We did it. Grassroots pressure from more than 125,000 CREDO members, along with more than 200,000 activists from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), MoveOn, MomsRising, Bend the Arc Jewish Action and the ACLU, helped ensure Pres. Obama will dismantle NSEERS and keep a ready-made Muslim registry out of Donald Trump’s hands.1
The news couldn’t come at a better time. This week, a reporter asked Trump if he was planning to reevaluate his plans for a registry and a ban on Muslims entering the country. Trump’s answer: “You know my plans.”2
The president-elect made it very clear that he plans to deliver on his dangerous and hateful campaign promises.We’re clear that we’re going to fight him every step of the way — and we hope you’ll be with us.
With this good news from President Obama, let’s turn up the pressure on technology companies that could help build or provide data for a Muslim registry.
As a result of our public campaign over the last few weeks, Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM and Microsoft have already publicly stated they will not collaborate with Trump’s hate, and pressure is mounting on other companies like Oracle and Amazon to do the same.3,4 With the victory on NSEERS in hand, now is the time to build on this amazing momentum and pressure other companies to join the public resistance to Trump.
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With millions of people in this country threatened by Trump, we can’t let corporations that could enable and facilitate Trump’s oppression play the middle. Though many technology companies publicly criticized Trump when he was a candidate, leaders from Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM and other tech companies met with him earlier this month.5 These leaders’ presence at Trump Tower, which was clearly meant to advance their corporate agendas, provided powerful legitimacy to Trump’s presidency and his hateful agenda.
Defending our safety and core values as a country means disrupting and resisting Trump on every front. Technology firms have not only extraordinary power, but extraordinary reach into our personal lives. They now have a clear choice: to stand against Trump or to stand with him.
Our victory on NSEERS shows the power we have when we stand together against racism and xenophobia. It’s a power we will have to bring to bear again and again to fight Trump’s fascism.
We’re grateful for everything you’ve already done and for what you’ll do in the months ahead.
Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
- J. David Goodman and Ron Nixon, “Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It, The New York Times, Dec. 22, 2016.
- Abby Phillip and Abigail Hauslohner, “Trump on the future of proposed Muslim ban, registry: ‘You know my plans’, The Washington Post, Dec. 22, 2016.
- Sam Biddle, “Following Intercept Report, 22 Organizations Urge Tech Firms to Reject Muslim Registry,” The Intercept, Dec. 12, 2016.
- Nitasha Tiku, “Google, Apple, Uber, IBM Say They Would Not Help Build A Muslim Registry,” Buzzfeed, Dec. 16, 2016.
- David Streitfeld, “‘I’m Here to Help,’ Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting,” The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2016.