percent of all prisoners in 2014, even though African-Americans and Latinos make up approximately one quarter of the US population. These outcomes are not reflective of increased crime by communities of color, but rather a disparity in enforcement and reporting mechanisms. African-Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. This is an unspeakable tragedy.
We must ensure police departments are not abusing avenues of due process to shield bad actors from accountability. Local governments and police management must show zero tolerance for abuses of police power at all levels. All employees of any kind deserve due process protections, but it must be clear that departments will vigorously investigate and, if necessary, prosecute to the fullest extent.
African-Americans and Latinos comprise well over half of all prisoners, even though African-Americans and Latinos make up approximately one quarter of the total U.S. population. We must fight to end federal, state and municipal contracts with for-profit private prisons within two years. Termination of these contracts will eliminate the incentive for the private prison industry to support punitive, overinclusive laws that lead to the detention of 34,000 immigrants on any given day.
In too many instances, deportation programs like the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), the 287(g) program, and the Criminal Alien Program have unjustly turned local law enforcement officials into immigration officers. Racial profiling and the criminalization of communities of color form the foundation of these deportation programs which should be eliminated.
We must fight to wholeheartedly reject the “The Great Sanctuary City Slander” as the politics of fear, and support enacting community trust policies. These policies will strengthen relationships between community members and local law enforcement, respect the constitutional rights of immigrants, and reflect the will of the local electorate.
Based on the constitutionally enshrined principle of habeas corpus, we need to increase access to legal counsel for detained immigrants.