Denounce Hateful Rhetoric From Trump Administration

November 10, 2018

Editor: As members of Action Together NEPA, we encourage all caring citizens to speak out and engage others in our lives to denounce the hateful divisive rhetoric and policies coming out of the Trump Administration which are fueling fear and violence. Words and actions matter. Sadly, we are no longer shocked but are deeply troubled and outraged at the unprecedented increase in domestic terrorism and the rise in hate crimes and hate groups in our beloved country the past two years. Yet another massacre, this time in our own state, at the Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, resulted in the killing of 11 more victims and terrorizing a community, illuminates the anti-Semitism and scapegoating of Jews that ultimately arises from fear and ignorance at the hands of “nationalism.” And despite the efforts of the police, an additional four armed police officers were shot due to the use of an AR15. In addition, 14 assassination attempts on prominent American leaders, citizens and the media, reflect the growing acceptance of violence and a systematic assault on the First Amendment. All of the recipients are targets of Trump’s relentless lies and demonization of his critics. Efforts are now underway by the Trump administration, to criminalize protests, shame dissenters, and squelch our right to petition our government for redress of grievances. We call on all caring Americans to realize that democracy can only survive when its citizenry is engaged and active. Together we can stop the slide into autocracy and hopelessness. Inaction is not an option. The time is now. Anne Frank once said — “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Jay Notartomaso Action Together NEPA WEST WYOMING

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