At the behest of local activist and former Director of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, Susan Lamont, an ad hoc group of local activists and concerned citizens have crafted a statement of resistance to the Trump agenda titled, “It Won’t Happen Here.”
Composed by seventy Sonoma County residents over the course of a half dozen meetings since the November 8, 2016 election’s shocking results reverberated around the globe, the statement is “telling our elected representatives – city councils, Board of Supervisors, D.A., Sheriff, school boards – that we expect them to break any laws, executive orders or departmental regulations coming from the Trump administration that violate the civil rights of the Sonoma County Community,” according to Lamont.
The group is seeking endorsements of the statement by local political, civic and other groups, as well as local businesses and individuals, and will be officially presenting the document to local elected officials across the county over the next several weeks.
Dozens of groups have already endorsed the statement, including Petaluma Tomorrow, Petaluma Progressives, the North Bay Organizing Project, Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma, Code Pink North Bay, Project Censored, the Food Empowerment Project, The Apple Box Cafe, Pizza Politana, Tall Toad Music, the Raizes Collective and many others.
Sign the online petition accompanying this statement at change.org.
Follow the latest developments on the It Won’t Happen Here Facebook page.
Here’s the full statement:
It Won’t Happen Here
WHEREAS, to safeguard the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people that is the foundation of the relationship between a government and the people;
AND whereas, we recognize that the rights and dignity of all people are under threat;
WE, the undersigned organizations, call upon all Sonoma County governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of the County’s community members;
FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity or sexual orientation;
FURTHERMORE, we, the undersigned organizations, in obedience to our consciences, pledge to protect all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic and un-American practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect and dignity.