Japanese Americans Against the Muslim Ban

‘We Japanese Americans definitely remember our past, and that’s why we stand with Muslim Americans today.’





Queer, Muslim and APIA Advocacy Orgs Protest Post-9/11 Hate Violence With Weekend of #QueerAzaadi Actions

Checkpoint protests, community funerals and other actions in cities across the country will honor people impacted by state and White supremacist violence.

The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) announced the #QueerAzaadi campaign, whose name incorporates a word for “freedom” from various South and Central Asian Languages, on September 1. NQAPIA will work with more than 30 national and regional partners—including UndocuBlack Network* and Queer Muslims of Boston—to coordinate actions across the country.

“We cannot separate being harassed because of our gender identities from being harassed because of the color of our skin,” reads the NQAPIA’s statement. “Transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Blackness and xenophobia all reinforce each other in our lives.” 

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Power to the People: People’s tribunal a platform for arguments surrounding Muslim ban

In the week before a new presidential proclamation banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries takes effect, a coalition of human rights groups put the Muslim Ban on trial through a people’s tribunal.

“The People vs. the Muslim Ban” was held on Oct. 9, the day before the Supreme Court was scheduled to have a hearing on the Muslim ban. With the release of the new proclamation on September 24, the high court decided to cancel its hearing for now.


Flying while Muslim: My name made me a suspect

When I last flew out of San Diego International Airport, I was not only “randomly selected,” I was subjected to the most violating experience of my life. When I arrived at the airport a couple of months ago, I saw a very bad omen: four S’s on my boarding pass, which meant I was flagged for Secondary Security Screening Selection, a high-level search. I didn’t think much of it at first, and I even believed the agent who said it was a “random search.”

First came the body scanners, one after another. Then agents insisted on a pat-down, invasively grabbing every inch of my body. We all have to endure inconveniences at the airport, but this was different. My body was being violated for no reason other than the name my parents gave me and the religion I practice. By the end of that search, something in me died. The airport that had felt like an extension of my home now seemed like a prison.


Protesters take to the streets to oppose Trump's travel ban 3.0

Muhammad Al-Muwadda stood in front of the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, clutching a sign that said “Muslim Ban Survivor.” He and his American-born wife had recently moved to the United States from Yemen, but the journey had not been easy.

After a civil war broke out in Al-Muwadda’s homeland in 2015, the couple moved to Jordan and waited more than a year and a half for him to get cleared to join his wife’s family in Pasadena. He finally got his immigration papers in December. Then Trump’s original travel ban struck.

“After waiting a year and seven months, they said we hadn’t been vetted and screened enough,” he said. “If it wasn’t for that courageous judge in Seattle, we wouldn’t be here.”


Pavement Pieces: “Muslim Ban” and Bigotry Unite Protestors

In New York’s Foley Square, Muslims, Jews, Christians and people not affiliated with any religion, came together tonight to rally for “No Muslim Ban Ever.” But behind their prayers and lamp-lit banners was so much more than just a policy protest.

“There’s that sickness of bigotry of thinking that you can keep somebody out,” said Rabbi Marisa Elena James at the Lower Manhattan protest. “Nobody is immune to being drawn into a hateful ideology.



‘Time for moral courage’: Seattle crowd protests Trump’s immigration policies

A few hundred people rallied against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies Sunday in Seattle, calling on the administration to reverse course on a range of initiatives that limit travel or refugee entry to the United States and threaten others with deportation.

The cause for the gathering was Wednesday’s looming enforcement of the Trump administration’s latest travel and refugee ban, but the event served as a venue for criticism of a range of White House policies.

Leaders of immigrant-rights groups, labor unions and religious communities took the stage to criticize plans to erect a wall on the southern U.S. border, the suspension of an Obama-era program that shielded from deportation people brought to the United States as children and excessive force by police officers against minority communities.


Arab-American Family Support Center to Present "Stomp Out the Muslim Ban

One activist group is aiming to use dance as a form of protest in a Brooklyn-based event happening Monday, October 16. The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is partnering with the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and The Illuminator to present "Stomp Out the Muslim Ban" — an evening filled with art and music dedicated to activism. The event, which will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall, will feature performances of dabke, which is a form of Arab step-dancing, as well as the amplification of voices who have been directly impacted by the current administration's policies.

So why dance? Aber Kawas,  an advocacy specialist with NNAAC's Take on Hate,  says that "dance and music has always been a way for oppressed people to preserve their culture and resist," adding that the entire theme of the event is "resistance through culture and movement." Ultimately, the goal of the event is to highlight the experiences of young Arab women who were impacted by the ban, and to share those stories with others. "


Protesters: Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Always Was And Still Is A Muslim Ban’

Demonstrators rallied at O’Hare International Airport On Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, despite two federal judges blocking the latest version of the president’s order.

The morning the ban was supposed to go into effect, more than 50 protesters gathered outside the International Terminal at O’Hare to say the ban is still a threat, and still unfair, even though it’s held up in court.

“This always was and still is a Muslim ban. The addition of the countries of Venezuela and North Korea are nothing more than a thin, badly-placed veil to cover up the true motives of this ban,” said Muhammad Sankari, with Arab American Family Services.