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You are invited to attend Jan. 28 Richmond court hearing and rally against the Muslim Ban

As-salaam alaykum,

On Tuesday, January 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, will hear arguments over whether civil rights groups can proceed in challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban based on its discriminatory intent.

Please join us that morning in court and — after the court hearing concludes — join us outside for a press conference and rally.

The day’s events will also mark the third anniversary of Trump’s first Muslim Ban executive order 13769, which was issued on January 27, 2017.

SEE: The Facebook Event Page 

RSVP: Fill Out the Event’s Google Form

DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TIME: Showing up in Court: Lining up to witness court proceedings begins at 8:30 AM outside the courthouse. Courthouse doors open at 8:45 AM. The hearing will take place in room 207. The court will begin hearing cases at 9:30 AM.

COURTHOUSE RULES ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom unless you are an attorney.

TIME: Press Conference and Rally: Immediately following the Muslim ban hearing, a press conference and rally will take place outside the courthouse. The press conference will take place sometime between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

NOTE ON EVENT’S TIMING: Because the Muslim ban case is one of several being heard by the court that morning, the court will notify the public at 9:30 am EST when the Muslim ban oral argument will take place.


United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse & Annex

1000 – 1100 E. Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Sponsors of the day’s anti-Muslim ban courtroom event, press conference and rally include:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU of Maryland

ACLU of Virginia

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

International Refugee Assistance Project


Justice For Muslims Collective

Muslim Advocates

National Immigration Law Center

No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign


In May 2019, a federal district court in Maryland rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to throw out a case filed by a coalition of leading civil rights groups alleging that the Muslim ban could not be explained by anything other than a bigoted purpose and, as a result, is unconstitutional even under the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii.

The district court found that that the lawsuit plausibly asserted that the President had “exhibit[ed] religious animus toward Muslims and articulat[ed] a desire to ban Muslims from entering the United States.” Judge Chuang allowed the civil rights groups’ challenge to move forward, because the facts asserted “support a conclusion that the Proclamation was issued for the illegitimate purpose of advancing fear and hatred toward Muslims.”

With that district court decision, civil rights groups would have been able to conclusively prove in a court of law that the Muslim Ban’s genesis and its implementation were rooted in prejudice and provide a formal accounting of this historic injustice.  Unfortunately, soon after the Maryland federal court’s decision was issued, the Fourth Circuit stayed the case pending a hearing and ruling reviewing it by the Fourth Circuit. 

The hearing will address three cases being considered in parallel by the federal court:

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.

Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, brought by Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), the Iranian Students’ Foundation (ISF), and four individual plaintiffs.

Zakzok v. Trump, brought by CAIR, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Jethro Eisenstein of Profeta & Eisenstein, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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