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approve the sanctuary city ordinance

From: domainremoved <Prouty>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:41:48 -0700

April 18, 2017

Dear City Council of Menlo Park,

We write to you as women from the recently formed Muslim Jewish Solidarity
Alliance in the Peninsula to urge you to approve
the sanctuary city ordinance that is to be brought before the City Council
on April 18th, and to affirm Menlo Park’s commitment to a diverse,
supportive, inclusive, and protective community.

Our immigrant community is particularly vulnerable to the current national
rhetoric. These families feel scared and uncertain about being targeted and
detained because of their immigration status. Immigrant children in Menlo
Park schools feel scared and uncertain. We who favor adopting a sanctuary
ordinance want Menlo Park to be inclusive and supportive of our most
vulnerable community members, including immigrants.

Sanctuary ordinances have been passed in 300 cities and counties in the US.
The goal of adopting a sanctuary ordinance is to strengthen the local
community by increasing trust and communication between residents
and city employees. Communities are safer with these ordinances because
those who might be impacted are less fearful of reporting crime. With a
publicly adopted sanctuary ordinance, immigrant families in the community
are less fearful of federal intervention and therefore more likely to
cooperate positively with local police, school officials and
other city employees.

Our group of Muslim and Jewish women came together to stand in solidarity
and speak up against the recent surge in bigotry and intolerance towards
minorities. We stand for the right of all communities to practice their
religious and cultural traditions, to live in dignity and safety, and to
live alongside each other. We work towards maintaining our vision of
America, which is pluralistic, inclusive, and fiercely protects and
safeguards our civil liberties.

In our efforts to promote shared goals of compassion and tolerance in our
communities, we would love the opportunity to work with our elected
officials to help bring diverse groups closer together and provide
opportunities to learn from each other. We look forward in engaging
further with you in this regard.


On behalf of the Menlo Park residents of the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity

*Nancy Prouty*

*Jennifer Judas*

*Jenny Buddin*

*Neval **Pektas*
Received on Tue Apr 18 2017 - 10:47:07 PDT

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