The American Prospect has an article out this week highlighting a nationwide grassroots movement that is welcoming immigrants into communities, promoting tolerance, unity and their new neighbors’ contributions. The article describes it as a “quiet backlash” to the passage of harsh, unconstitutional anti-immigrant laws. While South Carolina’s advocates of decency and civil rights have won the first courtroom battle over our own such law, the fight will likely drag all the way to the Supreme Court. So we welcome the mobilization of citizens who’ve had enough of the divisive, unhinged rhetoric of nativist right-wingers, and we particularly welcome the work of our neighbors in the Tarheel State, which earned a glowing mention.
Uniting NC, a grass-roots group in North Carolina, has raised funds online for billboards all over the state featuring images of smiling immigrants and the headline, “Community, we’ll get there together.”
“Today, Uniting NC is announcing the start of a statewide billboard campaign intended to create a vision of a united, inclusive North Carolina where all people are given a fair chance, no matter where they were born,” said United NC director Kristin Collins at a press conference held in Raleigh on December 13.
In her speech, Collins pointed out the tendency for citizens to scapegoat immigrants in difficult economic times and told the audience that anti-immigration legislation doesn’t just hurt immigrants—it hurts the whole community.
“We don’t want to see North Carolina go down the same path [as places like Alabama]. This holiday season, let’s heed the instructions in all faiths to welcome the stranger and to treat our neighbors with kindness and respect.”
Seriously, who wants to follow in the footsteps of Alabama – instituting racial profiling in order to uproot households, divide families and obstruct economic recovery?
Oh, right. They do.
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