Response to Donald Trump refugee and Muslim bans

I would like to begin by saying that I share in your outrage and disgust at Trump’s decision to suspend the US refugee programme and ban entry to nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen as well as the go-ahead on the Dakota pipeline and the cuts in funding for NGOs and institutions that carry out abortions – and this is just to name a few of the regressive and repulsive orders that he has signed since his inauguration.  It is clear that he will seek to destroy the progress that the world has made on environmental and climate issues and you can be sure that we will do everything in our power to resist this.

We must not allow the threats to human rights and the global rule of law to go unchallenged. At this time, it is vital that European leaders confront Trump and show solidarity with those he is seeking to victimise. This is why as Greens we were horrified at the behaviour of the Prime Minister who seemed determined to position the UK as a supportive ally of the US and condone these outrages. We expressed our outrage in a letter signed by elected Greens which reiterates our opposition to Trump’s tyranny which you can read here.

Yet I have been encouraged and emboldened to see so many people across the UK, Europe and indeed the globe mobilising against Trump’s misogynistic and racist values. Thousands of people attended the women’s marches in cities everywhere, and thousands more are mobilising this week to protest against Trump’s #MuslimBan.

Molly with her daughter at a demonstration against Trump in London.

I joined the protest in London last night with my daughter. I am particularly struck by the large number of women we see at these rallies, both as organisers, speakers and protestors, and strengthened by the role that men are playing in supporting these women while demonstrating their own rejection of Trump’s misogyny. I hope to be able to speak at the rally in Bristol this Saturday.

As I am sure you know, the UK petition to refuse Trump a state visit to the UK is well on its way to two million signatories. Another campaign that I have been following and supporting in particular is Bridges not Walls, a campaign that is seeking to unite people under a banner of welcoming and tolerance. I believe that the many forms of creative and peaceful protest that we have seen in recent weeks can be an incredibly powerful tool for holding our leaders to account.

Please be assured that I will continue to be vocal against Trump for as long as he continues with such abhorrent policies, and will speak out against our own government in the UK for as long as they continue to legitimise his actions.