We can’t turn away now

From: Derrick Johnson, NAACP <info>
Date: Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 10:38 PM
Subject: We can’t turn away now
To: <hotrachel2>

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Friend,

I’m going to ask you to help support the NAACP’s immigration work in a moment. But first, I want to tell you about my recent trip to Texas, which I think illustrates why our organization is so committed to this civil and human rights issue.

Last week, I had the opportunity to hear directly from people bearing the brunt of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies during a visit to the Holding Institute in Laredo. The facility is a non-profit community center that is dedicated to alleviating the harsh and inhumane conditions faced by immigrants.

Derrick Johnson on his visit to the Holding Institute in Laredo.
While walking through the facility, I met a woman who had to leave her teenage daughter in Honduras. It took her 22 days to get to the border where she was separated from her son and has not seen him since. She now fears bringing her daughter to the border as most young girls have a high likelihood of being sold into sex-trafficking during their journey north. I was told about a young mother and daughter being held at a nearby detention center, who had not had a warm bath in months and were only allowed one cold burrito to eat a day to share between the two of them. And I heard stories of immigrants from Ghana, Congo, and Angola who traveled to Brazil to assist with the construction for the 2016 Olympics, were kicked out of their home countries, and now remain at the border seeking asylum. This was a much-needed reminder that the immigration issue is not just cause for concern in Latino and Hispanic communities, but also in the broader Black community.

With each person I met and each story I heard, it became even more evident that the people Donald Trump spends so much time demeaning with his hate-filled speech are only seeking a better life for themselves and for their families—a desire that many Black Americans and other people of color know well.

So, although my heart was troubled when I left the facility, I was also inspired to keep up the NAACP’s work to fight back against Donald Trump’s racist, petty, and inhumane immigration policies.

We currently have teams across the country that are mobilizing against hate and pushing to make America’s immigration system just, but we need more supporters to step up and join us in this fight.

And one of the easiest and quickest ways for you to join us is by signing up now to organize in your community with your family and friends through our Power of Five initiative. It only takes a few minutes, and once we have your crew’s information, we’ll be in touch with next steps to help get you started.

Now is not the time to turn away from the cruelty and trauma being inflicted on Black and Brown immigrants by the Trump administration.

Now is the time to confront it and take action to fight back. Sign up today to show that you’re standing with the NAACP in this critical work.

In solidarity,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP

P.S. If you would like to read more about what I saw during my visit, and my plans for the NAACP’s work at the border, consider reading my op-ed on BlackPressUSA.

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