“It is the responsibility of all Americans – of every faith – to reject discrimination.”
“We were founded upon a belief in human dignity – that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.”
– President Barack Obama, December 6, 2015
Open Communities deplores all expressions of hate against any human being or class of human beings.
Calls for deportation, walls, round-ups, and sniper attacks are nothing less than reprehensible acts of violence.
Instead, throughout our nation, Illinois, the Chicago area and right here in our neighborhoods, let us reflect our nation’s promise of community as expressed by poet Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Reach out to your neighbors. Rent, sell or share housing with refugees and immigrants. Speak up to the powers that be for those in need of support. Organize together. Share this. Because a healthy, prosperous and safe community is a just and diverse community.