Rep. Ellison Statement on Boycott of White House Iftar Dinner
WASHINGTONâ€”Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after groups attempted to organize a boycott of the White House Iftar dinner.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to visiting with President Obama at the White House Iftar. While I certainly share the concerns of the people who have called for the boycott, I disagree with the tactic. It will not close Guantanamo Bay, guarantee a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine or undo the NSAâ€™s targeting of Muslims.
â€œThe leaders of the Montgomery Bus boycott and the United Farm Workersâ€™ boycotts didnâ€™t have the opportunity to speak directly to the White House about the issues affecting their communities. Boycotting was one of the few tools on the table at that time. A boycott of the White House Iftar dinner tonight won't help advance an agenda on the policy matters we care about. If the boycott was successful and no Muslims showed up, then no one would talk about the issues on behalf of our community.
â€œPrecisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present, passionate and articulate members of the community must be there tonight.â€