Why Trump’s state visit should be opposed
Friday, 10th May 2019
US President Donald Trump
• FOR Theresa May to announce that Donald Trump is coming here on a state visit the same week as thousands of people have taken direct action for climate justice can only serve to highlight the many reasons why we should also protest against his visit on June 4.
Trump is one of the world’s most outspoken climate change deniers. Only last November, when his own government released a report highlighting the devastating impact of climate change on both health and the economy, Trump said “I don’t believe it”. He went on to say that America’s air and water is, “right now at a record clean”.
He should try telling that to the residents of Flint, Michigan, where they haven’t had safe water for the last five years and the state health director is facing involuntary manslaughter charges for deaths relating to dirty water. Or to the Native Americans who have been protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline that could destroy the water and food they rely on.
Not only is Trump a climate change denier, but he is also racist and sexist. He stands against all the values that bring our multicultural city together.
He is on record as describing the far right, including the Ku Klux Klan, as “fine people” and formerly included an open fascist, Steve Bannon, in his government.
He has encouraged the systematic deportation of migrant workers, many who have lived most of their life in the US, and his government is responsible for the caging of children at the Mexican border.
Trump has publicly bragged about his sexist actions, about “grabbing” women, and said last year of the #MeToo movement, “It is a very scary time for young men in America… women are doing great”.
There are many, many more reasons why it’s right to protest against Trump’s visit, and when he came last year hundreds of thousands of us took to the streets and stopped him being able to parade through London. It’s important we do the same again.
LIZ WHEATLEY Branch Secretary Camden Unison, CLLR GEORGIA GOULD Leader Camden Council, GERALD CLARKE Branch Secretary Camden NEU, SANDY NICOLL Branch Secretary SOAS Unison, JONATHAN DARLINGTON Branch Secretary SOAS UCU, SEAN WALLIS Branch President UCL UCU, CLLR SIAN BERRY Green Party, CLAIRE KEENAN Branch Secretary PCS Euston Tower R&C, JOHN LIPETZ Camden Keep Our NHS Public, MONICA GORTA Branch Secretary Unite Clerkenwell & St Pancras, GEORGIA KAUFMAN Secretary Holborn & St Pancras CLP, EMMA BARKER & RIK HOWARD & KELLY PAWLYN Camden Green Party Co-Chairs, CANDY UDWIN Branch Organiser PCS National Gallery, SABBY SAGALL Chair Camden Palestine Solidarity Campaign, LUKE DANIELS President Caribbean Labour Solidarity, GARETH MURPHY Branch Secretary Unite Community Camden, GEORGE BINETTE Chair Camden Trades Council, PAULA LEA Secretary Camden Unison Retired Members, CLLR PAT CALLAGHAN Deputy Leader Camden Council, CLLRS JONATHAN SIMPSON & ABDUL HAI & DANNY BEALES & MERIC APAK & NASIM ALI & MARCUS BOYLAND & ADAM HARRISON & ANGELA MASON & ALISON KELLY & DOUGLAS BEATTIE & RANJIT SINGH & SUE VINCENT & HEATHER JOHNSON & ANNA WRIGHT & SIMON PEARSON & NAYRA BELLO O’SHANAHAN, BARRY WALDEN Branch Co-Chair, PHOEBE WATKINS Branch Co-Chair, ADEJARE OYEWOLE Branch Equalities Officer, VINOTHAN SANGARAPILLAI Branch Treasurer, PHIL LEWIS Branch H&S Officer, MANDY BERGER Co-Convenor, CLAIRE MARRIOTT Co-Convenor, HUGO PIERRE Co-Convenor, JACQUI WALLACE Co-Convenor, MADDY COOPER steward, RON BANERJEE steward, CHARLIE KISS steward, SHARON STEVENS steward, TRACY STOREY steward (all Camden Unison), UNA DOYLE International Solidarity Officer Camden NEU, HELENA AKSENTIJEVIC Rep Camden NEU, BETH OLIVER Young Members Officer, HANNAH SHORT Environment Officer, TOM DRUKER steward, LUIS CARLOS VALENCIA steward, GRAHAM SMITH steward (all SOAS Unison), MANJEET RAMGOTRA Equality & Diversity Rep, TOM ARMSTRONG Branch Chair, FEYZI ISMAIL Membership Secretary, MARIA LA FALCE Rep, TOM PRINGLE Rep, BRENNA BHANDAR Rep (all SOAS UCU), MIKE COULSON Branch Chair Unite Clerkenwell & St Pancras, DEIRDRE KRYMER Disabilities Officer & SHAHAJAN MIAH BAME Officer Holborn & St Pancras CLP, DOROTHEA HACKMAN & 10 others from Camden Extinction Rebellion