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Vote YES on Menlo Park Ban on Religious Registry & Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Jenny>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:12:57 -0800

Dear City Council of Menlo Park,

I’m writing in strong support of Councilman Ray Mueller’s Proposed Ban on Religious Registry Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance.

Why?
The new federal administration’s possible call for a registry based on faith, country of origin, or ethnic identification is a violation of human rights. Period.
A violation of human rights on some of us is an attack on all of us. Muslim or not, our common humanity is under assault. Muslim or not, this is OUR problem.
We must not let a dark period of American history repeat itself (or even come close to doing so). Decades ago, the United States government created a registry of Japanese Americans, then undertook mass relocations of Japanese Americans in internment camps. That feels unthinkable, doesn’t it? We must learn from our mistakes.
This is to protect our neighbors, friends, fellow parents, doctors, teachers, colleagues, and more. Muslim or not, we must have their backs in times of crisis, just they would do for us.

I am Jewish, and in the wake of the recent bomb threats and anti-Semitism sweeping the US, my Muslim friends have reached out to me and to my community to support us. I have been overwhelmed by their compassion and empathy. I would of course do the same for them if the tables were turned. And this is a chance for me to do that. Let’s protect the incredibly special fabric of our community, which is special entirely because of our mutual respect and support for each other despite our differences.

I am proud to live in Menlo Park and send my children to school here. The City is part of our identity and daily lives. Times are changing, and our City must take swift action to preserve the human and community values we cherish here.

Thank you for voting in support of the Ban on Religious Registry Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance.

Sincerely,

Jenny Buddin
Homeowner and resident, Menlo Park
Mother of two children, Oak Knoll Elementary
Received on Mon Mar 06 2017 - 13:15:26 PST

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