The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) tweeted to come on out to Washington DC tomorrow to ‘celebrate’ the one year anniversary of the President’s first so-called Muslim “ban.”
Here is the facebook page for the event. If you happen to be in the DC area you might want to swing by and have a look-see. Take pictures if you do!
(Highlighting is mine)
PRAYER. RALLY. MARCH.
ADVOCATES AND ALLIES TO FORM HUMAN CHAIN AROUND MUSLIM PRAYER AT RALLY MARKING ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN
Impacted refugees, leaders, and dozens of organizations rally in front of White House and march to CBP headquarters in protest of continued anti-Muslim, refugee, and immigrant policies
Washington, D.C. – Hundreds will join local and national Muslim, immigrant, refugee, and civil rights organizations at noon on Saturday, January 27th in front of the White House to protest the one-year anniversary of the first Muslim and Refugee Ban and subsequent bans that 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. 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. [Wow! They think it will be as low as 15,000! They will surely all go broke with so few paying clients!—ed]
WHAT: Faith leaders, Muslim-American community members, refugees, and advocates express opposition to a year of Muslim and refugee bans. Allies will form a human chain during Islamic midday prayer and march to the Trump Hotel and Customs and Border Protection headquarters. [Get pics if you go!—-ed]
Later in the day, we will engage in a creative visual act of protest at the Trump International Hotel with someone directly affected by the ban.
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
Lakshmi Sridaran, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Other speakers to be announced
12:00 PM EST on Saturday, January 27th. Prayer will be held at 12:20 PM EST. March to CBP begins around 1:30 PM EST.
5:45 PM EST on Saturday, January 27th. This creative visual act of protest will include someone directly affected by the ban available to speak to the media. Please meet at the entrance to the Federal Triangle Metro station, 302 12th St NW
12:00 PM EST action:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
The exact location of the rally is on Pennsylvania between Madison and Jackson Place NW. On the street, in between Lafayette Square and the White House.
5:45 PM EST action: Federal Triangle Metro station, 302 12th St NW, Washington DC 20004
Three (in red) of the nine federally funded refugee resettlement agencies*** are co-sponsors. What happened to the other six?
Co-Sponsors: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), American Civil Liberties Union, American Family Voices, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Church World Service, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Defending Rights and Dissent, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Dulles Justice Coalition, Emgage Foundation, Franciscan Action Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of the Earth, HIAS, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Indivisible, J Street, Justice for Muslims Collective, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, MoveOn.org, MPower Change, Muslim Advocates, Muslim Public Affairs Council, National Council of Jewish Women, National Immigration Law Center, National Iranian American Council, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Oxfam, Poligon Education Fund, reSisters, Shoulder to Shoulder, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Veterans For Peace, We Are All America, Win Without War
**Please note by choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event, and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage. If you bring a bag, please do not leave it anywhere as it is a security risk and will be confiscated by police. Please bring your own water, no water bottles will be handed out.**
Go here to see if Church World Service is speaking (and protesting) on behalf of your church!
***These are the nine federal resettlement contractors. Only three this time want to put their names on this event. The number in parenthesis is the portion of their budget that you involuntarily pay!
- Church World Service (CWS) (71%)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)(93%)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) (99.5%)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) (57%)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular) (66.5%)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular) (98%)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) (97%)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (97%)
- World Relief Corporation (WR) (72.8%)