Anti-immigrant forces have announced a rally Friday in Rockville, and we’re responding. We need your help…
The Trump Administration has targeted Montgomery County in recent weeks, given our Community Trust Executive Order, in an attempt to spread fear. They have deployed a web of lies to demonize our neighbors and community, including via attacks on County Executive Marc Elrich and council members. Yet the Trust Executive Order enables all residents, regardless of their immigration status, to feel safe and welcome, and it encourages use of vital county resources to help working families prosper. We support it.
We’re counter-protesting. Takoma Park Mobilization and partners initiated MoCo Stands With Immigrants, Friday, September 13 at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, starting at 10:30 am. National attention is focused on our support for immigrants. We’re going to show our community, our elected officials, and the Trump Administration what we’re really about.
Event: MoCo Stands With Immigrants
Where: Montgomery County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville
When: Friday, September 13, starting at 10:30 am
What: A pro-immigrant rally with chants, songs, short speeches (including County Executive Marc Elrich), and maybe marching
Who: 25 advocacy, community, and faith groups and unions… and YOU
Bring: Signs & noise-makers, and wear white (optional)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/401084097112710/ — RSVP, Like & Share
The location is 10 minutes walk from the Rockville Metro station.
We’re up against an anti-immigrant rally, Concerned Citizens Coalition of Montgomery County #StandWithICE, slated for Friday at 11 am at the Montgomery County Council Office Building location. Click here to see what we’re fighting. There are rumors that Donald Trump Jr. will be there. (We have a permit and have coordinated with Montgomery County officials and the Rockville and county police.) We’re going to outnumber the Antis with a positive message of love and welcome for our immigrant neighbors.
The Organizers’ Statement (working version)
We are united in our support of our immigrant neighbors and families. We are united in support of policies that build community safety for all. We are united in rejecting racist, xenophobic attacks on immigrants meant to further President Trump’s destructive and divisive national policies.
We refuse to be silent as anti-immigrant extremists use our community to further their White Supremacist agenda. We refuse to participate in silencing immigrant women and femmes who are leading the solutions to violence against women. We refuse to be idle as extremist media attacks the organizers and policy-makers who are working every day to make our community the best that it can be.
There can be no compromise with those who have invaded one of the most diverse communities in America to spew their anti-immigrant nonsense. Anyone who bows to their anti-immigrant talking points enables racism right here and will be held to account. Racists are not welcome in Montgomery County; immigrants are.