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Proposed Ban on Religious Registry Participation and Ban on Internment/Relocation Ordinance

From: Rafik Ward <"Rafik>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:57:59 -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.



* 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 as we would expect them to do for us.

I am proud to live in Menlo Park, engaged in the myriad issues our community
faces, and I have taken leadership roles in a number of projects, including
the Measure X campaign, SafeRoutes, and the Oak Knoll PTO (as room parent
for the past three years). 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.



Received on Mon Mar 06 2017 - 22:59:26 PST

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