How to: 4 Ways to Take Action Against the Muslim Ban from Overseas!

#NoBanNoWall #nobanonstolenland #nobannonstolenland (get the pun?)
The hashtags are everywhere. Luckily, so are the protestors.

We may be itching to go to the airports in our hometowns, but in lieu of physical protest, we can still take action against the ban. Here are some ideas:

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1) CALL CONGRESS!
Congresspeople respond to phone calls. Staffers on both sides of the aisle have confirmed this. Call to insist that they stop the Muslim Ban. Don’t leave a voicemail if you can help it—speak with any staffer you can.

Find your senators and representative here (SAMPLE SCRIPT on site):
http://bit.ly/2kHNjsy

2) CALL YOUR DISTRICT ATTORNEY!
**Applies to all district attorneys with prosecutorial discretion.

Explanation:
Contact your District Attorney and ask them for a moratorium on broken windows prosecutions. These include offenses like: jumping the subway turnstile, selling DVD’s on the street, forgetting to pay a fine, trespassing, and having a small amount of marijuana.

These arrests and prosecutions do not make us safer, and already disproportionately burden poor communities of color. But now under Trump these prosecutions are having devastating consequences for our non-citizen community members. In fact, under the new Executive Order, just being accused of a crime could lead to deportation. Until we know what this means for Trump’s immigration enforcement, we are asking the District Attorneys to stop prosecuting broken windows offenses.

Find your DA online. Make sure to search by your county.

Sample script:
[Ask to speak to the District Attorney or their deputy]
Hi, my name is _____ . Your office represents “the people of the state of ___” in the borough/county of ______ and I’m calling as one of your constituents. With Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order, all non-citizen [inhabitants of your district] face new and grave threats of deportation just by being charged with a crime. I’m calling on you to uphold your duty to protect the people of [district] with a moratorium on prosecuting broken windows offenses and quality of life crimes. The harm of deportation now arises at the charging stage, even if the case is later dismissed or the person given a non-criminal violation offer. The DA’s office has enormous discretionary power to act on behalf of the people of this state, and we ask you to use your discretion in service of our collective interests for a strong, diverse and welcoming [state/district].

3) DONATE!
Don’t underestimate how important this is. You empower people who know what they’re doing. Even if it’s $20, it helps! You can also choose to make a recurring monthly donation. Here are some top organizations working against the ban:

ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union. The 97-year-old non-profit organization that sued Trump. (https://action.aclu.org/secure/donate-to-aclu)
NILC: National Immigration Law Center. Established in 1979, exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. (https://nilc.z2systems.com/np/clients/nilc/donation.jsp)
IRAP: International Refugee Assistance Project. Organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. (https://refugeerights.org/support-the-work-of-irap/)

4) DELETE UBER!
On the January, NYC taxi drivers called for a one-hour work stoppage from 6-7pm at JFK airport in solidarity with the protesters. Instead of joining in, Uber said it would turn off surge pricing for rides from JFK, which many interpreted as Uber’s way of profiting from the protest.

“Prior to the strike, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick spoke out against the executive order on Facebook. He also said that the company will financially compensate employees affected by the order — meaning those who are overseas and unable to reenter the US — during the at least three months the ban is active.” (From vox.com)

Your choice!

What is the ban?

Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of all persons with passports from several majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. This includes green card holders, travelers and visitors with approved visas, and refugees. More on ban here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/trump-immigration-ban-syria-muslims-reaction-lawsuits

Is it fair to call it a Muslim ban?

Yes. Trump claims that the ban has nothing to do with religion, and that it was enacted for reasons of national security, but Trump’s own rhetoric against Muslims indicates otherwise. Even former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said that Trump asked him how to do a Muslim ban legally. (http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316726-giuliani-trump-asked-me-how-to-do-a-muslim-ban-legally)

What has been the response?

Thousands descended on U.S. airports to voice their support for detained travelers and their outrage at Trump’s Muslim Ban.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) immediately sued Trump and won a preliminary ruling—which applies nationwide—ensuring that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not removed from U.S. soil.

Politicians from both sides have come out against the ban. (Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) statement: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/1/statement-by-senators-mccain-graham-on-executive-order-on-immigration)

Want to know more? Here’s a great article on the bigger picture. Warning: it’s scary. https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/trial-balloon-for-a-coup-e024990891d5#.tbrft93bx

By: Guest Contributor, Medellin Colombia

Did you take action? 

Let us know from what country and how it went at americansresistingoverseas@gmail.com. If you have action ideas from overseas, send us a message!

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