|Crowd fills City Hall|
When we started this campaign, people said it couldn’t be done. We tried anyhow. It’s the right thing to do. We worked hard and and as we worked the “we” got bigger. New people got involved. People stepped up into leadership roles. Multiple organizations collaborated.
Organizing works. In addition to drafting model legislation and presenting it to the council, swells of supporters acted to make this possible. Several council meetings overflowed with supporters. People made phone calls, organized vigils, publicized the issue, wrote articles, rallied their friends and neighbors, and put out statements of support. During the vote, multiple Council Members stated that the public support influenced their decision.
Let this be a model for future campaigns. Progress for all is possible, if we work together.
We still have more work to do to ensure the safety of immigrants. We need to make sure the Hudson Police Department adapts the resolution into a policy. As Republicans on the Federal level expand deportations and spread fear of immigrants, we need to build on our local victory and expand our reach.