STAND FOR ALL AMERICA January 14th—
STAND FOR ALL AMERICA
JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK, CENTER FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE, UNITED WE DREAM AND SEIU
In the coming months, Americans will face unprecedented challenges that will test our commitment to our nation’s democracy, to civil rights and to justice.
President-elect Trump’s intentions have dangerous consequences for our country: people unfairly targeted because of race and ethnicity under a controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, millions of immigrants potentially torn from their families and deported; Muslims forced to sign up to a registry; refugees escaping violence and inhumane conditions no longer welcome in the U.S. Whether these injustices happen will depend on our ability to collectively rise up and defend our most vulnerable.
President-elect Trump’s uninformed and racist statements regarding police violence in communities of color will have serious consequences. The incoming Trump administration will further marginalize and criminalize our communities by pushing for private prisons and blindly backing law enforcement when police kill black men and women no matter the circumstances. We have marched across the country to protest the senseless police killings of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Keith Lamont Scott, Walter Scott and countless others. But the anger over these incidents have their roots in a larger reality: distrust of a system that devalues the lives of black people and people of color.
To fight back against hatred, racism and bigotry, we urge all Americans to stand up. Stand with immigrants. Stand with African American communities. Stand with Muslim Americans. Stand with refugees.
Trump wants to divide us to conquer us. The first test will be whether we can stand together with those who are least popular and most vulnerable.
On January 14, two events will take place in DC that will reaffirm our commitment to civil rights, justice and rights for immigrants and people of color. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement, United We Dream and SEIU will host a Stand Together To Protect Immigrant and Refugee Rights rally and event from 11 am to 1 pm at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, located at 1518 M Street NW in Washington DC. Also on the 14th, the National Action Network will host a We Shall Not Be Moved march and rally. The march will begin at 11 at the National Sylvan Theater and will culminate at the West Potomac Park, where the rally will begin at noon.
The immigrant rights movement will also host dozens of events across the country to stand in solidarity with these actions in the Capitol. Through these events the immigrant rights and African American communities pledge our commitments to continue to fight to protect and defend our rights, standing together in support of each other and in advance of the civil rights of all Americans.