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Mayor Mapp: Silence Implies Complicity, We Must Speak Out

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Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield
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Dear Plainfield,

It is easy to fall into a state of hysteria, what with all the information flying across social media, some of it factual, some of it lies, and much of it speculation.

Yes, President Trump has made some bold and drastic moves two weeks into his presidency. Many people have been impacted, and it has left in its wake a sense of unease and fear of what might come next.

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While President Trump claims that his motives are to make America safe, his actions fly in the face of American values. America has always been the standard bearer against oppression, against bigotry, against intolerance; how then can we celebrate the division of families and the targeting of people based solely on nationality or religion? When did we become a nation that would turn a blind eye to those fleeing persecution and possible death? What happens to our collective soul as a nation when we turn our backs on basic human rights?
 
Until we see a loved one being taken away for no other reason than that they fit a profile, it might be easy to ignore what is happening because we are not impacted. But understand that silence implies complicity, and it can lead us down a very slippery slope.

In a poem written by German Lutheran Pastor, Martin Niemöller he describes how something so horrific as the holocaust could occur, and while some may cringe at the reference it is a perfect analogy for political apathy;
 
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.


 
It's no secret that Plainfield has one of the most diverse communities in New Jersey. A large percentage of our city is comprised of immigrants from far and near, and it is natural to wonder how this will affect the people we know and us.

We care about every single resident here, regardless of how and when they arrived, and we will treat each and every one with dignity and respect. We will ensure that anyone who feels they need protection will be pointed in the direction of the appropriate resource.
 
We must speak out and stand by what is just and right. Immigration reform and refugee screening should be executed in a thoughtful, measured, dignified and humane manner and that is what we support in this city.

 Creating One Plainfield, One Future...
 

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
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Silencio implica complicidad - Tenemos que hablar

Estimado Plainfield,

Es fácil caer en un estado de histeria, con todo el vuelo de la información a través de los medios de comunicación social, algunos de lo fáctico, de mentiras y gran parte de la especulación. Sí, el presidente Trump ha hecho algunos movimientos audaces y drásticos dos semanas en su presidencia. Muchas personas han sido impactadas, y ha dejado a su paso una sensación de inquietud y miedo de lo que podría venir siguiente.
 
Mientras que Presidente Trump afirma que sus motivos son para hacer seguro de Estados Unidos, sus acciones van en contra de los valores estadounidenses. Los Estados Unidos siempre ha sido el abanderado en contra de la opresión, el fanatismo y la intolerancia; entonces, cómo podemos celebrar la división de las familias y la selección de personas basadas únicamente en la nacionalidad o la religión? ¿Cuándo nos convertimos en una nación que sería cerrar los ojos a quienes huyen de persecución y posible muerte? ¿Qué sucede a nuestra alma colectiva como nación cuando nos volvemos la espalda a los derechos humanos básicos?
 
Hasta que vemos a un ser querido no ser llevado por ninguna otra razón que encajan un perfil, puede ser fácil ignorar lo que está pasando porque nosotros no estamos afectados. Pero entiendo que el silencio implica complicidad y puede llevarnos hacia abajo por una pendiente muy resbaladiza.

En un poema escrito por el Pastor Luterano de alemán Martin Niemöller, él describe cómo podría ocurrir algo tan terrible como el Holocausto, y mientras que algunos pueden temblar en la referencia es una analogía perfecta de apatía política:
 
Primero, vinieron por los socialistas, y no hablé porque yo no era socialista.
Luego vinieron por los sindicalistas y no dije nada porque yo no era sindicalista.
Luego vinieron por los judíos y no dije nada porque yo no era judío.
Luego vinieron por mí y no quedaba nadie para hablar por mí.
 
No es ningún secreto que Plainfield tiene una de las más diversas comunidades de Nueva Jersey. Un gran porcentaje de nuestra ciudad está formada por inmigrantes de lejos y de cerca, y es natural preguntarse cómo esto afectará a nosotros y la gente que conocemos.

Nos preocupamos por cada residente individual, independientemente de cómo y cuando llegaron, y tratamos todos y cada uno con dignidad y respeto. Nos aseguraremos de que toda persona que considere que necesitan protección se apunta en la dirección de los recursos apropiados.
 
Debemos hablar y soporte por lo que es justo y correcto. Reforma de inmigración y refugiados de detección deben ser ejecutados de manera reflexiva, medida, digna y humana y es lo que apoyamos en esta ciudad.
 

Creando Un Plainfield, Un Futuro

 
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City Of Plainfield


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