Oppose Trump's repression of Muslims and left-wing activists through the NYPD-CIA and FBI

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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.  We rise to oppose the NYPD-CIA and FBI, in their highly politicized, discriminatory, and illegal operations, which target not only Muslims, but also left-wing activists, in a new incarnation of "COINTELPRO".  

Because Ivanka M. Trump, daughter and advisor of President Donald J. Trump, was on the 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 United Arab Emirates (UAE) respectively.  Relevant to the effort to break the corrupting influence of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf tyrannies, like the UAE, on American institutions, like the NYPD-CIA, FBI, and universities, please see and support the BDS-KSA movement (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions against the "Kingdom of Saudi" Arabia).  We can expect these NYPD-CIA and FBI programs to worsen and increase in a Trump administration if we do not oppose them.  In fact, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) recently met with Donald Trump to implement these criminal NYPD-CIA programs nationwide and on a federal level.  Also the former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka loves the criminal NYPD-CIA programs.

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:


Relevant to the NYPD-CIA scandal at Columbia University specifically, please see the effort to establish a federally designated national monument for Dr. Betty Shabazz and El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (MALCOLM X) at the Audbon Theater/Shabazz Center, currently leased from Columbia University.

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 region, nation, and even world.  Please feel free to avoid putting in personal information (as opposed to generic information) into this petition, if you rightly are concerned of being targeted by the national security state.

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) late 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

17) Dr. Margaret Flowers, Co-Director of Popular Resistance

18) Peter Marcuse, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Please join them by adding your name to this online petition

Thank you very much!

We Refuse To Be Enemies