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To: Mayor Mayor Emily Larson
We want Duluth to be a sanctuary city!
We are inviting Mayor Larson and city council to designate Duluth as a sanctuary city.
We need to stand up to Trump, and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but also transforms our city's policies to protect immigrants and refugees who live in Duluth.
Why is this important?
Donald Trump just announced executive action that threatens any city that seeks to protect immigrant residents from his deportation machine. What he’s trying to do is roll back the leaps forward we’ve made in recent years, but we won’t let him.
In 2017, it’s the efforts to defend black lives, and protect migrant rights that make our cities safer, not Trump’s extra enforcement promises. To keep us safe, we need to evolve our local policies to make our cities real sanctuaries for all residents, not cancel them because of the illegitimate President's latest actions.
That means a commitment to separating police from federal immigration enforcement, addressing policing that funnel black and indigenous people to jail, and places criminal charges on immigrant residents, making them a target for ICE agents.
We want Mayor Larson and our city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but also transforms our city's policies to protect immigrants and refugees who live in Duluth.
The President's threats should be cause to embolden our city leaders, not an excuse to abandon our potential progress.
Update (01/31/2017 @ 3:10 PM):
National groups like Color Of Change and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are advocating for real sanctuary cities, committed to: (1) working to end relationships between local law enforcement and ICE agencies, (2) eliminating cities’ investment with private prison companies and their investors, (3) ending the mass incarceration of Black and indigenous people within the entire prison industrial complex system, (4) continuing to fight back against police violence and hold police departments accountable, (5) ensuring families earn a fair livable wage, and sleep in the comfort of a safe, affordable home, and that black people feel safe and live with dignity. As a city, we believe that Duluth can and should affirm the safety and rights of all people by taking these steps.