Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends:
“We the People of the United States,” enshrined in our Constitution a common creed to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Therefore, we the people must all take a stand against statements or actions that threaten to abridge our rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of public assembly, as well as the rights to privacy and due process under the law. We strive to fulfill the vision of our country’s founders: a nation of immigrants and a beacon for democracy and human rights based on the knowledge that all are created equal.
Therefore, we at Nuestra believe that it is imperative to be a voice of solidarity, especially in the current tumultuous political climate, to defend against any threat to our democracy and our community. As Martin Luther King reminds us: “If we are to be a great democracy we must all take an active role in our democracy. We must do democracy. That goes far beyond simply casting your vote. We must all actively champion the causes of the common good.” Nuestra will continue to champion the common good for the residents of the Roxbury community. Our values call us to express our unequivocal stance against racism, sexism, xenophobia and other forms of bigotry. We understand that our strength derives from humility, diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect.
Boston has always been a community of immigrants, from the earliest settlers to today’s newest Americans. Heroes of the abolition movement such as William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass, strove to push both the city and country toward a higher ideal of liberty and justice. Douglass remarked that “nowhere more than here have the principles of human freedom been expounded,” but that until inalienable rights like freedom of speech are “accorded to the humblest as freely as to the most exalted citizen, the government of Boston is but an empty name, and its freedom a mockery.” Civil rights leaders like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, once called Roxbury home, and drew inspiration from their surroundings. Later, neighborhood activists in Roxbury fought to preserve and improve their community in the face of destructive urban renewal policies. Citizens in Roxbury will continue to honor this legacy, and oppose policies that discriminate against our neighbors and punish our most vulnerable citizens.
In summation, Nuestra will work with the city and state to support our residents and defend their dignity, regardless of country of origin or legal status. We at Nuestra, in unison with our colleagues, partners, and friends in Roxbury and beyond will not tolerate rhetoric and executive actions that seek to divide us and fracture the civil rights and liberties that our communities fought to secure. Together, we can make Boston a true sanctuary city, and resist aggressive immigrant deportation policies, attempts to demonize or restrict religious freedom, and the erosion of rights to free speech and public protest. Together, we will continue to accomplish our mission, build bridges instead of walls, and express our unwavering commitment to build a more open, inclusive, and equitable American society.