Your DGB for today is to counter a resurgence of Islamophobia, and support our Muslim brothers and sisters by getting involved locally.
On January 27th, POTUS made us all reach for our TUMS for the umpteenth time by signing an executive order freezing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order went into effect immediately, and chaos at our nation’s airports ensued. Teams of lawyers working pro-bono swooped in to help stranded and panicking travelers, and the outraged among us showed up en masse to protest. Later a federal judge issued an emergency stay that provided relief for some affected travelers, which was then held up by the Ninth Circuit. Here’s a timeline of what went down. In addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that anti-Muslim hate groups have almost tripled in number from 2015 to 2016.
How can you support immigrants’ rights, and counter xenophobia and Islamophobia? We recently asked you to donate to the ACLU (and you did, right?) which is a good start. We also want you to consider attending a pro-immigrant rally in your city or state. There’s going to be a large Immigrants’ March in DC on May 6th, and sister marches and rallies may spring up near you. Your local mosques and Islamic cultural centers also need some love these days. Consider calling them and asking how you can show support. Find a mosque near you here.
If you are Muslim and the ban is personally affecting you and/or your family, please contact the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations for help. If you’ve been a victim of, or a witness to a hate crime, report it to the Southern Poverty Law Center here.