To: Mayor Bobby j. Hopewell

Tell Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell to Defy Trump, Defend Kalamazoo, & Expand Sanctuary

Tell Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell to Defy Trump, Defend Kalamazoo, & Expand Sanctuary

Tell our mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants but transforms our city's policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.

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 AND addressing the policing that funnels Black and other residents to jail and places criminal charges on immigrant residents, making them a target for ICE agents.

Tell our mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but transforms our city's policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.

The illegitimate President's threats should be cause to embolden our city leaders, not an excuse to abandon our potential progress.

241 West South Street, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • Protection for all people whether here legally or not. Give them a pathway.

Updates

2017-02-13 21:12:32 -0500

Hello everyone. I wanted to thank all of you and let you know that this week I will be delivering this and another 150ish paper signatures I will be delivering all of this to Mayor Hopewell's office. I have written him a thank-you card for his part in making Kalamazoo a welcoming city. (http://www.kalamazoocity.org/kalamazoo-blog/city-commission-reaffirms-its-commitment-to-maintain-kalamazoo-as-a-welcoming-community/)

To paraphrase the words of Congressman John Lewis, let's get into some good, necessary trouble.

Yours in solidarity,
Ariel Berman

2017-01-30 10:24:40 -0500

100 signatures reached

2017-01-29 14:30:24 -0500

50 signatures reached

2017-01-28 23:48:48 -0500

25 signatures reached

2017-01-28 14:45:12 -0500

10 signatures reached