BOD approves statement defending those targeted by Trump’s executive order

The MTA Board of Directors approved the following statement as a new business item at its meeting on Feb. 4, 2017:

MTA STATEMENT in defense of immigrants, refugees and any targeted groups, including those in these federally protected classes: race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information and citizenship; and those not in federally protected classes regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, as well as people who are nonbelievers.

Whereas, the recent presidential election resulted in a president who uses fear and hate against undocumented immigrants, Arabs, Muslims, LGBTQ people, women, blacks, Latinos/Latinas and indigenous peoples; and

Whereas, the Massachusetts Teachers Association will not tolerate hate or discrimination against anyone, including targeted members of these identified groups or populations; and

Whereas, the Massachusetts Teachers Association has members who belong to these targeted groups or populations; and

Whereas, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts includes students and families who belong to these targeted groups or populations; and

Whereas, the recent executive order of President Trump on immigration is a discriminatory policy that labels all Muslims as threats and criminalizes an entire religious group and those who are perceived as such; and

Whereas, the recent executive order of President Trump is an affront to our nation’s Constitution; and

Whereas, the recent executive order of President Trump could result in the denial of entry into the United States to individuals who have legal permanent resident status, resulting in families being torn apart; therefore

The members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association hereby condemn any and all racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic, homophobic, and xenophobic rhetoric and policies promulgated by the executive and/or legislative branches of government.

The members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association will oppose any efforts to create a Muslim registry, ban Muslims from entering the United States, implement programs that surveil members who belong to these targeted groups or populations, or enforce massive deportations.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association will support rallies, marches or other efforts that further protections for members, students and families against policies that are harmful to undocumented immigrants, Arabs, Muslims, LGBTQ people, women, blacks, Latinos/Latinas and indigenous peoples; and

The members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association will advocate for and support members and students who face disciplinary action for participating in any activism or educational activities in response to policies that are harmful to undocumented immigrants, Arabs, Muslims, LGBTQ people, women, blacks, Latinos/Latinas and indigenous peoples, through the Task Force on Race and other committees. The MTA will offer/support trainings for educators on how to talk to and support students and their families in this political climate.

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