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Now is the time to take a stand, regardless of your faith, ethnicity or cultural heritage. The Muslim Ban is back. Tell your elected officials that discrimination against any group of people is an offense to all.

President Trump has introduced dangerous policies that threaten the values our nation holds most dear. Less than a week into his administration, President Trump launched a Muslim Ban, one of the most prejudicial and discriminatory policies many Americans have witnessed in their lifetimes. Once the courts struck it down, his administration rewrote it and instituted a new ban – Muslim Ban 2.0. This is just the beginning, though.

He and other administration officials are also rumored to launch new programs that would spy on Muslim, Arab, Black, and South Asian communities, require a faith-based registry, and launch 21st century witch hunts into Muslim nonprofit organizations.

These policies threaten more than Muslim, Arab, Black, and South Asian communities. They threaten our Constitution. They threaten our vision of America. They threaten our core values and ideals.

This site will provide resources to help you join this national fight for civil liberties. We are stronger when we stand together, a nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Take Action Today

Take these actions today to stand up for the rights of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Black Americans and against these divisive policies. The Muslim Ban is back, and so are we. Join the fight. Stand for equality. Your voice can stop this.

Call your Member of Congress or Senator

Call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Leave a message with their office. Sample messages:

  • “I am a constituent in [Senator/Congresswoman X’s] district and I am extremely concerned about the impact of the Muslim Ban and other policies that would discriminate against my Muslim, Arab, Black, and South Asian neighbors. I want their assurance that they will protect the rights of my neighbors against a Muslim Ban, a Muslim registry, warrantless surveillance, and any other policies that discriminate based on nationality or faith.
  • “I am a constituent in [Senator/Congressman X’s] district and I want to encourage [Senator/Congressman X] to stand up against President Trump’s discriminatory policies, including any witch hunts into the Muslim American community. It deteriorates our constitution, our freedom of religion, and the rights of all Americans to be treated equally under the law.”
  • “I am a constituent in [Senator/Congresswoman X’s] district and I am concerned that a new Executive Order, one that marks the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, would actually launch a series of witch hunts into the Muslim community in the United States. This Executive Order will freeze assets and launch trials of civil rights and religious leaders based on nothing more than heresay. I want [Senator/Congresswoman X’s] assurance that she will fight that Executive Order if it comes down.”

Protest

There are rallies happening across the country in the wake of the new Muslim Ban 2.0. Find one happening in your area here.

If you’re more of a “virtual protest” type, change your Facebook profile photo with OxFam’s No Ban Profile Photo ActionSprout Filter. Or add your name to the #RegisterMeFirst campaign on CAIR’s website here.

Host a postcard party or a fundraising party in your home

Spend the evening writing postcards to your local elected officials or host a dinner where any proceeds are donated to a Muslim, Arab, South Asian, or Black organization of your choice. Pass a hat during the party so friends may contribute to your organization of choice.

Use your money for good

Support companies that have come out against the Executive Order, like Starbucks, Airbnb, and Lyft. Hold companies accountable who have not come out against the Executive Order or, worse, have been working with the Trump administration to enact these policies. Sign petitions, like this one at CREDO, that call on technology companies to refuse to share data with the Trump administration. Visit GrabYourWallet.org to find a full list of companies to boycott or support based on their connections to the Trump administration or various policies.

Communities Taking Action

Faith Communities

If you are part of a non-Muslim religious organization or a church, ask your religious leadership to deliver a sermon on the importance of standing up for the rights of others, including those of other faiths. Ask your religious leaders to participate in Shoulder to Shoulder, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Faith in Public Life, ING's "Know Your Neighbor" Multifaith Initiative, and other interfaith organizations working to defend the freedom of religion for all.

Veterans groups

Veterans are standing up for what is right. Many have worked with Iraqi or Afghan translators whose lives have been endangered by the Muslim Ban. For more information, visit VoteVets, Veterans for American Ideals, Veterans for Peace, and the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign.

Schools

Several universities have designated themselves as “sanctuary campuses” and will stand for the rights of all their students, including international students who have been stranded due to the Muslim ban. See  this list of universities that have already spoken out against the Muslim ban, and learn more about the  lawsuit Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and other universities  have filed against the Trump administration to protect their students against the Muslim Ban. If you are a student, staff member, or faculty at a University, encourage leadership to stand up for their students and designate your campus a  “sanctuary campus”.

If you are a teacher and want to learn how to discuss the Muslim Ban and the Muslim American community in your classroom, visit ING's  “Educator Curriculum” resource page.

Businesses

This is a pivotal time for many corporations. They can stand for what is right, or they can succumb to pressures by the Trump administration. Some companies, like Amazon, haven’t decided whether they will pass data on to the Trump administration to use for surveillance. Others, like  Starbucks, are featuring Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Black Americans in corporate documentaries or, like AirBnB, are offering direct support to refugees and their families. Learn more about “15 companies that took bold stands against Trump’s immigration ban.” There are 97 companies that filed an amicus brief against the Muslim Ban. Find that list here. Call upon your company to take a public stand against the Ban and other bigoted policies.

Local Elected Officials

It’s safe to say that the national political landscape is a mess. President Trump and the White House have taken over the news cycle. However, local elected officials, from mayors to city council members to school boards, are standing up for their neighbors across America. Visit  Local Progress to learn more about local efforts, and encourage your local elected officials to come out in solidarity with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans.

Lawyers

Lawyers from across the country have been gathering at airports and cafes to provide pro bono legal support to refugees and travelers caught in the Muslim Ban. If you are an attorney and would like to provide pro-bono support to individuals affected by the Muslim Ban and other problematic policies, contact Muslim Advocates  and offer to volunteer.

Learn and Listen

The Muslim Ban is just the beginning. 

There are several wrong-headed policies coming soon. These policies may discriminate against Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Black Americans, but these policies also impact all Americans of faith and no faith. These policies weaken our constitution under the guise of national security. This is more than a “Muslim” issue. This is an “American” issue.

What are the differences between Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian Americans?

The Muslim American community shares powerful and diverse beliefs. Find out more about the Muslim American community on the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding’s website.

 

 

Donate

The Muslim, Arab, and South Asian-specific organizations below are on the front lines of this fight for equal rights, and they don’t receive nearly as much funding as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and other large-scale organizations. If you would like your money to have added impact, consider donating to one of the following organizations.

Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee

A civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

Arab American Institute

They’ve already started launching resources for reporting discrimination, and materials to educate lawmakers, community members and allies on the dangers of unconstitutional and undemocratic policies that were proposed during the campaign.

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

The largest Arab American human services nonprofit in the United States. With eight locations and more than 100 programs serving metro Detroit, ACCESS offers a wide range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Fighting for civil rights and empowering Asian Americans to create a more just America for all.

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR):

The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project, housed at the City University of New York, aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices. They have been at airports since the Muslim Ban was first put into place, defending the rights of those in legal limbo or held by airport security.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide.

Desis Rising Up And Moving

A multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

Emerge USA

A 501c(4) that seeks to engage, educate and empower Muslim, South Asian and Arab American (MASA) communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens. (They also have a c3 for those sweet, sweet tax deductible donations)

Inner City Muslim Action Network

IMAN is a Chicago-based community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center.

Islamic Networks Group

Works through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs. (And so much more…)

Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA is a humanitarian organization and a member of Islamic Relief Worldwide. In addition to international relief and development initiatives, Islamic Relief USA also sponsors and funds domestic projects ranging from emergency disaster responses to assisting the American homeless population and supporting those who cannot afford basic healthcare.

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

ISPU conducts objective, solution-seeking research that empowers American Muslims to further community development and fully contribute to democracy.

KARAMAH

Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting human rights globally, especially gender equity, religious freedom and civil rights in the United States. It pursues its mission through education, legal outreach and advocacy.

MPower Change

A grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.

Muslim Advocates

A national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. It seeks to challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny and xenophobia. It also aims to increase the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and to promote a progressive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equality.

The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

A faith-based human rights education organization focusing on racial justice.

South Asian Americans Leading Together

SAALT connects with elected officials, media, and government agencies to highlight issues that affect South Asians. Their work has included regular briefings and meetings with the White House, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security, as well as Advocacy Days that bring advocates and community members closer to decision-makers.

Sikh Coalition

Safeguarding the civil and human rights of all citizens as well as promoting the Sikh identity.