Unite Against Trump Agenda: Building United Front in Boston Area

December 02, 2016 at 7:00pm - 9pm
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We stand with and applaud all those who are speaking out and denouncing Harvard for giving Bannon and the Trump Team of racist bigots a platform at the Kennedy School to legitimize their white supremacist agenda. While the Democratic Party consciously worked to “elevate” the Trump campaign, corporate media outlets like CNN sought to profit from it, making each responsible and complicit in his ascension into the Oval Office.

Both the Democratic and Republican elite have shown us they will not stand up for the immigrant community, the Muslim community, nor woman, the disabled or the LGBTQ community. They are both unwilling and incapable of waging a fight against the Trump agenda, instead calling on people to ensure he “succeeds.” Trump’s “success”, however, would mean the terrorizing of immigrant and Muslim communities, an increase in the already ever present police harassment and brutality centered in Black communities, the destruction of women’s health care services and the slashing of vital social services.

In Massachusetts, we have had our own “Trumps” to contend with.

Over 400 calls reporting hate crimes throughout the state have come into the Attorney General’s office in a single week.

We have Democrats at the State House have refused to pass bills that would greatly benefit the immigrant community – from the Trust Act that would severely limit local police cooperation with immigration authorities to the Safe Driving Bill that would allow undocumented immigrants a driver’s license to increasing access to higher education through in-state tuition for undocumented students.

We have local and state officials who continually slash our education budgets and are pushing for the closure of more and more schools.

We have slumlords and real estate developers who are neglecting and gentrifying our communities, pushing out long-time residents through evictions and rent increases. 

We have local police departments throughout the state who harass and brutalize Black and Brown communities on a daily basis, and their so-called police “unions” who enthusiastically endorsed the Trump campaign. From the most recent murder by Boston Police of Terrence Coleman to dozens more across the state who have been killed by the local police, not a single cop guilty cop has been prosecuted and convicted. 

This moment is about building a movement and building power in our communities to defend those who have been targeted and shifting resources to serve the needs of poor and working people. Our communities deserve full rights for all immigrants, an end to police brutality, quality housing for all, free education, universal healthcare, full equality for the LGBTQ community and an end to the ableism that harms and marginalizes the disabled.

Dozens of organizations throughout the state have been working on these issues prior to the election and there is a great need to support these efforts. Thousands across the state and across the country have already come out into the streets in protest. Buses are being organized from across the country, includng Boston, to bring tens of thousands together in mass protest at the Presidential Inauguration on January 20th in Washington D.C. 

History has shown that none of this will be handed to us – we need to fight for it as an organized force. We invite you to join us for an organizing meeting to discuss how we can continue building local unity, solidarity and resistance in the lead up to the inauguration in D.C. and beyond. Together, we can win.

Diana Tifase Husayn Karimi Hira Chaudhry Nino Brown Mary Slayter

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