March 16: Protest Racist New Muslim Ban!
Thurs., March 16, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
101 W. Congress
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This protest is being organized by the Arab American Action Network. Read the full call for this protest below!
All Out and Spread the Word Now! The united resistance must respond to the Trump regime’s attacks on the Muslim and immigrant communities in the largest numbers possible. We must continue to unite around women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, workers, the poor and all those who are under attack. We will not be divided. We will build an unshakeable wall of solidarity to defeat the Trump agenda of racism, sexism, bigotry and war!
It is the United States empire with its bombs and wars and support for illegal occupations that has caused the refugee crisis and led to the rise of ISIS in Syria, Iraq and across the greater region. It is the United States that has torn apart the fabric of whole societies making them unlivable. And now it is the United States under president Trump that seeks to close its borders to the very victims of its genocidal policies. We must stand with and unite with the people of the world in these times of reaction and growing crises. We must say no to the Trump administration’s escalation of the war in the Middle East!
Let’s Stand Together on March 16 and say, “Yes to Refugees! No to the U.S. Wars for Empire that Made 60 Million People Refugees! #NoWall #NoBan!”
The call from the protest organizers:
On March 16th, 2017, Trump’s new version of the Muslim Ban will go into effect across the United States. The new ban still affects people from 6 Arab, Muslim, and African countries, including Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, and Syria. While the trump administration has tried to apply cosmetic changes by excluding legal permanent residents and those who already have visas, one thing is clear–It is Still a Muslim Ban.
The new ban is cloaked in the same xenophobic, Anti-Arab, and Anti-Muslim language of the first. In attacking our communities with the language of the War on Terror, it is clear that the goal is to further target and criminalize our communities through racism.
This ban also comes on the heels of the ramping up of ICE activity as a result of the DHS memos on immigration enforcement. These dangerous memos have created a climate of repression and fear across immigrant communities in the U.S., especially Mexicans and Central Americans. This is why the Chicago welcoming city ordinance amendments, now in the city council, are so important to be passed.
Lastly, this ban also comes as the DOJ, led by racist Jeff Sessions, has promised to further criminalize protests, and take the gloves off local police departments, like Chicago’s, allowing them to get away with their brutality and crimes.
For these reasons, we say join us on March 16th at 4:30pm at 101 W Congress Parkway in downtown Chicago, as we so NO to the Muslim Ban, NO to ICE raids, and NO to the criminalization of Black communities and protest.