President Obama: Prevent Trump’s Muslim Registry

by on December 2, 2016

Sign the petition: Urge President Obama to take immediate steps to stop Donald Trump’s Muslim registry.

President Obama must immediately revoke the regulatory framework of the Bush-era registry program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which predominantly targeted Muslim immigrants based on their countries of origin. In the hands of Donald Trump, this program can potentially be used to target, register, and deport Muslims—on a much larger scale than previously implemented. This is the moment to shut this program down once and for all and to resist any new effort.

I’m Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and we’re working day and night to stop Donald Trump’s Muslim registry from ever happening.

Donald Trump and his appointees have proven that anti-Muslim and discriminatory policies will be among the hallmarks of the Trump administration.1 Just recently, Carl Higbie, a Donald Trump surrogate, went on Fox News and said that the Japanese internment camps during World War II were a “precedent” for a Muslim registry program.2

Despite how low Trump and his supporters continue to go, there are steps that President Obama can take right now to impede their efforts. And we need to make sure that he does.

Click here to sign our petition asking President Obama to help prevent Trump’s Muslim registry.

The idea of a Muslim registry isn’t new—and, unless President Obama acts, Trump doesn’t even have to create the program from scratch. The infrastructure from a Bush-era program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) already exists and can be reactivated again if President Obama does not act immediately to dismantle it once and for all.3 If we succeed in applying enough pressure and ending NSEERS, Trump will be forced to either spend time undoing President Obama’s actions or start from scratch and experience fierce resistance from grassroots movements and legal advocates alike.

At DRUM, we saw firsthand how our membership in New York City was adversely impacted by NSEERS. We heard from many family members whose male relatives went to register and were then detained for days—and some never returned home.

Sign our petition—and help make sure our membership and Muslim communities across the country never have to go through this again.

The NSEERS program registered over 83,000 immigrant men from Muslim-majority countries and put over 13,000 of them into deportation proceedings. Out of all the registrations and deportations, no one was ever connected to any violent activity.4 The program failed its stated goals—which means that there’s no justification whatsoever for trying to bring it back.

Now—in this moment—we need everyone to pour their energy into making sure President Obama shuts this program’s infrastructure down once and for all.

Click here to add your name to ask President Obama to stop the Muslim registry program, and then share this petition with your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do and your commitment to protecting Muslim and immigrant communities.

—Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)

P.S. After signing the petition, be sure to click here to share this petition with your friends on Facebook.

Sources:

  1. “Donald Trump: The Islamophobia president,” Al Jazeera, November 9, 2016
    http://act.moveon.org/go/6926?t=9&akid=174058.27379149.Rgyk11
  2. “Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says,” The Washington Post, November 17, 2016
    https://act.moveon.org/go/6917?t=11&akid=174058.27379149.Rgyk11
  3. “The Bush-era Muslim registry failed. Yet the US could be trying it again,” CNN, November 18, 2016
    http://act.moveon.org/go/6849?t=13&akid=174058.27379149.Rgyk11
  4. “Donald Trump’s proposed ‘Muslim registry,’ explained,” Vox, November 16, 2016
    http://act.moveon.org/go/6850?t=15&akid=174058.27379149.Rgyk11

Building Together – LWC Community Gala

by on October 12, 2016

LWC Building Together

SAVE THE DATE! Beginning with Hot & Crusty, Laundry Workers Center members have inspired so many in New York and beyond. Immigrant workers fighting for justice in the workplace, backed up by union members, activists, community groups, and Occupy Wall Street. We stand together, we fight, and we win!

Without the solidarity of the community, LWC’s nearly unbroken record of victories wouldn’t be possible. And now we all must ensure that Laundry Workers Center continues to thrive and grow.

RSVP now to LWC’s Community Gala on Dec. 2

On Friday, December 2, we are launching our new fundraising program, calling on the community to support our worker-led, militant organizing model–for the long haul.

Come and celebrate our victories with worker-leaders from the Titlanice campaign, B&H Photo, Liberato, and our newest underground campaign. Talk about the future of LWC. And help build the workers’ movement in New York and beyond.

Friday Dec. 2, 6pm-9pm
New York New Jersey Joint Board
33 W. 14th St. New York, NY

RSVP now to LWC’s Community Gala on Dec. 2

More details to come! Send an email to laundryworkerscenter@gmail.com if you can help out.


On Solidarity with Standing Rock, Executive Clemency and the International Indigenous Struggle

by on September 19, 2016

On Solidarity with Standing Rock, Executive Clemency and the International Indigenous Struggle

by Leonard Peltier September 16, 2016
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/16/on-solidarity-with-standing-rock-executive-clemency-and-the-international-indigenous-struggle/

Greeting Sisters and Brothers:

I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.Stand With Standing Rock #NoDAPL

I am grateful to have survived to see the rebirth of the united and undefeated Sioux Nation at Standing Rock in the resistance to the poisonous pipeline that threatens the life source of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. It is an honor to have been alive to see this happen with you young people. You are nothing but awesome in my eyes.

It has been a long, hard road these 40 years of being caged by an inhuman system for a crime I did not commit. I could not have survived physically or mentally without your support, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul for encouraging me to endure and maintain a spiritual and legal resistance.

We are now coming to the end of that road, soon arriving at a destination which will at least in part be determined by you. Along the lines of what Martin Luther King said shortly before his death, I may not get there with you, but I only hope and pray that my life, and if necessary, my death, will lead my Native peoples closer to the Promise Land.

I refer here not to the Promise Land of the Christian bible, but to the modest promises of the Treaties our ancestors secured from enemies bent on their destruction; in order to enable us to survive as distinct peoples and live in a dignified manner. Our elders knew the value of written words and laws to the white man, even as they knew the lengths the invaders would go to try to get around them.

Read the rest of Leonard’s letter


A Sneak Peek at ‘The State of Black Immigrants in the U.S.’

by on September 16, 2016

A Sneak Peek at ‘The State of Black Immigrants in the U.S.’ (Spoiler Alert – It Isn’t Good)

Post by Carl Lipscombe, BAJI Legal and Policy Manager
http://blackalliance.org/SneakPeek_BlackImms

(This blog is adapted from a forthcoming report by Black Alliance for Just Immigration & New York University School of Law Immigrants Rights Clinic entitled, ‘The State of Black Immigrants’)

“We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. This includes … (5) [a]n end to the war on Black immigrants.”  – #Vision4BlackLives Platform

In an era where Black Lives Matter and #Not1More have become rallying cries for racial justice and immigrants’ rights activists, it’s important that we uplift the common challenges that cross both movements – mass incarceration, policing, immigrant detention, deportations, deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties, economic inequality, inadequate healthcare and education access, and the destruction of families and communities. These problems are prevalent in all poor communities of color in the United States. But unlike Black Americans and immigrants of other backgrounds, Black immigrants – immigrants originating largely from Africa, the Caribbean, and South and Central America – face the aforementioned challenges in ways that are unique and consequential.

For over a decade, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has sought to raise public awareness around issues impacting Black immigrants through education, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and storytelling. Despite our successes, which include consolidating Black immigrant power and mobilizing the Black diaspora around the human rights issues that transcend our communities, Black Americans and Black immigrants remain at the margins of society.

Read more…


International Migrants Alliance Info-Session on the UN High Level Dialogue and Mobilization to End Forced Migration

by on September 9, 2016

Greetings!

The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) is the first-ever global alliance of organizations of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples.  Established in June 2008, the IMA aims to strengthen and put forward the voice of the grassroots migrants on issues affecting them and their families. From issues of remittance to rights and welfare to the resolution of forced labor migration, the IMA lays down its analysis from the grassroots migrants’ point of view and challenges the current system and its mechanisms like the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

Coinciding with the UN High Level Dialogues taking place in New York, IMA will be holding a mobilization to end forced migration and resist imperialist globalization, on Sunday, September 18, at 4PM, assembly at Times Square, on 43rd Street and 7th Avenue. While heads of states and executives of corporations have attended these dialogues to form policies about migration and development in the interest of profit, and impacting the lives of migrant workers and their families from the Global South, they have not included migrant worker voices.

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) presents an alternative to the analyses of the UN High Level Dialogues, a more transformative framework on migration & development based on and driven by human rights. The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) demands an end to massive displacement of people, abuse, exploitation, discrimination, human rights violations, and even death of migrants and refugees caused by the neoliberal policies of imperialist U.S.

Please join IMA on September 18, 4PM, at Times Square, to mobilize and march for migrants and workers. Let us call an end to forced migration and resist imperialist globalization!

To learn more about the UN High Level Dialogue (HLD) and the International Migrants Alliance, please join us in an info-session on Friday, September 9, from 7PM-9PM, at San Damiano Hall, at St. Francis of Assisi, 129 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001. Please see our attached flyer for the info-session, march and rally.

If you have any questions, please contact Jonna Baldres at 646-587-7390 or Antonio Arizaga at 862-227-6265, email us at ima.usa2011@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ima.usa2011

Thank you very much!

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