Rep Waters deserves an apology

Did you hear about the ordinary Americans who have been confronting Trump Administration officials over the past few weeks? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a restaurant after being confronted by members of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the DSA. Stephen Miller was heckled at another Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and had her appetizer paid for by the establishment.

Most recently, Scott Pruitt was confronted by the mother of a two year old child, who said:

"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children."[1]

These ordinary Americans who have stood up to some of the most powerful members of our society have been lambasted as being "uncivil" by the professional trolls of the American right, but Congresswoman Maxine Waters has stood up for these folks, saying[2]:

"Already, you have members of your Cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house who sang, ‘No peace, no sleep.’ … And guess what, we’re going to win this battle. ... Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome."

Unfortunately, for her trouble, Rep. Waters has been receiving death threats from the right and absolutely no support from Democratic Congressional leadership. Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York appallingly called her words "not American." This sense of reverence for a false notion of civility is misguided at best and fraught with electoral consequences at worst. Protest movements have always been seen as 'uncivil' by the people in power[3]—otherwise, what use would these protest movements provide?

Nearly 200 black female leaders and allies outside of Congress have signed onto a letter urging Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to support Representative Waters[4]. The letter says: "[W]e consider it an insult to characterize Ms. Waters’ call for the exercise of our constitutional rights as uncivil and un-American. We call on leaders of all persuasion to practice the art of civil discourse"[5].

Today's Action: Tell our Members of Congress to Support Maxine Waters

Let's stand with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and tell our Members of Congress that we expect them to do the right thing and stand with her, too.

Sample Script

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP} in support of Representative Maxine Waters. I think it is disgraceful that the Democratic Leadership in Congress won't support Maxine Waters, and I want to see {MoC NAME} come out in public support of Representative Waters. The exercise of our constitutional rights is not uncivil nor un-American."


Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 or Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 or Seattle 206-220-6400

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106 or Seattle 206-674-0040
  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901 or Renton 425-793-5180

Events

We Stand With Immigrants: Activists/Allies Training

Saturday, July 7 11:30AM - 4:00PM

The "Families Belong Together -- Seattle" Week of Action will end with this half-day gathering where we will reflect/debrief, plan next steps, and train new and seasoned activists/allies to effectively advocate beyond just family separation to fixing our country's broken immigration system in a just, moral and humane way. 

This gathering will provide resources, training, and breakout sessions on important topics including how to be an effective ally; messaging around immigration and responding to attacks; youth advocacy; and more. Get the resources and training you need to become an effective advocate for immigrant/refugee rights! 

Free event, and lunch included too!

Muslim Association of Puget Sound - MAPS
17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, Washington 98052

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More Info:

[1] Why Scott Pruitt got off easy in his restaurant confrontation: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/opinions/scott-pruitt-restaurant-confrontation-civility-parini/index.html

[2] Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”: https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/6/29/17515192/maxine-waters-sarah-sanders-red-hen-restaurant-trump

[3] America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/07/04/the-civil-rights-movement-might-have-been-nonviolent-but-to-critics-it-was-considered-uncivil/

[4] In letter to top Democrats, black female leaders say Maxine Waters treated unfairly: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/politics/letter-maxine-waters/index.html

[5] Letter to Schumer and Pelosi: http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/07/04/pelosi.schumer.blackwomenleadersandallies.ltrofsupportcong.maxinewatersfinal7.4.18.pdf