Letter: We Urge You Not to Bid on the Wall

March 28, 2017 -- Jamie Way

The following letter was sent to contractors of major construction firms.

To Whom It May Concern:

We, as a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to the advancement of racial justice and a fair economy, write to urge your company to publicly commit not to participate in or support the design or construction of the US-Mexico border wall.

As you likely know, requests for proposals for border wall prototypes and construction were released earlier this month. Hundreds of companies have reportedly expressed interest in the project. This interest, however, has been met with condemnation from Latino and immigrant communities, elected officials and organizations dedicated to human rights, civil rights, environmental justice and racial justice.

We join the broad, international consensus that has denounced the wall as a symbol of racism and xenophobia, an environmental disaster and an immense waste of resources.

Americans are united around the need infrastructure investment-- and we are united against the border wall. A recent poll demonstrates that the vast majority of Americans—some 62%—oppose the construction of the wall. Opposition will only continue to grow as more people become aware of the astronomical cost of the project and devastating effects on families.

The project will likely be subject to a number of legislative, legal and political challenges. Congressional Democrats have warned of a government shutdown over funding for the project. There has been a wave of interest in banning companies that participate or support the design or construction of the US-Mexico border wall from being awarded public works contracts or receiving investment from public pension funds. To this end, legislators in seven states and four cities have proposed or are drafting legislation. Moreover, the wall will likely be subject to a number of legal and electoral hurdles including land rights fights, environmental challenges and potential statewide referendums.

We invite your company to lead in this area and publicly commit not to participate in the design or construction of the US-Mexico border wall.

Please let us know if we can count on you by replying to this email.

Sincerely,

  • Partnership for Working Families
  • Action Center on Race and Economy (ACRE)
  • Alliance for Greater New York (ALIGN NY)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 
  • Bend the Arc Jewish Action
  • Casa San Jose
  • CAUSE
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Center for Social Inclusion
  • Citizen Action Wisconsin
  • Community Labor United
  • Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE)
  • Credo Action
  • East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
  • FRESC
  • Gamaliel
  • Global Exchange
  • Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
  • Hedgeclippers
  • In The Public Interest (ITPI)
  • ISAIAH
  • Jobs with Justice
  • Labor Network for Sustainability
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
  • Make the Road New York
  • Massachusetts Voter Table
  • National Black Worker Center
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • National Guestworker Alliance
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH)
  • Orange County Communities Organizing for Responsible Development (OCCORD)
  • Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
  • Pittsburgh United
  • Political Research Associates
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Southwest Environmental Center
  • State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
  • SumOfUs
  • Texas Organizing Project
  • The City Project
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Thomas Merton Center 
  • Workers Dignity/Dignidad Obrera
  • Working Families Party
  • Working Partnerships USA