A statement from the staff of Bulbagarden

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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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This article is an official statement by the Bulbagarden Staff. It expresses the views and stance of the Bulbagarden Network.

The staff of Bulbagarden is writing this as the leaders of a community focused on a video game. We aren't saying this because of a video game; instead, we're speaking out because we are members of a larger community. When the foundational values of our community are at stake, we see no option but to speak out.

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The recent US Executive Order, which bans travel to the US from people born in 7 countries (even if they are legal permanent residents of the US, or in some cases citizens), is antithetical to our values. Free travel and non-discrimination are more than abstract moral goods; they are the values which allowed many of our staffers' families to exist safely in the lands which they now call home. We are a collection of expats, migrants, refugees, and explorers. Many of us had families that chose to search for a better life. Other families left under threat from their homelands, with no choice but to undertake a dangerous journey in search of peace and freedom.

We denounce this Executive Order in the strongest terms. We oppose discrimination directed towards any human being based on their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or national origin. We will continue to speak up against this and other actions which come into conflict with our core values of equality, openness, and compassion. We encourage you to do the same.