Political statement

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December 20, 2016

Honorable Barack Obama, 

Mr. President,

As workers, we do not usually talk to highly important people, let alone have the honor of addressing the first black president of this country.

We are appealing to you as our president, as the person who is charged with representing the needs and interests of the people of this country.

 Today, as a result of the 26.3% will of all eligible voters, or if you prefer a minority representing 46.1% of the popular vote (2,864,978 fewer votes than the candidate who took first place), we are confronting a new political regime of a minority. That minority wants to change the country, so much that they have already announced measures of restriction to human, civil, political, economic and cultural rights. 

That minority has taken the streets and is threatening society and its diverse people. And among that minority are public servants who are taking actions that are creating a collective state of fear. That minority is raising their voices and shouting what they did not dare to say in public before. This minority hates and lets everyone know.

 They want to create divisions among people. Between whites and all the others. They are betting on the creation of a system of racial segregation (identifying “bad migrants” – people of color – and differentiating them from good migrants – white populations from Europe).

 Contrary to what is commonly believed in this country, immigrant workers of all nationalities, ethnicities, languages and cultures do not come to create problems, we come to provide solutions. We contributed almost 32% to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The 11 million undocumented workers contribute almost 4% to our GDP. We bring more solutions to this country than the supposed problems that are attributed to us.

 We know for certain that you have not always been our ally. The more than 3 million undocumented workers deported during your regime testify to it. But, today you remain the President of all the people of this country and have the legal responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and human rights.

 Therefore, because it remains your responsibility, we demand that you stop the aggressions and threats against immigrants and people of color. We demand that you investigate and punish those responsible, and even more.

 The first black president of this country will have to hand over the mandate to a regime that offers prejudice and social ostracism. Because we understand this, we also appeal to the role of the President as an ethical leader of a society that seeks to build its social relations with justice, dignity, equity, and democracy. We are approaching you, as the political leader of this country.

 Thus today we demand that you assume your status as President of the United States of America and help prevent a domestic humanitarian catastrophe. Deporting 11 million human beings will not only irreversibly damage the economy of this country, it will break the social fabric, community life and the trust of society in its institutions. Destroying our right to live in peace and civility does not open doors to the construction of a society like the one you helped create and strengthen.

 Mr. President, we require you take a bold, creative, and humane political measure to protect families and help consolidate the national economy. We demand that you issue as soon as possible a Decree for General Pardon of Infraction of Immigration Status before the end of your term of office. This should include all undocumented workers.

 We know that we speak with a brave leader; you have shown it. Today society demands that you take action as our most worthy champion.

Signatures

Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative (IWCC from Massachusetts and Rhode Island).

Brazilian Worker Center (Allston, MA)

Brazilian Women’s Group (Brighton, MA)

Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (New Bedford, MA)

Chelsea Collaborative (Chelsea, MA)

Chinese Progressive Association (Chinatown, Boston, MA)

Fuerza Laboral (Central Falls, RI)

Lynn Worker Center for Economic Justice (Lynn, MA)

MassCOSH (Dorchester and East Boston, MA)

Metrowest Worker Center/Casa do Trabalhador/ Casa del Trabajador (Framingham and Milford, MA)

Essex County Community Organization.

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts.

Matahari Women Workers, Massachusetts.

Justice At Work, Massachusetts.

Centro Presente, Massachusetts.

UMass Boston, Labor Resource Center.

Harvard Trade Union Program.

Sister Eileen Burns, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Notre Dame Education Center, Lawrence, MA.

Bro. Kenneth V. Hogan, FMS, Board Member, Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence-MA.

Boston Area Spanish Exchange (BASE).

Teury Marte, Salem MA Latino Coalition.

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network.

Arlington Street Church- Social Action Committee.

Massachusetts Communities Action Network.

Clinicians for Healthy Families.

Student Immigrant Movement.

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice.

Cambridge United for Justice with Peace.

Merrimack Valley Project. Massachusetts.

New Lynn Coalition, Massachusetts.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha CTUL. Minneapolis.

El Centro del Inmigrante, New York.

Staten Island Immigrants Council.

Chicago Worker’s Collaborative. Illinois.

Taj James, Movement Strategy Center. Oakland, California.

Latina Center MARIA. California.

San Francisco Living Wage Coalition.

Central American Refugee Committee (CRECE). California.

Dorothy P. Wonder, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, California.

Bay Area Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, California.

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, California.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

Freedom University. Atlanta, Georgia.

Project South, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dignidad Inmigrante, Athens, Georgia.

Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition AIRC, Georgia.

Economic Justice Coalition, Athens, Georgia.

U-Lead Athens, Georgia.

Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center (NWAWJC), Arkansas.

Lucha, Arkansas. 

Vermont Workers’ Center. Vermont.

Versión en español

20 de Diciembre de 2016

Honorable Barack Obama,

Señor presidente, 

Como trabajadores no solemos hablar con las altas personalidades, ni mucho menos aún tener el honor de dirigirnos al primer presidente negro de este país.

 Estamos apelando a usted como nuestro presidente, como la persona que está encargada de representar las necesidades e intereses de la gente de este país. 

Hoy, producto de la voluntad del 26.3% de los votantes elegibles, o si lo prefiere de una minoría que representa al 46.1% del voto popular (2,864,978 menos votos que el candidato que ocupa el primer lugar) nos enfrentamos a un nuevo régimen político de minoría. Esa minoría quiere cambiar el país, tanto que ya han anunciado medidas de restricción a derechos humanos, civiles, políticos, económicos y culturales.

 Esa minoría se ha tomado la calle y está amenazando a la sociedad y a su gente diversa. Y entre esa minoría están los servidores públicos qué están tomando acciones, que están creando un estado de miedo colectivo. Esa minoría está levantando la voz y gritando lo que antes no se atrevían a decir en público. Esa minoría odia y deja que todos lo sepamos.

 Ellos quieren crear una división entre las personas. Entre blancos y todos los demás. Apuestan a la creación de un sistema de segregación racial (identificando a los “malos migrantes” –personas de color- y diferenciándolos de los buenos migrantes –poblaciones blancas provenientes de Europa-).

Contrario a lo que comúnmente se cree en este país, los trabajadores inmigrantes, de todas las nacionalidades, etnias, idiomas y culturas no venimos a crear problemas, venimos a aportar soluciones.

 Aportamos casi el 32% del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB). Los 11 millones de trabajadores que laboran aquí sin documentos aportan casi el 4% del PIB. Aportamos más soluciones a este país que los supuestos problemas que nos son atribuidos.

 Sabemos con certeza que usted no ha sido siempre un aliado nuestro. Los más de 3 millones de trabajadores indocumentados deportados durante su régimen lo atestiguan. Pero, hoy usted permanece como Presidente de todos el pueblo de este país y tiene la responsabilidad jurídica de proteger y defender la Constitución, y los derechos humanos.

 Por lo tanto, porque sigue siendo su responsabilidad, le exigimos que detenga las agresiones y las amenazas contra los inmigrantes y las personas de color. Exigimos que investigue y castigue a los responsables, y aún más.

 El primer presidente negro de este país tendrá que ceder el mandato a un régimen que oferta prejuicios y ostracismo social. Porque entendemos esto, también apelamos al papel del Presidente como líder ético de una sociedad que busca construir sus relaciones sociales con justicia, dignidad, equidad y democracia. Nos estamos acercando a usted como líder político de este país.

 Por lo tanto, hoy exigimos que asuma su condición de Presidente de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica y ayude a prevenir una catástrofe humanitaria doméstica. Deportar a 11 millones de seres humanos no sólo dañará la economía de este país en forma irreversible, romperá el tejido social, la vida comunitaria y la confianza de la sociedad en sus instituciones. Destruir nuestro derecho a vivir en paz y civilidad no abre las puertas a la construcción de una sociedad como la que usted ayudó a crear y fortalecer.

 Señor Presidente, le pedimos que adopte una  medida política audaz, creativa, y humanitaria que permita proteger a las familias y ayude a consolidar la economía nacional. Exigimos que emita a la brevedad posible un Decreto de Perdón General por Infracciones del Estatus Migratorio antes del término de su mandato. Esto debe incluir a todos los trabajadores indocumentados.

 Sabemos que hablamos con líder un valiente. Usted lo ha demostrado. Hoy la sociedad exige que usted tome la acción como nuestro campeón más digno.

Firmas

Coalición de los Centros de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (IWCC de Massachusetts y Rhode Island).

Brazilian Worker Center (Allston, MA)

Brazilian Women’s Group (Brighton, MA)

Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (New Bedford, MA)

Chelsea Collaborative (Chelsea, MA)

Chinese Progressive Association (Chinatown, Boston, MA)

Fuerza Laboral (Central Falls, RI)

Lynn Worker Center for Economic Justice (Lynn, MA)

MassCOSH (Dorchester and East Boston, MA)

Metrowest Worker Center/Casa do Trabalhador/ Casa del Trabajador (Framingham and Milford, MA)

Essex County Community Organization.

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts.

Matahari Women Workers, Massachusetts.

Justice At Work, Massachusetts.

Centro Presente, Massachusetts.

UMass Boston, Labor Resource Center.

Harvard Trade Union Program.

Sister Eileen Burns, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Notre Dame Education Center, Lawrence, MA.

Bro. Kenneth V. Hogan, FMS, Board Member, Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence-MA.

Boston Area Spanish Exchange (BASE).

Teury Marte, Salem MA Latino Coalition.

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network.

Arlington Street Church- Social Action Committee.

Massachusetts Communities Action Network.

Clinicians for Healthy Families.

Student Immigrant Movement.

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice.

Cambridge United for Justice with Peace.

Merrimack Valley Project. Massachusetts.

New Lynn Coalition, Massachusetts.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha CTUL. Minneapolis.

El Centro del Inmigrante, New York.

Staten Island Immigrants Council.

Chicago Worker’s Collaborative. Illinois.

Taj James, Movement Strategy Center. Oakland, California.

Latina Center MARIA. California.

San Francisco Living Wage Coalition.

Central American Refugee Committee (CRECE). California.

Dorothy P. Wonder, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, California.

Bay Area Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, California.

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, California.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

Freedom University. Atlanta, Georgia.

Project South, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dignidad Inmigrante, Athens, Georgia.

Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition AIRC, Georgia.

Economic Justice Coalition, Athens, Georgia.

U-Lead Athens, Georgia.

Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center (NWAWJC), Arkansas.

Lucha, Arkansas.

Vermont Workers’ Center. Vermont.