Coalition launches #NoMuslimBanEver National Mobilization

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort happening in the weeks leading up to and on October 10, 2017.

On October 10, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear two cases about the Muslim and refugee bans, Trump v. Int’l Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii. The Supreme Court will decide whether the executive order from the Trump Administration that temporarily bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and suspends the refugee admissions process violates the Establishment Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

We ask you to join the campaign by raising awareness through events, forums, dialogues,  and actions, and by attending the national mobilization on October 10 in Washington, D.C.

You can register events and attend events in your local community by visiting the campaign website, which also provides graphics and a toolkit to help organize your event.

Anniversary of 9/11

The 16th anniversary of 9/11 was remembered yesterday with events and conversations nationwide. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) held 30 Queer Azaadi (Queer Liberation) protests, community funerals and other actions in cities with regional partners honoring people impacted by state and White supremacist violence. Online conversations through #MySept11MuslimStory brought communities together to discuss their racialized experiences of Islamophobia and racism post-9/11.

Community leaders also reflected on their own experiences since 9/11. Urooj Arshad wrote an essay entitled, Why This Queer Came Out as Muslim on 9/11, and Maha Hilal penned a column entitled, The War On Terror Has Targeted Muslims Exclusively. Deepa Iyer also wrote about the toll that crisis and rapid response has taken on activists and organizers in Reckoning With Trauma 16 Years Later.

Online action by hate group ACT for America met by counter protests

In the wake of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, hate group ACT for America rescheduled their 67 “American First” rallies for an online action this past Saturday targeting immigrants, Muslims and refugees.

ACT’s “Day of Action” was met by online counter protests from over 200 local leaders, constituents, and civil rights organizations organized by Center for New Community and Muslim Advocates. Many also sent letters to mayors asking them to “unequivocally condemn white supremacist and anti-Muslim hatred and make it clear that bigotry and violence are not welcome” in their communities.

9th Circuit rules against Trump and for refugees

On September 7, a three-judge 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that refugees who have relationships with a resettlement agency are exempt from Trump’s executive order. They found that the government did not persuasively establish why the Muslim and refugee bans should be enforced against close relatives of people (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) from the six Muslim-majority countries or refugees with guarantees from resettlement agencies in the U.S. The 3-0 ruling takes effect on September 12.

“We welcome the court’s decision and stand ready and able to resettle more refugees as a result,” said Erol Kekic, Executive Director of Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee program. “Even though this decision comes at the tail end of the fiscal year and after tens of thousands of refugees have already been denied, even one additional life is worth saving.”

Action Items

September 12 | 5:30 PM (Washington D.C. – Capitol Hill): SAALT and National CAPACD are leading a Rally to #CounterACTHate in #OurNeighborhoods. Learn more here.

September 15 | 9 AM (Washington D.C. – George Washington University Law School): Annual conference on Building National Security On Inalienable Rights: Voices from the Ground

Learn more about events happening in your local community on #NoMuslimBanEver from now until October 10.

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