February 15, 2017

FFJ Call Recap: Policing and Criminalization in the Trump Era

“This is a time for you and for us to be fearless; to find ways and resources to fund organizing and base building.”
— Marielena Hincapie, National Immigration Law Center

Over the course of these past few weeks, marginalized communities have been relentlessly targeted and criminalized by the new federal administration. These include immigrants, with an executive order to begin building a wall along the southern borderanyone who assists immigrants, with the threat to pull federal funds from sanctuary cities; women and health care providers across the globe with the reinstatement of the global gag rule; federal employees who promote the truth of global warmingNative people protecting their sovereign land and water rightsMuslim people and communities with a travel ban; South Asian folks walking down the street; Black activists fighting for freedom and liberation under the increased surveillance of protests; poor folks and folks with health challenges through an attack on the Affordable Care Act; LGBTQ people, especially trans people who are Muslim and who are migrantsprotestors and the press, charged with felony riot charges.

In this webinar, speakers across communities shared insight on their work in context of this new political climateSpeakers discussed:

  • Redefining the concept of sanctuary cities to be inclusive of all communities of color, including immigrants and Black communities, with a broad decriminalization framework
  • Rejecting the good immigrant/bad immigrant frame, because that frame pushes many people to the margins and further criminalizes them
  • Hate-free zones, legal advocacy, and other strategies to push back against the harmful, deadly policies of the new federal administration
  • Alignment, based on having built deep relationships and trust across broad coalitions of communities of color, and that this alignment is needed for the very survival of our people
  • Centering the voices and leadership of communities at the local level, especially people of color, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, and others directly impacted by anti-immigrant and mass-criminalization policies
  • Creatively funding local and grassroots work to help organizers build membership bases and grow community-based power; work directly with local leadership for more relevant and creative solutions; and form robust organizational infrastructure that can withstand the resistance and opposition fights over the long term.



Transgender Law Center


This conference call was hosted on February 6, 2017, by Funders for Justice, an initiative of NFG. For more information about Funders for Justice, write to us at fundersforjustice@nfg.org


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