Nichola Torbett 
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Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

I am grateful for this article that brings into public awareness this inflammatory and dangerous email exchange. We have seen in this first nine months of the Trump administration how the propagation of these kinds of xenophobia and racist ideas can lead to hate crimes and the creation of policies that endanger lives.

This country is in need of deep healing and re-education around how to live in peace with our neighbors across lines of religious, ethnic, racial, and every other kind of difference. As a Christian and active member of the Bay area interfaith committee, I hope that people of faith can join with all people of goodwill to cultivate ways of leading with love. I am grateful to the Stop Urban Shield coalition for modeling that in so many ways, including the provision of a beautiful, community-oriented, participatory public emergency preparedness fair on September 8 at Lake Merritt. I learned how to tie a tourniquet, how to do basic self-defense, what needs to go in my earthquake kit, and how to create herbal tinctures to deal with stress and other conditions. Is this the dangerous terrorist/thuglike behavior that Mr. Grant finds so threatening?

I am a part of both the Interfaith Committee for Black Lives and Second Acts, a Christian nonviolent direct action group, and I've been supportive of the coalition to Stop Urban Shield precisely because of the ways in which Urban Shield feeds into the kind of Islamaphobia, racism, and knee-jerk jingoism expressed in this email and shared by Sheriff Ahern, who recommended Grant for the task force.

Posted by Nichola Torbett on 09/26/2017 at 9:54 AM

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