5 reasons why the Audre Lorde Project supports the #Not1More Campaign to demand that President Obama grant the broadest administrative relief possible and implement an immediate halt to deportations!
1. We stand in solidarity with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans,
and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color migrants, undocumented people,
people in detention, low-wage workers, and all Indigenous-identified
people, and honor the sovereignty of the First Nations on whose land we now
see the US attempt to enforce arbitrary borders.
2. We oppose current systems of policing, surveillance, and immigration
enforcement that use racist, transphobic, homophobic, ageist, classist, and
ableist tactics to falsely accuse, terrorize, and target communities
perceived as threats in order to maintain and further build race and class
hierarchy in the United States.
3. We demand the abolition of all prisons and immigrant detention centers,
where transgender and gender-non conforming people are forced into solitary
4. We oppose the Secure Communities program, the 287(g) program, the
Criminal Alien Program, and all ICE ACCESS agreements that allow local law
enforcement to act as agents of immigration. We oppose the use of ICE
holds, Operation Streamline, and any enforcement provisions that build more
walls and increase collaboration between local police and ICE.
5. We demand an end to the displacement of our communities and the
militarization of our lives, from the increased policing of communities of
color in the US to the current apartheid in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied
More about the campaign: On August 2nd, 2014 Southerners On New Ground [SONG], Transgender Law Center [TLC] and many others are joined forces in Washington, DC, to amplify the national call to demand that President Obama grant the BROADEST ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF possible and implement an immediate halt to deportations!
We know President Obama has legal authority to deliver Administrative Relief and to change current enforcement policies and practices by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He can support the safety and self-determination of ALL our LGBTQ communities by expanding Deferred Action and other relief from deportation, ending the torture of solitary confinement (including against trans and gender nonconforming immigrants), curtailing the caging of our communities through immigration detention, and stopping the use of ICE holds which encourage local police to even further target LGBT people of color for arrest and deportation.
We call on LGBTQ officials such as the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to recognize that LGBTQ issues go beyond marriage equality and that deportations and immigration detention all too often violently impact and tear apart our communities. We call on them to SUPPORT and FLANK our communities’ call to President Obama to provide the broadest possible Administrative Relief and immediately halt deportations!