“The word ‘collaborationist’ has lost its meaning in these eight decades since World War II, but our collective and collaborative silence and passivity is as damning as those who turned in their neighbors in Europe because they had been declared ‘different than us.'”
Asheville is an activist’s town, and 2018 controversies in local government, including the ongoing fallout from the investigation into former County Manager Wanda Greene and the police beating of Asheville resident Johnnie Rush, gave local residents plenty of reasons to seek change.
“Thank you for not letting us forget this ongoing and horrific violation of these most vulnerable persons detained in for-profit concentration camps.”
“In Western North Carolina, an April ICE raid placed 27 people in a detention center in Georgia, five hours away from their families.”
“To hear of people in our community with no criminal records cowering in fear of going to the grocery store is shocking.”
“Reading that illegals have the temerity to insist that county commissioners do something to stop immigration enforcement should enrage anyone who believes in the rule of law.”
Starting on April 14, CIMA and other local advocacy groups received word that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were detaining people in the Asheville area.