Trump’s Anti-Muslim America Has No Place in Seattle
The LGBT Skapegoat
In a speech at Ohio’s Youngstown University Monday, Trump said,“Those who do not believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry or hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas.”
Referencing sharia law and anti-LGBT American values, Trump added, “In June, 49 Americans were executed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It was the worst mass shooting in our history and the attack by far the worst on the LGBTQ community and I’ll tell you what, we can never, ever allow this to happen again.”
He called for the application of an “ideological test” to weed out supporters of the so-called Islamic State. The Pulse gunman, a New York native with parents from Afghanistan, pledged his allegiance to ISIS following the attack, however, no distinct connection to the terrorist group has ever been made.Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz/Entrepreneur
The Local Response
He referenced Seattle as an “inclusive, welcoming city” for all.
“President Trump’s vision of a closed-off, fearful America is not the one Seattleites believe in,” he said. “We are an inclusive, welcoming city for all – including our immigrant, refugee and Muslim friends, family and neighbors. Refugees are already the most strictly vetted group of immigrants entering the U.S. and President Trump is threatening to turn them away at a time when there is the most need. That is not who we are – we will continue to stand up for our values and with all our residents.”
“Throughout our history, Lyft has worked hard to create an inclusive, diverse and conscientious community where all of our drivers and passengers feel welcome and respected,”CEO Logan Green toldRecode. “Banning people of a particular religion from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values.”
Lyft has announced a pledge to donate million over the next four years to the ACLU.
In response to the Muslim ban, Google has created a crisis campaign, its largest to date, with a million fund that can be matched by employees for a total of million. The fund will be applied to the following pro-rights organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee, and UNHCR.
Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta donated 0,000 to the ACLU and invited employees to a meeting this week to discuss further actions.
1/6 As an immigrant who grew up in one of the countries that was banned, I’m sad and angry with what is happening.