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CAIR-SFBA, Faith Leaders and Organizers to Launch ‘StopTrumpIntelPro’ Initiative

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON) – A coalition of organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the Council on American-Islamic Relations/Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA), LIVE FREE, PICO National Network, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, the Black Movement Law Project, SoundVision and others today announced an effort to help local communities, grassroots organizations and others resist unjust orders by the Trump administration.

WHO: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of the San Francisco/Bay Area (CAIR), the Chicago Youth Project, Hands Up United, Kinetics Live, LIVE FREE, Black Movement Law Project, PICO California, PICO National Network, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and SoundVision

WHAT: Media conference call to discuss TrumpIntelPro

WHEN: February 2 at 11:30 am EST

WHERE:  1 (800) 697-5978 / Passcode: 8993635#

CONTACT: For more information, contact Jennifer Farmer at jfarmer@piconetwork.org

TrumpIntelPro, short for the Trump Intelligence Program, is similar to COINTELPRO, the FBI’s 1960s covert operation to disrupt and destroy the Black liberation movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, and the American Indian movement. Like COINTELPRO, we believe many of our cities are at risk of harmful strategies and tactics being scaled up across the country. These strategies include clamping down on resistance by utilizing local police departments in a TrumpIntelPro program. In unveiling StopTrumpIntelPro, we are offering a resource for those who want to guard against intrusive intimidation and surveillance tactics using a bottom-up, ethical framework. The groups behind StopTrumpIntelPro will host a media conference call on Thursday, February 2 at 11:30 am EST. Dial 1 (800) 697-5978 / Passcode: 8993635# to join the call.

“Disheartened by a range of policies promising retaliation for cities that offer sanctuary, construction of a wall at the southern border, banning migration to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, and surveillance and harassment of protestors and dissenters, a lot of people are wondering how to keep their communities safe,” said Pastor Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Urban Strategies and the LIVE FREE campaign. “StopTrumpIntelPro is a framework that can help prevent immoral policies from spreading in our cities.”

Additional information about the effort can be found at TrumpIntelPro.com. The broader campaign will highlight model ordinances to protect civil rights, encourage local police departments to adhere to laws in their local jurisdictions rather than the FBI, direct calls into the offices of state and federal elected officials and provide concrete actions local communities can take to protect themselves from a rogue administration. Ironically, this effort comes just as The Intercept unveils a damning 9-part investigative series, aptly titled “The FBI’s Secret Rules,” detailing the powers of the FBI to suppress dissent and retaliate against those who resist President Trump’s harmful policies.

“This is a critical time and local communities must demand their local police departments embrace the values of local citizens, not Trump’s FBI,” said John Crew, advisor to the StopTrumpIntelPro campaign and a police practices expert. “That’s the only way to ensure local police will not profile, surveil or harass immigrants, religious minorities or constitutionally protected political dissenters and demonstrators.”

“The overwhelming history of the black church and black religious institutions in the United States offers a model for prophetic resistance to bias and discrimination,” said Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. “We will continue to stand against the implementation of harmful policies and call for moral and prophetic voices to organize and resist TrumpIntelPro.”

“Given the heightened islamophobia and the recent executive orders by the Trump administration, all local jurisdictions should reinforce the human and constitutional rights of all people,” said Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations/Bay Area. “We do not want TrumpIntelpro policies to spread across the country and traumatize our immigrant and Muslim communities. We are excited to partner with our friends and provide a blueprint to resist harmful policies.” 

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