To: 2016 Presidential Candidates

Dear Presidential Candidates: #WeMakeAmericaGreat

Dear Presidential Candidates: #WeMakeAmericaGreat

As people of faith, we believe all people are created in the image of God. Therefore, we call upon all candidates to stop dehumanizing immigrants and marginalized people for political gain. We encourage the candidates to build their platforms with language and policies that acknowledge the contributions of each member of our diverse congregations and communities, for together, we all make America great.

Why is this important?

As people of faith and moral courage, we believe all people are part of one family, and that we need to act together to build a world that respects everyone’s dignity.

We reject the messages of candidates whose platforms, language, and campaigning exclude, discriminate against, and perpetuate violence towards members of our communities because of their citizenship status, gender, race, or sexuality.

Many 2016 presidential candidates have chosen to build their campaigns on fear. Their use of xenophobic, racist and derogatory language has activated nationalist and white-supremacist groups throughout the country, inspiring further hate speech and violent hate crimes against immigrants and people of color.

More so-called “moderate” presidential hopefuls have failed to stand up against these dangerous ideas. Some have defended the racist term “anchor babies” to describe infants born to undocumented parents, recommended we track immigrants like FedEx packages, and suggested we send air-strike drones to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Our Values

As people of faith and moral courage, we are called to welcome the sojourner and love our neighbor. We are appalled by the ugly, divisive, and cowardly tactics from candidates running for the most powerful office in our country.

The United States was founded on the moral principles of liberty and justice for which civil rights leaders have struggled to make a reality for generations. We can’t move backwards to policies that resurface segregation. Instead we must move forward, with moral principles that value the diversity of all people and make America great. This includes immigrants, both new and established, and a range of identities in gender, faith, sexuality, race, and ethnicity that enrich our communities and strengthen the values we hold as people of faith and people of good conscious.

Our vision of a better and more just world means calling on all political leaders to recognize the inherent value of all people, regardless of citizenship status, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.

Please sign this petition if you are ready to dump the divisive language and policy proposals pushed by extremist candidates, so that together, we can make America great!


Reasons for signing

  • I serve a God that created this diversity. Diversity, as I see it, is divine.
  • Anyone who has to belittle others to get attention and support imay be not only lacking in positive qualifications of their own, but is also encouraging an attitude of resentment and even hatred that should not be part of the American way of looking at and treating the rest of the world's human population.
  • We are all immigrants on this land...

Updates

2015-09-17 11:05:28 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2015-09-16 18:10:26 -0400

500 signatures reached

2015-09-16 14:29:06 -0400

100 signatures reached

2015-09-16 13:53:08 -0400

50 signatures reached

2015-09-16 13:31:48 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-09-16 13:19:55 -0400

10 signatures reached

2015-09-16 12:49:07 -0400

If you would like to join us on social media for the next presidential debate tonight - Sept. 16 @ 8pm EST/5pm PT on CNN, here is a social media guide: https://docs.google.com/a/auburnseminary.org/document/d/1RIRntIv00cEZ9TTIB1NAwWGSgLjtOGCffwVpjInVabc/edit?usp=sharing