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June 21, 2018
Day 528 of 1461 daysDear Co-defendants –
IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE, CAN IT?
Well, yes, it is happening here. Who among us would ever have guessed, two years ago, that this country would be separating children from parents and interning thousands of them in separate and secret facilities? Who would? Nobody. But that’s where we are.
Because of racism, in tandem with colossal incompetence, the Trump administration has successfully created a stain that will not wash out of our national history. We will be forever marked by it, as we are still marked by the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. The interned Japanese Americans were never a problem at any time during the war; they were imprisoned because of hysteria and baseless fear. Similarly, the Latino children, all 2300 of them, have never posed a problem for the United States; they too are kept in cages due to fear and hysteria whipped up, and promoted by, Donald J Trump and his despicable associates.
Trump’s recent turnaround is really no turnaround. Because of the Flores agreement from 1997, the federal government has 20 days to intern adults and children before they must be released or deported. The administration is now going to court to get this amended to hold these asylum seekers indefinitely, but this time with children and parent(s) together. The defense department has been asked, or instructed, to set up facilities to handle 20,000 internees for an indefinite period.
WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW?
We are slouching down the road to something approaching genocide, or at least ethnic cleansing. Look at these steps that were used by fascists in Europe to imprison whole ethnic groups, and see if there any parallels here, right here, today:
- CLASSIFICATION – It’s us versus them, the identified enemy among us.
- SYMBOLIZATION – No need for badges here, just check the whiteness of the skin
- DISCRIMINATION – Everything from denying voter rights to approval of white ethnic groups
- DEHUMANIZATION – Latinos have been openly referred to as animals, breeders and insects infesting America
- ORGANIZATION – The whole federal government is jailing these Latinos right now, in broad daylight, in front of us all.
Any cooperation with the oppressors identifies the cooperator as racist and complicit in the crime. See Paul Krugman’s NYT article on this subject and its proximity to European anti-Semitism.
We are currently out of names, in the trough between primaries and special elections. But fear not, we are pursuing support for state candidates to fill in the hiatus. Keep tuned. We will be mailing as soon as we can get the names!
Some of our Indivisible members are taking actions on their own without awaiting any suggestions from on high. This is encouraging. The opposition to complicity in Trump’s inhumanity is Resistance with a capital R. Resistance in things large and small defines us as a free people who are intent on preserving our independence from Washington. Every voter registered, every door knocked on, every appearance at rallies and protests, every letter written – they all count to mark us as proud and defiant Resisters.
Our monthly meeting is being changed from the second Monday of every month to the second Wednesday of each month.
The meeting is set for Wednesday, July 11, at 1750 NW 131st, 97229. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. Rachel Gowland and Kathryn Harrington have been persuaded to be our speakers; they will be addressing the effectiveness of GOTV tactics. Refreshments, both adult and juvenile. will be provided along with a few tasty snacks.
L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!