(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/13/2017) -- On Sunday, October 15, the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and a coalition of partner organizations will hold a #NoMuslimBanEver March and Rally in Downtown Los Angeles. The March and Rally is a response to the Trump administration’s unconstitutional “Muslim Ban 3.0” and the continued marginalization of vulnerable communities.
SEE: More information about the October 15 Rally at: https://www.facebook.com/events/117936108871889/
Participants will assemble at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) at 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, where speakers will highlight the similarities between the ban and other exclusionary policies throughout U.S. history, including the incarceration of the Japanese American community.
“As a Japanese American growing up in the 1940s, I heard people say lock them up, put them in the desert. With nobody to stand up for the Japanese American people, that is exactly what they did,” said former incarceree Kanji Sahara. “This administration’s actions have been deplorable, and we will stand with our Muslim American brothers and sisters because our motto is ‘never again.’”
The March will proceed north on East 1st Street and turn right on South San Pedro Street to 225 East Temple Street, where participants will gather in front of the Roybal Court Center, in a plaza that houses the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office, and the Metropolitan Detention Center. Speakers will address the government’s use of criminal justice and immigration policies to oppress minority communities.
“We have experienced the effectiveness of protests and rallies throughout the first nine months of this administration. The LAX protests put an immediate halt to the first Muslim ban during Trump’s first days in office,” said Maro Kakoussian of the March and Rally. “We will continue to protest these abhorrent orders to preserve our democracy that celebrates diversity and does not fear it.”
Finally, the March will proceed down East Temple Street and turn right on Spring Street, stopping in front of the Federal Courthouse at 312 North Spring Street, where participants will hear personal narratives from individuals impacted by the ban, and speakers will reflect on the inhumanity of the current and previous versions of the Muslim Ban.
“The newest version of the Muslim Ban is as unconstitutional, unethical, and unjust as the previous two iterations. We cannot stand by and continue to allow the bigoted and discriminatory rhetoric and policies of this administration marginalize and oppress our families, friends, and communities,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “We must come together in our shared struggles, and no matter how many times we may fall, we must rise, we must march, and we must resist.”
The coalition of more than 60 organizations expects hundreds of Southern California residents to join the #NoMuslimBanEver March and Rally.
The coalition is also a part of the national #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort focused on resisting the Muslim Ban.