Ed Murray, Seattle Mayor, wants the Democrats to know one very important thing; that anger must be “attached to a strategy.
In an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, Murray had a lot to say about his background as an HIV/AIDS activist during the 1980’s, finding many comparisons between the anger and outrage that existed back then, and the same that exists today.
‘This is a really angry time. And anger is really important. I can remember being young at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis and the protests we did and the anger that existed.’
Murray feels as though eventually the anger surrounding a cause must be channeled into a strategy. Although protesting is very important, because it is a good expression of anger, eventually a plan to conquer what is causing said anger must be implemented.
‘We really do need to get on with what are the strategies we want to see, what are the things that we want to actually accomplish?’
Murray believes “we are dealing with America’s first authoritarian administration” and suggests that there needs to be a clearer agenda among the Democrats, rather than just protesting Trump and his agenda.
‘The resistance in general, I think, needs to get really focused on deliverables, on very concrete deliverables. If we’re talking about immigration, I think we know what the deliverable is — we need to reform our immigration policy in general. If we’re talking about race, let’s talk about race and let’s get really concrete. What are the things that we need to have happen? And stay focused on that.’
A suit was filed in the city of Seattle last month to clarify and executive order signed by Trump, that would ultimately end funding to “sanctuary cities” of which refuse to obey the federal immigration officials.
The suit filed in Seattle asks the federal district court judge to declare that the city is in fact acting in accordance with the federal law. The suit is also asking the judge to declare that Trump’s order to end funding to sanctuary cities is a violation of the 10th amendment and is unconstitutional, as it attempts to force the city to enforce federal immigration laws. The suit argues that withholding federal money, which is unrelated to the immigration enforcement, in an attempt to force the city to obey, the order is violating Article 1 section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Although the suit is arguing for these points, it does not seek a restraining order to halt Trump’s executive order.
Murray boldly stated:
‘Seattle will not be bullied by this White House or this administration. The federal government cannot compel our police department to enforce federal immigration law and cannot use our federal dollars to coerce Seattle into turning our backs on our immigrant and refugee communities.’
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