Long-held American values of justice and fairness have come under attack. A Trump Administration intent on rolling back decades of progress on civil liberties has put immigrant communities in dire jeopardy. Freedom of religion and speech, the right to assembly, students' rights are all in jeopardy.
Hear how the American Civil Liberties Union and allied organizations are fighting back. Learn how you can join forces to protect your families and communities.
The discussion will focus on intersectional work, as well our belief that the narrative frame regarding most social justice issues has been trapped by the notion of “deserving” and “undeserving.”
A white suspect deserves the benefit of the doubt from police, but a Black one does not. A Christian refugee deserves asylum in the US, but a Muslim one does not. Melania Trump can work in the US without a proper visa, and is allowed to speak English with a heavy accent for the rest of her life. But any Mexican woman who cannot clear e-verify, and turns “sh” into “ch” when speaking English should be detained and deported.
We need guides to shift the conversation and get folks out of the endless loop of case-by-case assessments of who is deserving and who is undeserving, who is good and who is bad.
- Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles, who currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising.
- Yaritza A. González Rodríguez is a paralegal at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), who led the effort to change the Library of Congress' catalog to replace the term "illegal alien."
Sharon Kyle, Professor of Law, People’s College of Law, Publisher, LA Progressive, and ACLU-SoCal National Board Rep.
- Aiha Nguyen is policy analyst on the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s Grocery-Retail Project and is member of the ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter’s board.
Unai Montes-Irueste—moderator, SEIU, ACLU Southern California Pasadena/Foothills board member, is a long-time media strategist, policy analyst, community organizer, and public school teacher.
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