Statement from NHMC on President Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio


Alex Nogales, President & CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

This President has no shame.  Two weeks ago he equated the nazis, kkk and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville armed with clubs, knifes and fire arms to the counter demonstrators protesting their hate filled racism.

This past Friday this same President shamelessly pardoned Joe Arpaio, a racist sheriff convicted of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order to stop racially profiling Latinos.

What has become abundantly clear is that President Trump is more interested in protecting and satisfying his political base than unifying our country through ethical conduct, fairness and the rule of law. If a man is judged by his actions the time has come to call this man out for what he is or has become, an irresponsible bigot.


Karen Hobert Flynn, President, Common Cause

President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is a clear and dangerous abuse of power, worthy of censure by Congress.

The pardon signals immigration officials and law enforcement officers across the nation that the president will have their back if they follow Sheriff Arpaio’s example of defying rather than enforcing the law. It’s also a rebuke of Maricopa County voters, who turned Arpaio out of office last fall after a campaign focused on his abusive and illegal treatment of Latinos. 

Two federal judges have concluded that Arpaio willfully disregarded court orders that he stop his deputies from detaining Latinos based solely on suspicions that they might be in the U.S. illegally. The president’s sworn duty “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” is not a license to undermine our courts and invite law enforcement officers to violate their orders.

At Sheriff Arpaio’s direction, Maricopa County deputies detained and abused thousands of Latinos, trampling on their constitutional rights. He and his subordinates racially profiled Latinos as a matter of standard policy and practice - one of the many forms of institutionalized racism that has disproportionally and unjustly filled this nation’s jail cells with people of color.

The sheriff took an oath to enforce the law. He and the president are now united in their contempt for the law and their disregard for their sworn obligations.

SOMOS -Confronting White Supremacy by celebrating cultural richness

The violent actions of Neo-Nazi and White supremacists in Virginia last week have spurred many people of conscience to raise their voices in opposition to this ugly, racist display.  We would like to encourage and thank all those who are taking a stand.  At the same time, it is important to remember that every single day, Latino immigrants, Muslim Americans, LGBTQ individuals, and communities of color are experiencing a constant barrage of less-obvious injustices perpetrated through institutional racism and xenophobia.

We have received a flood of inquiries from people asking us what they can do to stand up to intolerance and bigotry.  One concrete action is to support Latino communities who have quietly taken on the arduous task of dismantling racism, hate and xenophobia in their own communities.

Our SOMOS/We Are program is one such initiative.  It is rooted in the celebration of cultural expression and identity, and it brings people together in new ways that help them visualize a world free of prejudice and hate.

This work relies on the voluntary efforts of dozens of organizations, but it needs resources to grow and spread.  Just this past month, Alianza Americas members and allies have created safe spaces in Chicago, Miami, and Jamaica Plains (MA), where children, youth and their families use art and culture to tear down barriers and build solidarity, through community actions that celebrate diversity and promote tolerance. Later this month, the program moves to Nashville, and Antioch, Tennessee, then to the Bronx, NY.

July 1st: General Synod Workshop in Baltimore: Break Hate - Stop Online Hate Speech

UCC OC Inc. will lead a workshop on how to fight back against hate speech when the UCC’s 31st General Synod meets in Baltimore this weekend. The workshop, “Break Hate!,” will be held on July 1 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 342 of the Baltimore Convention Center.

OC Inc. Policy Adviser Cheryl Leanza will be joined by Tyler Cherry of Media Matters for America, and Carmen Scurato, of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, founder of the Coalition Against Hate. The workshop will review how to identify fake news and hate speech, and how to influence content online and on television while preserving First Amendment rights.


For more information on General Synod, go to


SOMOS/WE ARE is a collaborative initiative developed by Alianza Americas and its members and allies, using art, music, video, and other cultural expressions to tell the true stories of immigrants and our communities. SOMOS/WE ARE provides a powerful counter-narrative to the negative and misguided perception of immigrants that has come to dominate public discourse and policy making, thereby harming our communities, not just in the United States, but also in other countries around the world, including our own countries of origin.

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“Together, the Coalition Against Hate will meet with news media network executives to make sure that our voices are heard over the rhetoric that misinforms, prejudices, and energizes those who would commit hateful acts. It is infecting our workplaces, classrooms and homes, and we are joining groups that represent women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people of every faith and walk of life to say enough is enough. It's high time we restore a civility to our public discourse that accurately represents and respects all people."


Alex Nogales, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition