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DREAMers and Immigrants

Indivisible Sonoma County

Sep 27, 2017


Sometimes we talk about Indivisible as a marathon, because this is a long struggle, and one that won’t be won by a single victory. That does not mean we cannot embrace our victories. Sometimes we speak of it as if it were a relay, with one person passing the torch to another, stepping back, and renewing her or his commitment before joining the race again.

Indivisible is not a race. There is no finite moment when all the battles will be won, and all the issues resolved. And let’s celebrate this, because we won’t all wake up some morning and learn a miracle has occurred. We will work for our miracles.

We won all of the battles over affordable health care so far. We know there may be another battle, and another battle aafter that one. But we won – because we were active, and assertive, and spent our time making certain Congress members know that we want affordable health care.

We have challenged appointments – and have seen some of those candidates withdraw their names, because they were clearly unfit. This is a victory. We have challenged efforts to harm immigrants and restrict refugees. We will do so again. We have seen our bonds with other organizations grow tighter, and together we have fought for science and voters rights, for schools and for the
environment. And we have supported resistance wherever it arose, and have supported each other in doing so.

To do all this, and to continue to do it, has meant we had to learn. We had a lot to learn. We’ve learned about the power each of us has to influence those we elect. We’ve learned we don;’t always get our own way and yet we must speak up, respectfully. We’ve learned that words and actions matter – and that our words and actions counter those of the Republican Administration. There is still much to learn as we prepare for victory in 2018 and beyond.

And, we’ve learned to care about each other – about all our neighbors – in new ways, with passionate hearts.

Things continue to move quickly – which is part of our new normal. As we were drafting this text, the news came from Washington that the Republican President had reached an agreement with leading Democrats that would protect DREAMers and improve border security – but not by building a wall. Building a wall to keep people out makes us think of the Berlin Wall. And that’s not who we are.

Then word came that 45 had, in fact, reached no such agreement. The
misinformation campaign begins. Lets watch this legislation carefully!

Indivisible Sonoma County will support legislative compromise, but wants that legislation to make the route to citizenship for DREAMers and other immigrants possible.


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