FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 28, 2016
BAY AREA ORGANIZERS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP, DEMAND TECH GIANTS WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT OF THE RNC
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Tomorrow, organizers from the Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Lives Matter Bay Area, BYP100 Bay Area, and the BlackOUT Collective are rallying in anticipation of Donald Trump’s visit to San Francisco. Trump, who is scheduled to speak at the Hyatt Regency near SFO, uses dog-whistle rhetoric to spur violence against people of color. More than 1,000 people have RSVP’d to “Turn Up on Trump” ready to show the racist front-runner that he and his politics are not welcome in California.
“Hate has no place in the democratic process,” said Cat Brooks, organizer and founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project. “Black communities and all communities of color deserve a democracy that respects our vote, our vision and our values not one that denies our dignity and betrays our basic humanity.”
In addition to encouraging violence, Trump has a long and storied history of racism. This election season, despite an uptick in violence against communities of color, he’s been adamant in his appeal to give more power to the police. He panders to white supremacists and anti-Semites like David Duke, who believe white people and people of color should not integrate, and he has on many occasions pejoratively referred to people of African decent as ‘the Blacks” and people of Latin decent as “the Hispanics.”
Organizations like Color of Change have condemned Silicon Valley tech giants like Google, AT&T, and Microsoft for bankrolling the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Donald Trump. These companies, who profit from the labor and consumerism of Black people, have been asked to cancel sponsorships, monetary and in-kind donations to both Trump and the RNC.
“The RNC is spreading and encouraging a culture of hate and racism,” said Robbie Clark, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Bay Area. “Donald Trump represents the vile underbelly of American democracy by where Black people are both disenfranchised and disregarded. People drive the democratic process, not corporations. Black people deserve a democracy that serves us.”
Last month in Fayetteville, NC, a Black Lives Matter protestor was punched in the face by a Trump supporter. Just a week earlier in Louisville, KY, another Black woman was shoved around by a gang of white Trump supporters. Donald Trump incentivizes vigilantism, making public spaces unsafe for Black people.
“Donald Trump, with his racist rhetoric, has misused his platform to unearth America’s hate. We’re sending Trump packing, along with his anti-Black, anti-migrant and anti-Muslim politics. California will not be Trumped,” said Wazi Davis, an organizer with BYP100 Bay Area.
BYP100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.
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