Hi all, Here is the Facebook link for the rally Tuesday, and a flier attached, as well as the text from the Facebook event. I am super inspired and I hope all of us who can be there WILL be there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/174019256659191/ We are coming together on Tuesday, February 6th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Commons Bernie Milton Pavillion to stand in the face of federal and local government, and to stand in solidarity with those suffering and negatively impacted by government policies, processes, and practices. We stand up to end the mass criminalization of our people. This is not an opportunity to further your program or organizational goals or your personal agendas. This is not an opportunity to invite each other to sit on the 1,000,000 committees that exist in this community. This is not an opportunity to partner on another band aid project that feeds the system. Rather, this is an opportunity to link our movements at the root, expand our knowledge, critically self-reflect, and clarify and shift our roles necessary to accelerate change. Most recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained more of our community members and due to our sanctuary status we are being targeted! The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is being planned and implemented and gives more authority to police, but we demand community-based alternatives! The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is supposed to be advancing job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare, yet this money is padding the deep pockets of wealthy developers while trapping our people in a cycle of poverty and incarceration! Our families from Puerto Rico and Guam, territories of the U.S., are forgotten as they continue to face violence and injustices and are denied access and resources from the U.S. Government! The history of immigration policies and criminal codes in the U.S. informs us that the best interests of our people and our communities is not the agenda of the government. For hundreds of years, we have been fighting for equity, justice, and freedom for all. While there have been some gains and moments of progress towards our goals, there is an ongoing cycle of disenfranchisement, incarceration, and labor exploitation of our communities. But this system of government definitely has served some, and it continues a mass campaign of confusion, war, criminalization, division, and fear, forcing many folks to become static bystanders and conformists while the 1% remain in power. The devastating hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires in 2017 and 2018; the mass deportation and tearing apart of families by ICE; the ongoing mass extractions of natural resources; the continual violence and brutalization of black and brown bodies by the police; white-supremacist terrorism that goes unaddressed or called for what it is; the endless cycle of poverty and imprisonment of black and brown and poor bodies and atrocious violation of their human rights in prisons; the cultural genocide and brutal displacement of indigenous peoples and theft of their communal lands through the intentional violation of “Native American” treaties; the enslavement and exploitation of farm and dairy workers; the violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, and refugees; the devastating child sexual exploitation; the murder, torture, and imprisonment of human, environmental, and economic rights protectors; the systemic racism that runs through the veins of institutions, corporations, industries, and governments;the ongoing unconstitutional executive orders coming from our very own White House Administration that deepens and widens the wounds of hundreds of years of trauma from colonization, capitalism, and imperialism. This only scratches the surface, but it sure feels overwhelming! Which issue do you support first? Which one is most important or pressing? How can anyone fully grasp and understand the complexities and correlations of these issues? Wait, let's just compartmentalize all this, so we can stay sane...or shall I say, so we can all live in confusion. But it will be a sane confusion… This stops now. If we want a different outcome, we must think and practice differently. ADD YOUR HASHTAG! #ICEOUTOFTURTLEISLAND <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/iceoutofturtleisland> #BLACKLIVESMATTER <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/blacklivesmatter> #UNDOCUMENTEDUNAFRAID <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/undocumentedunafraid> #NOWALLNOBAN <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/nowallnoban> #MNIWICONI <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/mniwiconi> #NOMOREFAMILIESTORNAPART <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/nomorefamiliestornapart> #Ni1 <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/ni1>+ Coalitional Politics is SOLIDARITY Elan Shapiro Building Bridges Coalition Frog's Way B&B www.frogsway-bnb.com 607-592-8402 elanshapiro...@gmail.com 211 Rachel Carson Way Ithaca, NY 14850 Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must each hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil. adrienne maree brown For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please visit: http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/ If you have questions about this list please contact the list manager, Tom Shelley, at t...@cornell.edu.