San Francisco Board of Supervisors Vote to Resist Trump’s Racist Attacks

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Vote to Resist Trump’s Racist Attacks 

Yesterday,  the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the San Francisco Anti-Registry (“Non-Cooperation with Identity Based Registry”) law, the first ordinance of its kind in the country.  A coalition of organizations – Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – (ALC), the SF Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the National Lawyers Guild – SF (NLG SF), and the ACLU of Northern California have been organizing for weeks to ensure that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on an ordinance that held the City accountable for resisting any potential registry.

The law will stop San Francisco from “using resources to create, implement, provide investigation or information for, enforce, or otherwise assist or support any government program requiring the registration of individuals on the basis of religion, national origin, or ethnicity, or creating a database of individuals on the basis of religion, national origin, or ethnicity.” A critical component of the legislation is that it includes the ability for residents and community organizations to  hold the City of San Francisco legally accountable to this law.

This sets a precedent for the rest of the country. There is no reason why similar ordinances shouldn’t be passed in every city.  Our community, our neighbors and our allies should feel proud that it was their steadfast demands, and hard work that made the passage of this ordinance possible, and have paved the way for further resistance and victory.

The law will now proceed to a second reading at the Board of Supervisors next week, and then to Mayor Lee’s desk for his signature.  Please stay tuned for further updates.