#NoHateDebate - Open Letter to CNN

To: CNN GOP Debate Moderators: Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt
cc: Fernando del Rincon, Patricia Janiot, Juan Carlos Lopez, Cynthia Hudson
From: Faith, Immigrant, Labor, Racial and Social Justice Groups
Re: Letter to CNN to Stop the Hate at the GOP Debate

Dear Mr. Tapper, Ms. Bash and Mr. Hewitt,

As faith, immigrant, labor, racial and social justice organizations, we want to express our concern with the increasing hatred and vitriol being directed towards both people of color and the immigrant community by certain Presidential candidates.

We are asking that CNN help bring back a civil debate when it comes to issues that hard working people face at the second GOP presidential candidate debate to be held on Thursday, September 16, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Library. The United States is a nation made up of people from all over the world, of immigrants seeking a better life, and as such, we are disappointed by mainstream media organizations which have left rampant hate speech and rhetoric to stand unchallenged. We strongly believe that journalistic ethics must be upheld to challenge racism, hate, violence and xenophobia during this and all future Presidential debates.

Our diverse communities have contributed blood, sweat and tears to strengthen our American fabric. Despite the many contributions made by individuals and their families, we are beginning to witness a troubling increase in unsubstantiated claims which seek to demonize whole communities. Chants of “white power” at a Donald Trump rally in Mobile, Alabama and the recent racially motivated attack on a Latino homeless man in Boston are examples of a type of hatred not seen for decades. By allowing any Presidential candidate a platform to spew this type of hate, we feel these harmful words will turn into violence against our communities.

The upcoming Presidential Debate will be a test as to how much leeway can be given to the language of hate. The further the candidates are from our diverse experiences, the more they can avoid being held accountable for what they say. We would like to recommend the following pledges to be asked of all Presidential candidates:

* Would all Presidential candidates pledge to stop using hate speech which incites violence against immigrants and working people?
* Would all Presidential candidates pledge to protect the constitution, including the 14th Amendment?
* Would all Presidential candidates pledge to meet and listen to U.S citizen children, spouses, and relatives of undocumented immigrants to find a real solution to our broken immigration system?

America is changing for the better and with it comes an incredible diversity. While some see this as the end to an era they once knew, we see it as the culmination of all that makes our country great. This is the new emerging America. To embrace the change, to be inclusive and to work together to protect the values that have kept our nation going for generations is something no aspiring Presidential candidate can take away. Our Asian and Latino immigrant communities are waiting in the wings for a chance to become citizens and shine. Our African American brothers and sisters are standing up for their rights for the simple chance to live. We lift up together the hopes and dreams with a common thread that connects us and underscores our humanity. We can no longer allow for hate to rule the day, we expect no less from CNN.


[the 71 undersigned organizations]

Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)
Alliance for a Just Society
Alliance for Citizenship
Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC)
Border Angels & Gente Unida
Casa Latina
Causa Oregon (CAUSA)
CDN-California Dream Network
Center for Community Change Action
Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA)
CHIRLAction Fund
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)
Commuidades Unidas (CU) /Communities United
Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM)
CSA San Diego County
El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLHAR)
Human Agenda
Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN)-Alliance for a Just Society (AJS)
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI)
Junta for Progressive Action
Korean Resource Center
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
Latin American Coalition (LAC)
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Maine People's Alliance
Make the Road NY (MRNY)
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Mi Familia Vota
Michigan United
Mobilize Immigrant Vote
Montana Organizing Project (MOP)--Alliance for a Just Society (AJS)
Movimentio Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de Bakersfield College (M.E.Ch.A)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)
National Peoples Action
New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrant Rights-MIRA
North County Immigration Taskforce of San Diego
One America
Palabra Santa Barbara
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)
PICO California
Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Pilipino Workers Center
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Progressive Leadership Alliance for Nevada (PLAN)
Promise Arizona (PAZ)
Rights for All People (RAP)
Salvadoran American National Association, SANA
SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW)
Service Employees International Union, California State Council (SEIU)
Somos Un Pueblo Unido (SOMOS)
Sunflower Community Action
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Texas Organizing Project (TOP)
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
Trinity Episcopal Church
UFW Foundation
UNITE HERE, Local 11
Voces de la Frontera (VOCES)
Workers Defense Project


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