A century ago, fascist regimes colored our history dark. Large groups of people were stigmatized, persecuted and eventually: killed. As students, we learned about the process of mass genocide and how to prevent it. That is, by not giving our vote to people who are calling for hate against certain groups of people, and very importantly, to not keep quiet when the persecution has begun. We have to stand up against it, even if the policies aren’t affecting us directly. We still need to raise our voice. These 14 celebrities, influencers, CEO’s and companies have done that.
Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always.
— Twitter (@Twitter) January 29, 2017
This is my favorite tweet. Donald Trump, just like any other populist politician, uses social media to reach as many people as he can with just one message. His favorite medium is Twitter: He was an active user during his campaign, sending out disturbing messages in only 140 characters. Luckily, his favorite tool has also called him out. Thanks, Twitter.
2. Reed Hashtings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix
3. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook says ‘it is not a policy we support’
In a message to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that he was concerned about Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting immigration from seven countries, and that “it is not a policy we support.” In the memo, he also noted that the company had reached out to the White House to protest the orders.
On LinkedIn, CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella shared an email that was sent to all Microsoft employees. He highlighted this piece:
“As a company, Microsoft believes in a strong and balanced high-skilled immigration system. We also believe in broader immigration opportunities, like the protections for talented and law-abiding young people under the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, often called “Dreamers”. We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion. And we believe in the importance of protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings.”
5. Rihanna (and she’s clearly angry)
Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
It’s very important for famous celebrities to share messages like these, being the role model of a lot of people.
6. Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
7. Jason Fried, founder and CEO of Basecamp
— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) January 29, 2017
Spreading the word while actually contributing as well, is the perfect combination of solidarity with the victims.
8. Kim Kardashian
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 29, 2017
9. Miley Cyrus
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) January 28, 2017
Famous singer and actress Miley Cyrus makes it loud and clear: Stand with immigrants!
10. J.K. Rowling
When I worked for Amnesty International in the 80s, these were the kind of stories told by political prisoners in dictatorships. https://t.co/y7CXLQK1n0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017
11. Mark Duplass
Dear world, know that the majority of Americans are appalled by President Trump's ban. We are ashamed and going to fight it. So sorry.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) January 28, 2017
12. Kerry Washington
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 28, 2017
13. Adam McKay
We've lost something very precious.
And traded it for a cowardly, foolish illusion of safety.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) January 28, 2017
14. Kumail Nanjani
You're saying to a billion people "You're all the same. You're all dangerous to us." Children hear this. You breed evil here & everywhere.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017
The Muslim ban is frightening, yet it can not make us speechless. Not now. Not ever. The Germans where silent when fellow citizen were hated on, carried away and killed. We can never be silent to a regime that is persecuting innocent people.