Open Letter: We Refuse To Be Enemies

Above photo: From Democracy Now.

We Refuse To Be Enemies is a coalition of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Connecticut, committed to peace and justice, and particularly focused on the Middle East.  The NYPD-CIA, in their highly politicizeddiscriminatory, and illegal operations, target not only Muslims, but also left-wing activists.

Because Ivanka M. Trump, daughter and advisor of President-elect Donald J. Trump, is on board of the NYC Police Foundation (page 124 of 128), the NYPD’s slush fund, which finances the NYPD-CIA’s International Liaison Programs (ILPs), it is little wonder Trump approves of and extols the NYPD-CIA and its abusive former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.  Donald Trump also calls for explicit profiling of Muslims, approvingly citing the NYPD-CIA programs and less free foreign countries, such as France and Israel.  Trump repeatedly lies about deBlasio and the Demographics Unit, i.e. the NYPD-CIA mosque spying has not stopped, despite his words to the contrary.  Trump is conflating a small part of the program, the Demographics Unit (which Ray Kelly effectively gutted, not deBlasio/Bratton), with all of the NYPD-CIA programs, which are ongoing.  These bigoted, anti-Muslim, and right-wing programs are politically protected by establishment politicians like Senator Schumer, and the very powerful and rich donors to the NYC Police Foundation, either individuals, corporations, or foreign powers like Ivanka TrumpGoldman Sachs, or UAE respectively.  We can expect these NYPD-CIA programs to worsen and increase in a Trump administration if we do not oppose them.

To address this matter, we published an open letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, CT Public Safety Commissioner Dora Schriro regarding the NYPD-CIA scandal, and in particular its effects and application to the state of Connecticut. The open letter was published at the independent African American media outlet Black Star News:

We ask all to please co-sign this open letter by adding your name to this online petition, including those outside of Connecticut, since the same principles and abuses by the NYPD-CIA apply all across the regionnation, and even world.

The following organizations and individuals have already co-signed the open letter:

1) We Refuse To Be Enemies

2) Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Professor Emerita CCSU

3) Joyce C. Rawitscher

4) Omar Scott Antar

5) Yale Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)

6) UCONN Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)

7) Reda Ammar, UCONN Professor

8) Metin Cosgel, UCONN Professor

9) Ana Lachelier

10) David W. Good, Reverend, Minister Emeritus for The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

11) Tree of Life Education Fund

12) Steven Jungkeit

13) Robert Gelbach

14) Shelly Altman

15) Jewish Voice for Peace New Haven

16) Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun

Please join them by adding your name to this online petition!

Thank you very much!

We Refuse To Be Enemies