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CAIR-SFBA: Advocates and Community Members Impacted by the Muslim Ban Hold Community Gathering, Petition Drop Off, and Call for Legislation Repealing the Ban

WHAT: Press conference and community gathering following #RepealTheBan petition drop off at Congressional offices.

On Wednesday, January 16, advocates and San Francisco Bay Area individuals impacted by the Muslim Ban are bringing together community members at the S.F. Federal Building as we near the two-year anniversary of the Muslim Ban to urge the new Congress to defund the Ban and support efforts to #RepealTheBan. Advocates will be bringing a nationwide petition with over 70,000 signatures of Americans urging Congress to introduce and support legislation that repeals the Muslim Ban.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16th, 5 pm PST

WHERE: San Francisco Federal Building

90 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103


  • SWANA Alliance
  • CAIR San Francisco Bay Area
  • MPower Change
  • Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
  • NIAC Action
  • Yemeni Alliance Committee

WHY: In June 2017, the Supreme Court upheld the racist and Islamophobic ban on refugee, Muslim, and immigrant communities. The Supreme Court has been wrong in the past, as seen in cases like Dred Scott to Korematsu. With the Executive branch as the architect of the Muslim Ban, the Legislative branch has an opportunity to reverse the damage caused by the Trump Administration and the Supreme Court. Congress can directly impact the lives of our communities. We as communities and allies call on our representatives to do the right thing -repeal and defund the Muslim Ban.

Last November saw the election of women, immigrants, refugees, people of color, queer, trans people in record numbers to the United States Congress. These historic victories were driven by the efforts of marginalized communities. Now in office, it is time for Congress to stand with the most marginalized among us. From #AbolishICE to the Green New Deal, Congress must rise up and forward the most marginalized in their new agenda. It is time to


Interviews available.



Zahra Billoo, CAIR-SFBA, 626-252-0885,

Sophia Armen, SWANA Alliance, 818-625-6284,

Jehan Hakim, Yemeni Alliance Committee, 510-686-3047,

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