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Join us between May 8th – May 15th for a #NoMuslimBanEver campaign to raise awareness and continue the resistance against the Muslim and refugee bans. Let’s make sure that the courts and the country hears the voices of affected communities and allies in declaring: No Muslim Ban. Ever.
Background: On January 27th and again on March 6th, the Trump Administration issued executive orders that barred travel from six Muslim-majority nations and suspended the refugee program for 120 days. After federal judges in Hawai’i and Maryland blocked the implementation of significant parts of the executive order, the federal government appealed. Hearings are scheduled for May 8th in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Richmond, VA) and May 15th in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Seattle, WA).
Join us for a week of resistance between May 8 and May 15 to declare #NoMuslimBanEver. During this critical week, we must continue to raise our voices against discriminatory policies like the Muslim and refugee bans. Below are ideas and resources that you can use to organize discussions, rallies, direct actions, and forums. Let us know about your event by completing our submission form and checking the Calendar of Resistance.
Here are five ways you can raise awareness and make your voice heard.
- If you are in the Virginia (May 8) or Seattle area (May 15), pack the courtroom or hold a rally outside. Make sure to connect first with organizations that are involved with the litigation (we will post more information about the groups to contact in early May).
- Hold peaceful and supportive gatherings in front of federal courthouses on May 8th and May 15th in other parts of the country. Make sure to learn about any regulations regarding permits and civic actions.
- Hold a discussion at your local place of worship, campus, or community center. Invite local community activists and organizations to speak about the impact of the Muslim and refugee bans.
- Organize events at airports to welcome immigrants and refugees: Airport protests around the country paved the way for opposition to the Muslim and refugee bans. Collaborate on an action with local groups that are organizing at airports.
- Join our Twitter Town Halls on May 9th and May 15th at 2PM EST/11AM PST using #NoMuslimBanEver to raise awareness online.
About the Muslim and Refugee Bans
- What the Federal Courts Said About President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban 2.0 by the National Immigration Law Center
- Latest Developments on the Executive Orders by Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Social Media Toolkits
- Muslim Advocates provides a #NoMuslimBan social media toolkit with tweets and graphics
- Download #NoMuslimBanEver Twitter graphics here
- For interfaith work: Check out resources from the PICO National Network’s Prophetic Resistance Sabbath and Church World Service’s resources on how to get your congregation involved in supporting refugees and volunteer opportunities in your local community. And, sign the Revolutionary Love Project’s pledge and participate in their events across the country.
- For organizing and direct action toolkits: Use resources from Defending Rights and Dissent and its grassroots organizing toolkits and the Washington Peace Center training materials on social/media, legal support, and direct actions.
Actions and Campaigns
- Center for American Progress Action Fund has launched ResistanceNearMe.org, a hub for progressive local #resist actions plus information you need to contact your members of congress. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched People Power; to find a public event or action in your area, visit the ACLU’s event map.
- The Indivisible Guide outlines best practices for making Congress listen and offer toolkits for starting your own group, explainers, and scripts. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids maintains an updated clearinghouse of events happening across the country
- Dulles Justice Coalition offers opportunities to volunteer at Dulles International Airport for international travelers impacted by the immigration executive order.
Supporting Muslim and Refugee organizations
While this is not a comprehensive list, the groups below provide helpful resources and information related to the Muslim and refugee bans and/or are participating in the #NoMuslimBanEver National Week of Resistance.
Arab American Institute (AAI)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and their chapters around the nation
Desis Moving Up and Rising (DRUM)
For More Information:
If you would like to contribute to this guide with Muslim and Refugee Ban related events or resources you are involved with, complete our submission form or contact us. Please frequently check https://nobannowallnoraids.wordpress.com for updates and the calendar of resistance.