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[liberationtech] Price of the #MuslimBan

Doug Schuler douglas at
Sun Jan 29 14:15:22 PST 2017

Thank you for speaking up Leila!

On some level it's very interesting to see a country's democratic ideals
being tested so profoundly. But then one remembers (at least for people
living in the US) that it is *our* country that's getting trashed.

— Doug

A Mobilization Story: Patterns for the Impending Emergency

On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at>

> From: Leila Janah <leila at>
> Hi there,
> I've tried to avoid commenting too much on Trump's election to avoid
> demonizing Republicans and people in my network who support him.
> But at a certain point, policy transcends politics. No one can avoid
> speaking out against Trump now that he's made our country hostile to
> immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse faiths.
> President Trump's ill-conceived ban on refugees and immigrants from
> several majority-Muslim countries attacks the rights of legal US
> residents and heightens, rather than reduces, the risk of radical
> Islamic terrorism.
> The immigration ban pits America against our allies and lowers our
> standing in the world, making our companies less competitive (Google
> cofounder Sergey Brin went to SFO to stand with protestors) and
> destroying our reputation as a progressive business leader attracting
> the world's top talent.
> Halting the US refugee program puts tens of thousands of lives in
> needless peril. As it is, we admit far fewer refugees than much
> smaller countries, like Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, and Kenya.
> Refugees are not free-loaders seeking to cause trouble. Refugees are
> Holocaust and genocide survivors, victims of extreme religious and
> political persecution, and families broken by violence.
> We are a nation whose strength comes from our compassion and
> diversity, whose core philosophy welcomes the many waves of immigrants
> who have always made our country great.
> We are not Trump. We are not hate, bigotry, and persecution. It is our
> collective obligation to do whatever we can to ensure that religious
> diversity and our (relatively tiny) refugee program aren't sacrificed
> for the political purposes of an increasingly erratic leader.
> Hours after the #MuslimBan, a mosque was set on fire in Texas and
> thousands of people had flooded into US airports to protest the
> immigration ban. Is this "making America great again?"
> If you're as appalled as I am, take action now in two ways:
> 1. Donate to the ACLU ( which funds legal campaigns to
> protect the fundamental rights Trump threatens. If you can't donate,
> follow the ACLU and share their content across your social networks.
> Entrepreneurs Tony Fadell and Chris Sacca have pledged to match
> donations up to $100K if you tweet them your receipts.
> 2. Subscribe to the New York Times and uphold solid reporting of these
> issues. President Trump has repeatedly bullied journalists and
> attacked the Times. Truth matters.
> We are all complicit in this if we don't take a stand. Let's fight for
> the America we believe in.
> Leila
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