Marking One Year of Resistance: Impacted refugees, leaders and dozens of organizations will host an Islamic prayer — circled by a human chain– in front of the White House, followed by a rally and march to CBP headquarters in protest of continued anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policies
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/23/18) – On Saturday, January 27, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join hundreds of local and national Muslim, immigrant, refugee, and civil rights organizations at a rally in front of the White House to protest the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s first Muslim and refugee ban.
Organizers say that first ban, and subsequent versions of the ban, have discriminated against communities and dismantled the refugee resettlement program.
Impacted leaders still affected by the current bans on Muslim-majority nations will speak about family separation and other negative impacts. Refugee leaders will protest the most recent refugee ban, which alongside other policy changes is estimated to result in only 15,000 refugees arriving this year, just a third of the 45,000-cap set by the President — the lowest in history.
WHAT: Faith leaders, Muslim community members, refugees, and advocates express opposition to a year of Muslim and refugee bans. Allies will form a human chain during an Islamic midday prayer and then march to Trump Hotel and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) headquarters.
VISUALS: Human chain protecting Muslims during midday prayer. Pro-refugee and Muslim posters.
- Afkab Hussein: Somali refugee separated from his family due to multiple travel bans
- Imam Talib Shareef: President and Imam The Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad
- Naeem Baig: Muslim spoken word artist
- Rev. Reuben Eckels: Church World Service
- Yasmine Taeb: Iranian American and Legislative Director for Human Rights & Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Nihad Awad: National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Other speakers to be announced
- Begins at noon on Saturday, January 27. Prayer will be held at 12:20 p.m. Speeches 12:30-1 p.m. March to CBP begins at 1:30 p.m.
- Noon Rally: Outside the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500
Co-Sponsors: Poligon Education Fund, Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Immigration Law Center, Muslim Advocates, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Defending Rights and Dissent, Veterans For Peace, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Franciscan Action Network, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, National Iranian American Council, National Council of Jewish Women, Church World Service, Justice for Muslims Collective, MPower Change, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, We Are All America, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Dulles Justice Coalition, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, American Civil Liberties Union, MomsRising, Shoulder to Shoulder, Emgage Foundation, MoveOn.org
CAIR is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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