Organizing for safety and information needed during Trump presidency, says Fil-Am leader

SAN FRANCISCO – Two weeks have passed since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States and, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), 701 incidents of hateful harassment since Election Day have been reported.

Although, the number has been declining three days after the election.

Types of incidents include anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-LGBT, swastika vandalism, and anti-Muslim.

The SPLC tracks anti-Trump incidents as well.

In response major cities have seen mass protests against Trump’s election and of these incidents of hate.

Terry Valen, president of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), says that while Filipinos are historically not foreign to hate and discrimination in the U.S. safety and unity must remain as priorities.

“We really have to know who we are and be proud of who we are to stand up for ourselves and be connected with each other and organizations, community groups, and be connected with the other communities around us that are facing a lot of the same discrimination and racial targeting a lot of it from Trump’s administration,” said Valen.

He adds that his organization have been reminding the immigrant community that no matter who is elected president their rights still exist.

Valen said, “People have basic rights: to not speak to police, to ask for an attorney, to say they are not going to speak without an attorney, don’t sign anything without an attorney, have your documents on you, and just look out for yourself and your families’ interest.”

Valen welcomes peaceful protests and hopes that people remain engaged in the issues in order to produce real change.

“Together we need to hold each other up and look out for each other,” said Valen. “So we can actually get at some of these deeper questions of economic situation of this country and how we can approve kind of how the politics and economics in this country are not serving every day Filipinos but also the larger American population.”

Some major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles say they will remain as sanctuary cities despite Trump’s threat to take away federal funding from them if they continue to protect the undocumented from deportation.

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  • Mario
    26 November 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Democratic Party is finished, Nancy Pelosi as the leader is old,their SOCIALIST, LIBERAL agenda will never work, that’s why HClinton, now 69 yrs, lose the election.Come January, Trump will appoint a conservative SupremeCourt Justice,this will last for the next 30yrs. Justice Scalia served the SC for 34yrs. On Trump first term, 1 or 3 SC Justice will retire will retire, this will guarantee USA as a conservative country for the next 50-100 yrs.Sorry liberals, blame Obama, his major accomplishment is the destruction of the Democratic Party.The 21 selected SC nominee are all conservatives, it means,no more killing babies, no more 3 bathroom,2nd amendment will be stronger,political correctness will slowly eliminated and no more open borders, end and defunding of sanctuary cities and many more. To all Liberal, stop crying, time to move for Canada. With the appointment of ONE conservative Justice by Trump is already the greatest accomplishment of his career.

  • h
    29 November 2016 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Why can they all wait and see what Donald Trump going do as our President, before they all say something bad about him. Look Filipinos if you all don’t care about our new president and can’t wait to see, what he can do for our country, go back to the Philippines. So you can be happy with your life. Because this is our country not yours.