The Memorial Fund's Statement on DACA

“Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.”

—Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations.

We stand with all those working to ensure the safety, stability, and accessible pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and those registered with DACA. As a family foundation founded by the son of a youth immigrant to this country, we believe that the immigration system should be fair and humane for all. We are deeply disturbed by both the rescinding of DACA and the racist, false rhetoric surrounding much of the national conversation. We understand these actions as a violent manifestation of the white supremacy that is so deeply entrenched in our country. We will not be silent, we will not be passive, and we will not allow the erosion of civil, humane society.

As we stated nine months ago:
“As an organization, we aspire to meet hatred with love and action, divisiveness with community-building and inclusion, and ignorance with education and support. As communities in Connecticut organize to oppose the racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other systems of oppression given fresh voice and power in this election, we want to offer immediate support.”

Our dedication and offer remains as we have already given out over $100,000 in Responsive Grants in immediate support for those who work to protect and support threatened populations. New grantees include Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D) and the Connecticut Immigrants’ Rights Alliance among others who are supporting these communities.

Our Responsive Grants remain available as long as we see a need for these communities and populations who are threatened to receive support.

Many resources exist for those who want to offer support or get involved in encouraging the government to exercise the basic tenets of human rights and democracy:

May we see an end to the bigotry that grips our country and may we return to the work of inclusion, equity, and justice for all peoples.

Lisa Graustein, Chair of the Board
David Addams, Executive Director