Sign this petition: Demand Congress act to repeal the Muslim ban!

In a decision that will forever stain our history and the legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court—alongside cases like Dred Scott, which upheld slavery, and Korematsu, which permitted the incarceration of Japanese-Americans—our nation’s highest court ruled in favor of Trump’s Muslim Ban. In doing so, it gave the green light to an administration that has made xenophobia, racism, and anti-Muslim bigotry its official policy.

From the Muslim Ban to policies like locking immigrant children and their parents in cages, Trump’s agenda is rooted in White Supremacy. He consistently endorses dangerous policies to harm, dehumanize, and exclude people of color.

Every day that Congress fails to take action, the Ban continues to block people from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Those impacted are separated from their loved ones, denied educational and professional opportunities, life saving medical treatment, and family milestones. This policy is based on nothing other than Trump’s bigoted campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Trump and the Supreme Court may allow policies that discriminate against people based on how they worship or where they come from, but Congress still has the power to #RepealTheBan, and should do so immediately. We urge you to support H.R. 4271 and S. 1979 and stand up against Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Click here to sign a petition telling Members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate: Demand Congress act to repeal the Muslim ban!

Muslim Ban Blocked as Demonstrators Take to the Streets in LA

 

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The Arab American Civic Council welcomes the decision by two federal court judges who blocked President Trump’s third and latest version of the Muslim Ban. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii,  first issued the block on Tuesday, October 17th, only hours before the ban was set to take effect. The federal court in Maryland followed on Wednesday, October 18th, with another block, calling it an “extricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban” – Maryland District Judge Theodore D. Chuang.

Since the first Arab and Muslim Ban, the AACC has been organizing our community to take action against this discriminatory executive order. On Sunday, October 15, the AACC along many coalition partners, co-sponsored the #NoMuslimBanEver march and rally in Los Angeles.

The March started at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo where hundreds of protesters from diverse ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions came together and stood in solidarity with impacted communities everywhere. The people then took to the streets to express their opposition to President Trump’s third and latest version of the Muslim ban. Several protesters shared their personal stories and described how this ban directly affects them and their families, while allies from different groups expressed their solidarity with the community and addressed their own experiences with past discriminatory and unconstitutional policies. Chief operating officer of the Japanese American National Museum, Rick Noguchi, emphasized the parallel struggles experienced by Japanese Americans in the past and Muslim Americans today. While Kanji Sahara, a Japanese American Internment Camp survivor, left the crowd with a strong and loud “Never again!”

The protesters marched and rallied in front of the Roybal Court Center, a plaza that houses the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office, and the Metropolitan Detention Center. Mirvette Judeh, Vice Chair of AACC, led the chants, and speakers from various backgrounds addressed the government’s use of criminal justice and immigration policies to oppress minority communities.

The final stop took place in front of the Federal Courthouse, where participants listened to personal narratives from individuals impacted by the ban. Areej Ali, Sudanese-born green card holder who was visiting her family in Sudan for the first time in 20 years, was prohibited from boarding a flight back to the U.S. and eventually detained at LAX, due to the ban. According to Ali, she was treated like a criminal despite her being a Legal Permanent Resident. The rally concluded with AACC board member Iyad Afalqa who reflected on the inhumanity of the current ban and emphasized the importance of challenging the status quo by “being the voice for the voiceless”.

The March and rally was made possible by your support and the hard work of the staff and volunteers of dozens of local organizations led by CAIR-LA and included Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, California for Progress, Unite Here Local 11, Jewish Voice for Peace, March and Rally Los Angeles, CHIRLA, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, ACLU-SoCal and many others.

Please make a donation today, to continue to empower our advocacy efforts on behalf of the local Arab American community.

 

Santa Ana votes to condemn executive order against immigrants

On Tuesday, February 7, the Santa Ana City Council voted 4-2 in favor of a resolution denouncing President Trump’s Executive Orders which promised to defund sanctuary cities and instituted a ban against immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries. Arab American Civic Council members were among the audience who spoke out in favor of the resolution.

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Arab Americans in SoCal take part in resistance against Trump’s executive orders

Last Friday evening a Seattle judge instituted a nationwide restraining order against the bigoted executive order to ban travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries, which halted its implementation across the entire U.S.  The White House then promised to appeal the decision, but the appeal was denied, allowing the affected immigrants to continue to travel to the U.S.

This victory was won because hundreds of thousands of people came together in unity to resist the ban and took to the streets and airports across the nation, including here in Southern California.

Ho16266089_710284622463302_1669401135122231807_nwever, we ask our members and supporters to remain vigilant, and continue this beautiful resistance to stand with those targeted by the Trump Administration’s executive orders.

In past two weeks we took part in the following actions:
1. Joined rallies at LAX to welcome refugees and immigrants as they arrive
2.  Provided translators to help families arriving, including an Iraqi refugee mother diagnosed with cancer detained for 6 hours before her release. (See: KPCC)
3. Participated in two press conferences to reject the bigoted travel ban alongside diverse community organizations. (CBSNBC)
4. Participated in the rally in front of Rep. Mimi Walter’s office to show concern about the travel ban and ask for an open town hall meeting. (abc7)

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Resist Trump’s Executive Orders

The Trump administration is turning the bigoted rhetoric of his presidential campaign into bigoted policy, less than a week into holding office. The proposed ban on Muslims and shut down of our borders are the first steps in a Trump-era agenda that criminalizes entire communities based on their nationality and origin.

We are resisting. 

  • We participated in the Women’s March this past Saturday in Santa Ana where more than 20,000 people reportedly attended joining close to 3 million people nationwide in a show of unity against hate and bigotry. Our vice chair Mirvette Judeh-Maaytah was one of the featured speakers at the event. Watch her electrifying speech here.
  • screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-12-40-21-amWe held a press conference along with a coalition of immigrant rights and civil rights organizations in Santa Ana. Read the OC Register’s write up here. Watch NBC’s news segment here.

3 things you can do today to RESIST Trump’s Executive Orders:

  1. Attend the immigration town hall meeting today at 2pm hosted by Rep. Lou Correa. Prepare statements and questions about Trump’s Executive Orders. Details here.
  2.  Join us at the #NoBanNoWall march to the federal building in Santa Ana to resist and fight for Orange County as a Sanctuary County, a county that welcomes all immigrants and refugees. Details here.
  3. Call your representative to urge her/him to speak out against Trump’s bigoted executive orders.