Senator Jamie Eldridge’s full remarks from the Civil Rights Rally for Immigrants and Muslims in Boston on Wednesday, February 1 – Team Eldridge
“I want all immigrants to our state and all our Muslim friends and neighbors to know that you have many allies in the Massachusetts Legislature. We know that many of you risked your lives – fleeing political oppression and economic despair, to come here so that you can enjoy equality, liberty, and opportunity – and we will stand firmly against those who want to take that away from you.
While Donald Trump may have won the election, he has not changed our Massachusetts values. We will not sit idly by and watch our country be dragged back into the past.
We have to protect and celebrate the rich diversity that reflects why the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is called the cradle of liberty.
Fighting back against tyranny is an integral part of our history, and we will lead the battle against any attempt to destroy our social fabric or our state constitution.
From the Boston Tea Party to marriage equality, the leadership and action in Massachusetts has always helped shape the nation’s consciousness on civil rights.
Today, we need to see that kind of courage from our state legislators on behalf of immigrants and Muslims in our communities.
That’s why I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of the Safe Communities Act. The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry.
I will fight against the targeting of Muslims, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, women, and for the rights of all our residents every day I hold office and every day after that.
Our laws reflect our values, and I urge everyone in our state to come together to fight for our rights, for our vision of America, and for the people who depend on us.
Thank you everyone for being here today.”