Mar 202017
 
 March 20, 2017

“The illogic of the Government’s contention is palpable.”

The above statement is part of U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson’s decision to overturn Trump’s second iteration of the EO on travel bans (i.e., Muslim Ban 2.0).  It expresses what Local 4121 members and hundreds of thousands of others nationwide have stated since inauguration day through airport occupations, marches, lawsuits, general strikes, and more.  Mass mobilizations and legal actions taken by UAW, in coordination with labor and immigrant rights communities, have again resulted in a setback to President Trump’s agenda.

Following the decision of the district court judge in Washington, who overturned the first travel ban, the judge in Hawai’i wrote: “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

Judge Watson heavily cited in his statement the opinion of the district court judge in WA who issued the first restraining order, which was written in response to the first lawsuit brought by Attorney General of Washington (you can see our contribution to that here).

These lawsuits are being driven by and centering affected members who are willing to speak out and resist!

In our continuing efforts to stand in solidarity with and fight for the rights of all affected members, we are calling on UW to bargain over the impacts of the Executive Orders.  If you haven’t voted yet, please vote ‘yes’ for the bargaining goals!  An email was sent on 13 March– please look for “UAW4121BGV – Link to online ballot” in the subject line. If you do not receive a ballot yet, you can request one here.

Again, another temporary restraining order has blocked Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim ban!  Great work is being accomplished, and is only possible through the pressures of direct action and every other tactic we have!  Stay tuned, stay focused, and resist!

In solidarity,

Theresa Aliwarga
Douglas Avella-Castro
Andrea Canini
Anthony Castanza
Ying-Yu Chen
Monica Cortes Viharo
Kristen Garofali
Arshiya Hoseyni Chime
Katya Kolesova
Dylan Mayer
Elizabeth Mills
Chelsea Pagan
David Parsons
Michelle Pham
Shua Sanchez
Viral Shah
Sam Sumpter
Arash Tarkhan
Judy Twedt