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What to Know
- On May 26, Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death after confronting a white supremacist for yelling slurs at a Muslim woman and her friend. Micah David-Cole is now being treated for serious, non-life-threatening injuries after also intervening. What happened in Portland is deeply tragic and Arjun Sethi writes in the Washington Post that attacks like Portland’s will keep happening unless we all fight white supremacy. Zahir Jonmohamed, Policy Director for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, also decried white supremacy in a column for CNN Opinion entitled,“Portland Isn’t As Liberal As You Think.”
- U.S. embassies began a new, intensive process for vetting visas. The tougher scrutiny was rolled out following Trump’s March 6 memorandum requiring enhanced visa screening. Beginning on May 25, both visitors and would-be immigrants may be given a three page supplemental questionnaire asking for passport numbers, travel history over the past 15 years, travel funding, and usernames for all social media accounts for the past five years. Though “voluntary”, not answering the questionnaire could be cause for visa delay or denial.
- On Thursday May 25th the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to lift the nationwide injunction on the Muslim and refugee bans and concluded in its ruling that the revised order, “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” Reflecting on the #NoMuslimBanEver National Week of Resistance, Laura Li writes why As an Asian American I support #NoMuslimBanEver and its importance especially during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On June 1, the Trump administration formally asked the Supreme Court to review the litigation and reinstate the Muslim and refugee bans.
What to Do – Action Items
- ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization operating in the U.S., is organizing a series of nationwide protests on June 10 branded “March Against Sharia.” The organization is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the rallies will explicitly target Muslim communities. The events are primarily being publicized through the Twitter account @MarchAgstSharia, using the hashtag #MarchAgainstSharia.
Here are a few ideas for countering ACT’s hate and bigotry on June 10.
- Share a statement of value
- Host an alternate community-centered event
- Organize a counter-protest
- Engage with the media
- Pressure ACT to cancel event
Please contact Madihha Ahussain at Muslim Advocates or Lindsay Schubiner at the Center for New Community if you would be interested in additional information on how to resist these protests. The following counter rally and march has already been scheduled:
- June 10 | 10 AM – 2 PM EST: (NYC) NYC Loves Muslims Rally + March