In response to Trump’s immigration bans in late January, Cincinnatians rallied at a protest organized by R+R at City Hall to demand the following items from their politicians:
The goals of this rally are two-fold.
1) We are showing our support and solidarity for our immigrant families, friends, and neighbors by utilizing the power of peaceful democratic assembly and our right to demand action from our elected officials.
2) We demand the following actions in Cincinnati:
1) We demand the City Council of Cincinnati assert that immigrants are an essential part of our city, and voice their unwavering, continuous support for immigrants of all types in Cincinnati. They must issue a declaration rejecting the Trump administration’s immigration bans. This declaration of support must be given to both Governor Kasich, and the White House.
2) We demand the City Council submit and approve legislation declaring Cincinnati a sanctuary city for all immigrants before the immigration ban is lifted.
3) We demand the City Council direct funding toward the long stalled Immigrant Welcome Center. This project, launched in October of 2015, has yet to come to any meaningful fruition despite Mayor Cranley’s assertion it would take “six to eight months to get the project organized.” Cincinnati is one of the very few cities its size in the nation to not have a welcome center that serves as a resource for newly arrived immigrants.
4) We demand the City Council reaffirm and mandate in tangible terms protection to all immigrants through policing and community outreach in Cincinnati given the current anti-immigrant climate.
There will be petitions for action on-hand and online to deliver to Cincinnati’s city council demanding they declare Cincinnati an immigrant friendly city.
Roughly 700 people attended the event, during which local immigrants, refugees, native-born Americans, and politicians spoke. It was magical.
Despite some haters, the rally was hugely successful; Cincinnati was declared a sanctuary city!
Regardless of the progress, some state and local officials stated not only disapproval, but blatant disregard for the will of Cincinnatians. Clearly, our work is not done.