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Katie Anthony @yokatykatikate
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The GOP ties #FamilySeparation to #ImmigrationReform b/c the families they're terrorizing are immigrants. But those are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES. That's like tying #UnlawfulPoliceShootingsofBlackPeople to the #OpioidEpidemic because you know people feel icky about addicts. 1/
The GOP is using public distaste and bias against immigrants to force our acceptance of state violence. What if your postal carrier pepper sprayed you if you parked more than 18" from the curb? I hate bad parkers. We all do. The campaign could catch on. #ParkingSpaceFaceMace 2/
They say, "We can either keep families together at the border or fix immigration." By marrying these two DIFFERENT issues under single category of "Immigrant problems," the GOP forces a conversation in which cruel family separation is treated as a reasonable option. IT'S NOT. 3/
Individuals make choices; governments create policies. Those policies have the power to be far more impactful (either for good or for harm) than one person's action to cross a border, use heroin, or park 19" from the curb. And with that power comes, you guessed it... 4/
GREAT FUCKING RESPONSIBILITY. If you are running in 2018, you have the power and the RESPONSIBILITY to force these devastating "policies" off the table. Call them what they are: NO, they're NOT "another option to mull over." They are terrorism. They are child abuse. NO. 5/
Gov'ts are made up of individuals who make choices. While bad parking is a problem, state-sponsored macings would be a BIGGER, DIFFERENT PROBLEM because we (voters & lawmakers) signed off on policies around it. 6/
While the opioid epidemic is a problem, unchecked police violence against black people is a BIGGER, DIFFERENT PROBLEM because we (citizens, voters, and lawmakers) continue to sign off on policies that enable it on a large scale. 7/
While immigration needs reform and is a problem, widespread kidnappings and child abuse performed by OUR GOVERNMENT IS A BIGGER, DIFFERENT PROBLEM because I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS. 8/
The next time a GOP rep makes a statement that "Family separation is terrible and I support full immigration reform," know that what they're saying is, "I am willing to hold toddlers hostage in order to ensure my political survival." 9/
Candidates and MOC's, we wanted you to show up hard and fast. The "fast" part is over. If you're not on the train, you missed it. But it's not too late to catch up. Cut the bullshit about how "ALL immigration needs work," and stop this nightmare. 10/
Voters, they can't be trusted to get there themselves. We're going to have to chase them down the track. Individuals make choices. Make your choice. Silence is a choice. Withdrawal is a choice. Engagement is a choice. Noise is a choice. 11/
Make no fucking mistake: This is one of those moments that your grandchildren will ask you about. "What did you do about Family Separation, Nana?" "What did you do about those babies, Grandpa?" 12/
If ur reading this, you have the power AND THE FUCKING RESPONSIBILITY to change it. Get in the game. We need you. Put the reminders in your phone. Program the numbers so it's easy. #CallYourSenator #CallYourRep #CallTheDOJ #CallDHS #CallTheFuckingWhiteHouse #DoEverythingYouCan
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