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‘Sanctuary City’ Mayors Vow to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order
City officials, from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Haven, Syracuse and Austin, Tex., said they were prepared for a protracted fight.
By Liz Robbins

Martin J. Walsh, Boston: “To anyone who feels threatened today, or vulnerable, you are safe in Boston. We will do everything lawful in our powerful to protect you. If necessary, we will use City Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who’s targeted unjustly. They can use my office, they can use any office in this building. They’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”

Bill de Blasio, New York: “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status.”

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: “I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. There is no stranger among us. Whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.”

Ed Lee, San Francisco, with Sam Liccardo (San Jose) and Libby Schaaf (Oakland): “We will not give in to threats, or political grandstanding. Together, the Bay Area will stay true to our values of inclusiveness, compassion and equality, and united against any and all efforts to divide our residents, our cities, and our country.”


Wondering what a sanctuary city is? Tired of being told sanctuary cities are a breakdown of law and order? Aaaactually, it’s a lot more complicated

Our favorite feminist comedian Samantha Bee broke down the concept of sanctuary cities during last night’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Read on for the good, the bad, and the straight up Fox News lies.

Gifs: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


Trump will double down and go beyond with perpetuating disinformation about immigrants. By doing so, he aims to not just reinforce the wrong beliefs of his supporters against immigrants but skew the perception of the general public as well, so that Americans will support his inhumane and unconstitutional immigration policies.

It is only very recently that the general perception of Americans toward immigrants have changed for the better. We’ve also just begun to gain allies from outside the immigrant community. We won’t go back into the shadows, so we need our allies to please stick with us and help us fight negative perceptions against immigrants and not let Trump turn the American people against us once more.

Sanctuary cities doesn’t hide criminals. It doesn’t make the very small number of immigrants who commit crimes immune to criminal justice system (No, there are no millions, not even hundreds of thousand of undocumented immigrants who are violent criminals).

What a sanctuary city does is prevent innocent immigrants from being detained indefinitely without any proper criminal convictions or charges.

What a sanctuary city does is ensure immigrants are allowed to have representation.

A sanctuary city ensures immigrants who are ACCUSED of crimes go through the criminal justice system and receive due process first, and not just thrown in jail indefinitely or get deported right away.

If an immigrant is a victim or witness to a crime, a sanctuary city ensures their immigration status won’t be questioned/ they also won’t be flagged to ICE when they report a crime.

A sanctuary city ensures that if an immigrant gets pulled over for speeding or a broken tail light, they will only get a ticket just like any other person would, not get a deportation notice.

A sanctuary city ensures that any resident, regardless of their immigration status, will be treated equally under law and will not forfeit their human rights.


The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda

Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act or public schools or Medicare or the Fair Housing Act. 

Our 100 days of resistance begins a sustained and powerful opposition. Here’s what you can do (it will take about an hour of your time each day):

1. Get your senators and representatives to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Reject his nominees, prolong the process of approving them, draw out hearings on legislation. Call your senator and your representative and don’t stop calling.

2. March and demonstrate. The Women’s March on Washington will be the day after the Inauguration. There should be “sister” marches around the country. And then monthly marches against hate. Keep the momentum alive and keep the message going.

3. Make your city and state sanctuaries that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities in deporting undocumented immigrants, especially people who have been here since they were very young.

4. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands.

5. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper and op-eds, with a steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives.

6. Contribute to social media with up-to-date daily bulletins on what Trump is up to, and actions in your region in opposition.

7. Contribute to the most effective opposition groups. The American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, MoveOn, and others.  

8. Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, lapel pins, wrist bands.

9. Push progressive causes at your state and local level – environmental reform, progressive taxes, a higher minimum wage, ending gerrymandering, stopping mass incarceration. Make your state a model of what the federal government should do.

10. Start a move in your state to abolish the electoral college by committing your state’s electors to vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

11. Reach out to independents and even Trump supporters who agree with this agenda, and get them involved.

12. Your idea goes here. Meet with family and friends this weekend, and decide what you’ll contribute.  

The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda. An hour a day. Send a powerful message. We aren’t going away.


This is the power of a sanctuary city standing up for immigrants’ and refugees’ rights against the xenophobic machinery of Donald Trump

If you live in New York City, keep this information in mind in case you see racist or Islamophobic harassment. If you don’t live in NYC or another sanctuary city, call your mayor to demand they declare your city a sanctuary city now! Read more about what’s at stake for so many undocumented young people here.

San Francisco's Official Response to the Election of Trump

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution, introduced by Board President London Breed, in response to the election of Donald Trump. The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population. This is the Golden Gate—we build bridges, not walls; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco. We began hosting gay weddings twelve years ago, and we are not stopping now. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and San Francisco will never stop fighting for you; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House. And guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese. In this city, surrounded by water on three sides, science matters. And we will continue our work on CleanPower, Zero Waste, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day. We will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world—whether the administration in Washington is or not; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake. That although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in San Francisco, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values. We argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within San Francisco, but on these points we are 100 percent united. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one City. And we will move forward together.
Students Walkout To Demand Sanctuary Campuses For Undocumented Immigrants
Organizers hope their protests will send a message to Donald Trump that they will push back on his deportation efforts.
By Adolfo Flores, Mary Ann Georgantopoulos

Several so-called “sanctuary cities” that have previously refused to work with federal immigration officials on deportations have in recent days doubled down on their positions, vowing to remain safe havens for undocumented people.

The student protesters want their colleges to refuse to share as much information as they legally can with federal authorities, not allow immigration officers on the school grounds, and give undocumented students access to financial aid, among other demands.

At least 80 schools were participating in the walkouts; Most were universities, but a number of them were also high schools.

I don’t remember taking this photo, but it sure is pretty. It also reminds me of the words set in metal welcoming everyone into this beautiful country.

It’s a good day to read them again and to remember that we are a nation of immigrants.

New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


a friend of mine JUST posted this saying it’s been confirmed
“Wash Sq park right now. Speakers announced: ICE raids are happening today in NYC. So much for all the talk of "sanctuary city.” Protect your neighbors. Film the cops, don’t talk to them. Those in Bushwick– protest leaders are heading to 1398 Bushwick Ave soon. I’m not clear whether people are detained there.. stay tuned or look up ICE-Free NYC on FB"


remember that for us white people with citizenship, getting in the way is highly unlikely to negatively affect us and if we can delay things til lawyers/other people arrive 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

get in the way physically
ask questions
ask for paper work
ask more questions
stand between cops and the people they’re targeting
say you don’t understand and ask for clarification
film the cops
call people to come help


Greek Gold ‘Pontic Aristocratic’ Diadem, Late 4th-Late 3rd Century BC

A gold diadem consisting of a twisted rope border with a series of heart shaped scrolls with applied acanthus leaves and flowers with gold wire detail and tear drop shaped settings with blue enamel, flowers recessed for red enamel inlay; central wire motif in the form of a Hercules knot with applied flowers and acanthus leaves with tear drop shaped setting with blue enamel; in the center an amethyst cameo with the bust of a woman wearing a diadem and robes held at the shoulder by a brooch; one small flower element present but detached.

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Donald Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0 was supposed to take effect today, however last night a federal judge in Hawaii struck it down. Nevertheless, organizers from Faith in New York, an interfaith federation of congregations building power in faith institutions through social justice and community organizing, held a rally in Washington Square Park to continually demand that New York be a true sanctuary city for refugees, Muslims, immigrants, and those who have been targeted by Trump’s administration. 

the-queen-sees-all  asked:

What exactly is a sanctuary city I don't think I fully understand it

Here’s a decent definition:

In the United States and Canada, a sanctuary city is a loosely defined term for a city that welcomes refugees and illegal immigrants. The designation has no precise legal meaning,[1][2] but generally applies to cities that do not use municipal funds or resources to enforce national immigration laws, and may forbid their police or municipal employees to inquire about a person’s immigration status or share such information with immigration enforcement – and by ensuring that all residents have access to city services, regardless of immigration status. Such a policy can be set out expressly in a law (de jure) or observed only in practice (de facto).

Sanctuary city problem.

They are starting to get flooded by illegals even more. They incentivize criminal behavior and border crossing.

Trumps team is still pushing for cutting off federal funding to those cities.

That makes me happy.