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Having community makes big struggles possible | Waging Nonviolence

by Kirsten Han

…. When a police officer in Denver tells protesters at the airport that exercising free speech without a permit is illegal, I think of Hong Lim Park here — the only place in the entire country in which citizens can gather for a cause or protest without first seeking permission from the authorities. When Trump suspends the refugee program and turns his back on the thousands of people desperately in need of help, I think of how Singapore continues to refuse refugees, to the point where we refuse entry to ships with possible shipwrecked refugees on board. When I think of the discrimination inherent in the singling out of particular countries to ban, I think of Singapore’s “source country restrictions” when it comes to migrants on work permits, where we only allow people from specific countries to work in particular industries. When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that civil servants who disagree with the government should leave public service, I think about the civil servants in my own country and how expressing dissent threatens their jobs.

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