An Open Letter to World Leaders against Trump:
IN 2021, TRAVEL BANS ARE TWO-WAY STREETS.
As you deal with America’s Travel in War President, we want to introduce you to his complete antithesis: America’s Travel in Peace (TIP) political party.
We are the progressives’ counterpoint to the Republicans’ Tea Party. America’s Red States think we’ve moved past their history of atrocities. But we’re experiencing a fresh wave with the Trump presidency—from the Muslim ban and call for a border wall to trying to dismantle Obamacare in order to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break, to firing every person who’s dared investigate his likely collusion with Russia and trying to discredit the free press. And he’s not just upsetting people at home—Trump provokes international outcries at every turn.
Before he even took office, Trump broke diplomatic tradition and angered China to feed his own ego by taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's president. On his first official workday, he pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Since then, he’s demolished NAFTA, picked fights with NATO, pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, threatened nuclear war with North Korea, repudiated the Iran nuclear deal, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (drawing a rebuke from 128 countries at the United Nations) and riled China and Russia by describing them as “rivals” in his new national security strategy. And he never once showed signs of stopping.
President Trump has actively worked to keep people of color from emigrating to this country. Referring to Haiti and African nations, he asked in an Oval Office meeting, & quote; “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” and suggested the US should get more people from Norway.
Every day a new story breaks that further horrifies us. And we are fighting back. We can no longer wait years for governments to step in. It took the entire world to stop the Holocaust and South African Apartheid. And now we need that global help again. You can make a difference today. We ask each of you not to visit or support the places that oppress us, both with Trump and beyond, both as an act of solidarity and for your own safety, which we fear could be in jeopardy if you visit the heart of Trump’s America.
The world will rightly never allow apartheid in South Africa or Nazism in Germany to take root again. We therefore ask that you help Black America ensure Trump and the Confederacy never rise again by boycotting all travel to red states for the next 10 years.
You have just witnessed first-hand the sheer terror that Black Americans has endured every day in America for the past 400 years with the storming of the Capitol. Terror. Sheer terror. Red States must pay for locking children in cages, terrorizing minorities in America and trying to gut democracy. If not, Trump will rise again in four years. TRUMP MUST CONCEDE, TODAY.
Consequently, please consider redirecting your travel dollars to progressive states like:
· New York.
· New Jersey
Travel in Peace Nation, Inc. is designed to disrupt the trillion dollar travel industry immediately. As the recent Presidential election proved, many Americans still hate people who are different from them. Trump's first pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, reignited a pseudo-Civil War with his renewed “War on Drugs”, Trump's second pick, William Barr, was no better.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. About half of federal inmates are incarcerated on drug offenses. And many of them are serving mandatory minimum sentences that were created during America’s “War on Drugs.”
In a memo, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is on record as saying there is “too much of a tolerance for drug use,” called for prosecutors to charge offenders with the “most serious, readily provable offense,” deviating only in special circumstances and with the approval of the U.S. Attorney General or Assistant Attorney General.
This is not just an effort to fight crime. The “War on Drugs” never has been. From its inception in the 1970s, the war on drugs has been a ruthless, relentless and naked war on minorities, especially African- Americans. The CIA even funnelled cocaine to the inner cities —fueling the crack epidemic of the 1980s.
The “War on Drugs” was a lie crafted to disenfranchise poor African-Americans by getting them hooked on crack cocaine and then charging them with felonies.
So, it should come as no surprise that Trump, Sessions, and Barr all wanted to escalate it.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., successfully urged Congress in a letter to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.” The letter, previously unavailable publicly, was obtained recently by The Washington Post.
“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in the cover page of her nine-page letter. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”
Unfortunately, her letter was not enough to stop Sessions from being bestowed even greater power under the Trump administration. The Justice Department was planning to phase out its use of private prisons due to declining inmate populations and concerns about safety and security. But former Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a six-month old Obama administration directive that sought to curtail the government’s use of private prisons. It said in a Feb. 21 2017 memo that the Obama move had impaired the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.
Obviously, this ties back into the authoritarian right’s desire to imprison more people—and for longer. What’s particularly striking about this is that it’s even more extreme than where mainstream Republicans had been before.
Sessions’ memo itself suggests that the Attorney General was concerned about running out of available space in the 122 prisons the BOP runs itself —but that ran counter to a growing bipartisan consensus “that America was guilty of excessive incarceration and that large prison populations were too costly in tax dollars and the toll on families and communities.”
With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, no other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults were incarcerated in 2014. The vast majority, 86% of those, had been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug related.
Louisiana, for example, proved just how cruel the drug war can be, as the state’s Supreme Court upheld an 18-year prison sentence without possibility of parole for possessing 18 grams of cannabis. In 2014, Gary Howard was convicted of “marijuana possession with intent to distribute” and a Caddo parish judge handed down the harsh sentence, labelling him as a “habitual offender” for a 2008 firearm possession conviction.
The Louisiana Supreme Court determined that the ‘intent to distribute’ charge was justified because Howard had the pot in five separate bags, even though “a prosecution expert conceded the marijuana could have been for Howard’s personal use” and “acknowledged it was possible the marijuana was purchased in the same form that the police had found it.” Chief Justice Bernette Johnson blasted the “outrageous” judgment of her colleagues, who made an arbitrary decision to ruin Howard’s life.
“As a practical matter, in light of the inconsequential amount of marijuana found, imprisoning the Defendant for this extreme length of time at a cost of about $23,000 per year (costing our state over $400,000 in total) provides little societal value and only serves to further burden our financially strapped state and its tax payers,” wrote Johnson. “Legally, the state proved nothing more than simple possession of marijuana in this case.” Johnson went on to suggest that authorities “overreacted” because a firearm was found during Howard’s arrest, resulting in a charge for which he was later acquitted.
The fact that in one state a person can be locked in a cage for 18 years for possessing a plant, while in other states a person can go to a store and legally buy the same amount of the plant, underscores a broken, thoroughly corrupt system. For decades the government has carried out an immoral War on Drugs, created for the purpose of stifling dissent, oppressing minorities and enriching the corporatocracy. To this day, federal government maintains cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic, and we see prohibition serving the same goals.
Fellow Democrats and cannabis and human rights activists, Jeff Sessions—a man who once said he’d thought the Ku Klux Klan was "OK until I found out they smoked pot”—has laid the groundwork for an increased “War on Drugs” for the remainder of the Trump Presidency and potentially beyond. Our criminal justice system already unfairly and disproportionately targets black, brown and poor people. And with Trump at the top, that only got worse. So, like President Lincoln, we must rise up to end modern day slavery for the enrichment of the privileged classes and to the delight of the sons and daughters of the Confederacy.
From The New York Times: “Locking up people who don’t pose a threat to public safety is a waste of taxpayer money, a waste of resources and doesn’t deter crime,” said Steve Hawkins, the president of the Coalition for Public Safety, a sentencing reform advocacy group whose partners are as diverse as the liberal Center for American Progress and the conservative FreedomWorks. Of course, the prison system and its abuses all lead back to greed.
American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century. Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a continually broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years. As a result, there are more (mostly dark-skinned) people performing mandatory, essentially unpaid, hard labor jobs in America today than there were in 1830.
John M. Eason of Texas A&M University writes that the prison boom is a massive public works program that essentially transfers state taxpayer dollars to rural communities, where roughly 70 percent of prisons were built. “In 2014, states spent $55 billion on corrections, meaning the economic benefits to towns come at a high cost to taxpayers,” he wrote in the Houston Chronicle.
We are a group of historians and social tourism activists who simply want all people to Travel in Peace no matter their race, culture, gender or sexual orientation. We are forming TipNation, and our first action is declaring Civil War ll-Cyber Edition against the 13 original slave holding states with a travel boycott. We will not allow Republican voters to hide behind their elected officials without inflicting pain on their economy, businesses and eventually their livelihoods.
Never forget, pain is now a two-way street, and we need millions of Democrats and allies to support our “Feel the Pain Boy Travel Boycott.” The Slavery Economy Era is dead. TipNation is embracing and harnessing the economic power of the Shared Economy Era. Our “Resistance, Reparations and Travel Movement” not punishes the slave states as we redirect tourism dollars to our TipTours divisions andTipbnb. We are honored to introduce Tipbnb. Tipbnb will dramatically reduce the cost of travel both to our fellow blue states and to international destinations as well.
The places that elected Trump are not worthy of our tourism dollars. We can no longer in good conscience support their tourist industry. G20 members and allies, millions of your citizens dream of traveling to America with nothing but peace in their hearts. Likewise, millions of Americans dream of traveling to your country with peace and humility in their hearts. As stated earlier, we can no longer wait years for governments to step in when we know in our hearts that we’re on the right side of history again. It took the entire world to stop the Holocaust and South African Apartheid. And now we need that global help in eradicating America’s cancerous Confederate and corporate travel underbelly for they alone are standing in the way of world peace and all of us being able to affordably travel in peace.
You can make a difference today. Until they support us, we cannot support them. When the TIP Political Party is in the White House, America will finally, truly live up to the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”