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[liberationtech] Price of the #MuslimBan

Amine afrinomad at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 15:42:30 PST 2017


Hmm.. "Liberation Tech" sounds inherently political.. no one ever
complained, and rightly so, when mobilisation tools and tactics were
discussed in the context of authoritarian and anti-democratic drifts by
Sisi or Erdogan.. are racist actions by western leaders immune from
criticism and not open to discussion?




On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Carolyn Santo <cysanto2 at hawaii.rr.com>
wrote:

> please don't pollute this list with political discussion.
>
> There are numerous factual errors in Leila's email.  She has a strong
> political view that would be more appropriate promoting in a different
> forum.
>
> I don't think this list should become a platform to solicit donations for
> the ACLU or NY Times.
>
>
> Carolyn Santo
>
>
>
> On 1/29/2017 8:03 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
>
>> From: Leila Janah <leila at lxmi.com>
>>
>> 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 (www.aclu.org) 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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