[Marxism] Fwd: CCR News: Trump’s White Christian Nation

Ron Jacobs ronj1955 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 6 08:31:51 MST 2017

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From: Center for Constitutional Rights <alerts at ccrjustice.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Subject: CCR News: Trump’s White Christian Nation
To: Ronald Jacobs <ronj1955 at gmail.com>

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[image: O] Muslim ban 2.0 will meet the same resistance in the streets and
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[image: O] Sanctuary and solidarity with immigrants as round-ups begin
[image: O] Resources for the Resistance <#m_-4976378502147834302_3>

[image: Sign held up in march against Muslim ban] Muslim ban 2.0 will meet
the same resistance in the streets and in the courts

Reports circulated last week that the expected do-over of the Muslim ban
was imminent and here at CCR we immediately readied our response. Trump and
his advisers have not bothered to conceal their prejudice or discriminatory
intent and minor adjustments in the language will not alter the ban's
fundamentally repugnant character as an act of state-sponsored bigotry. It
will meet the same resistance as the first one, in the streets as well as
the courts.

Trump's first Muslim ban was responsible for grave harm to thousands of
individuals whose lives and families were upended, and CCR filed a
complaint with the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general
in response. Meanwhile, the administration's words and actions alike have
encouraged the predictable violence and harassment of those labeled
"other" with deadly consequences. Recently, a white man yelled "get out of
my country
opened fire on two Indian immigrants in a Kansas bar, killing one of them
and injuring the other as well as a bystander who intervened. The White
Nationalist House was silent in response (as it was after the terrorist
attack on a Quebec mosque that killed six people), and only issued a
statement under fire a week later.

The same is true for the administration's reaction to the rise in
anti-Semitic hate crimes. Schools, cemeteries, and Jewish community centers
have been vandalized, defaced with swastikas, and threatened, and while
Muslim Americans have responded in solidarity
and raised funds to restore gravestones, official administration response
again came only after intense pressure. Trump himself, meanwhile, suggested
that the attacks might be false flags

Trump's promise/threat to "make America great again" is a vision of white
Christian nationalism, silencing, banishing, or making subservient all

[image: Woman holds up sign in support of sanctuary cities] Sanctuary and
solidarity with immigrants as round-ups begin

While the Muslim ban seeks a whitening and Christianizing of the U.S. by
keeping certain people out, Trump's executive order on immigration
and the regulations
issued by DHS pursuant to it serve the same goal by detaining and deporting
millions of predominantly brown-skinned immigrants.

CCR denounced
the executive order immediately, calling it "brutal" and "a betrayal of our
most important political, moral, and constitutional values." And in
January, together with our partners at the Immigrant Defense Project
we published a toolkit
to inform the public about ways to protect against ICE's unlawful tactics.
Meanwhile, protesters have taken to the streets by the thousands in
response to stepped-up ICE raids and churches are creating networks
of safe houses and sanctuary spaces.

Whereas Muslims are equated with terrorists by the administration and its
followers, immigrants are equated with criminals. The White Nationalist
House claims that ICE is only rounding up criminal aliens, but by sleigh of
hand they are simply redefining most undocumented immigrants as criminals.
The DHS rules
call for rounding up not just those with criminal convictions (like Guadalupe
who had used a false social security number, a necessity in order to work),
but those merely charged with any crime; those not yet charged with a crime
(people who "have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal
offense"); and those who "in the judgment of an immigration officer,
otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security" – in other
words, anyone they want to.

Under these circumstances, racist policing strategies like broken windows
(which intentionally targets low-level offenses like turnstile jumping)
that ensnare millions in the criminal justice system become additionally a
tool of Trump's ethnic cleansing regime. Sanctuary cities like New York,
which refuse to ask for or pass on immigration status information to
federal authorities, thus have a long way to go before they can truly claim
to be safe harbor for immigrants. Immigrant communities and rights
advocates have been calling on Mayor de Blasio
specifically to end the NYPD's broken windows policy.

"Sanctuary cities must extend protection from *all* forms of
state-sanctioned violence, especially those that overlap," CCR Bertha
Justice Institute Fellow Stephanie Llanes
last month. "Radical transformation is needed and, for better or for worse,
Trump’s presidency presents an opportunity to change our local and state
policies—not only to reduce harm, not only to create shields, but also to
create true sanctuaries."

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serves as a hub page for everything from protest calendars to toolkits and
know-your-rights trainings to reading lists and curricula. Check it out
and share it with fellow resisters!
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