Resisting the New Muslim Ban: March 16th at 4pm in SF

Resisting the New Muslim Ban
March 16th at 4pm in SF

In the wake of Trump announcing his latest version of the “Muslim Ban,” targeting Arabs, Africans, South and West Asians from Iran, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) joins with community organizations to affirm our ongoing commitment to community self-defense and resistance.

It’s still a Muslim Ban. Today’s Executive Order uses longstanding racist “National Security” and “War on Terror” policies to justify it’s legality. Unlike the first version, Iraq has been excluded, as are all green card holders; however, the U.S. State Department has committed to tightening its already draconian “vetting process” for people from Iraq, and green card holders remain under threat by other policies promised by the Trump administration. The Ban also continues to bar refugees from entering the country for 120 days, specifically naming and targeting  Syrians seeking an escape from their war-torn country. Essentially, this Ban targets people from the very same countries that the U.S. has destabilized and attacked through war, bombing, and drone strikes for years.

It’s another chapter in the war on Black and Brown communities. Today’s announcement of a new ban against our communities is part and parcel of the wide attack against all people that have long been targeted by state violence. Since taking office the Trump administration has furthered the war on Black and Brown people in the U.S. It has systemically attacked the indigenous people of this land, criminalized immigrants, expanded policing, and is literally ripping apart families and communities on a daily basis. Standing against this repression means fighting alongside and in solidarity across our all our communities and movements.

We will continue to organize and resist. Because of grassroots organizing and public outrage, Trump’s administration has been met with massive resistance in the streets, schools, and courts. When Trump issued the first Muslim Ban, we organized ourselves across the country. Here in the Bay Area, AROC and ASATA led a shutdown of SFO international airport to demand the freedom of our community members. We mobilized and organized 10,000 people and we won. Today, in the face of new legislation criminalizing dissent, we call on everyone to continue to organize, to build together, and fight back to win.

At 4pm on March 16th, the same day that this new version of the Muslim Ban will come into effect, we ask you to join us in protest in San Francisco to demonstrate our power and commitment to our collective freedom to stay, move, return, and live in dignity.  

To learn more or get involved in the plans for March 16th, email info@araborganizing.org.

To be notified of local actions in defense of all communities under attack, join the Bay Resistance text alert system. Text RESIST to 41411.

To report an ICE raid, contact the 24 hour community based Rapid Response hotline:  SF 415-200-1548, Alameda County 510-241-4011.

AROC is Hiring!

AROC is hiring for two new positions: community outreach coordinator and administrative assistant. We are eager to add more capacity to our organization, particularly at this political moment. Please spread the word.

Download PDF Job Description: 2017 Community Outreach Coordinator final

Download PDF Job Description: 2017 Administrative Coordinator final

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: info@araborganizing.org with subject: “job application”.

Victory for Arabs and Muslims at SFO

Community Self Defense at SFO
Our communities fight for self determination. And this past weekend we actualized it. This past Sunday, ten thousand people joined alongside the leadership of AROC, ASATA, and other grassroots organizations to shut down San Francisco International Airport (SFO). We showed up to resist the Trump regime’s racist executive order repressing the ability to of our families and friends from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq to travel freely. We took direct action to prohibit all business as usual at SFO, until all immigrant people being forcibly detained by US Customs and Border Protection on the airport were freed. And we won. All those detained under the Executive Order were released on Sunday. This was made possible by every individual who took action: every lawyer, every family member, every organization and every worker that joined in solidarity at SFO.

3How We Organize to Win
This victory is a small but important one. We know that the work ahead of us will be long and hard. It is, however, important to recognize when we make an impact, and to learn from our actions. At SFO, we were able to mobilize thousands within hours. People showed up with their children, they showed up with food and water and medical supplies. They showed up in force and defiance. This action, and the ongoing disruptions at airports across the country are built on years of organizing and movement building.

We understand that Trump’s attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. It is no coincidence that Trump’s first executive order targeted the indigenous people of this land. His next order attacked Xicanas and Latinas. Only then did he make his move against Arabs and Muslims. This recent attack on Arabs and Muslims is an extension of the ongoing attacks on indigenous, Black and Brown people in this country and consistent with the history of US wars and repression. We cannot separate the grave impacts of the Trump administration’s policies here in the US from how they impact people globally. We cannot defend Arabs and Muslims here, while turning a blind eye to how the Trump administration has emboldened the longstanding US commitment to waging war on Arabs and Muslims everywhere. We need to take every opportunity available to us to understand these connections, and to have our awareness compel us to action.

Arab youth join to fight racism and fascism.

Arab youth join to fight racism and fascism.

What’s Next
The fight is not over. We demonstrated that we can rely on one another, protect, defend and fight for one another over this last week. Community strength, resistance, and self-determination is more important than ever. Our win for the detained families can be a taste of further victories if we commit to developing our thinking, strategies, and actions to build our collective self-defense against policing, deportations, imprisonment and war. Join BayResistance.org for text alerts and updates on when we need to show up for one another and mobilize.

For many, this last week was the first time they took to the streets. For many others, this last week brought back memories of struggles of the past. For all, we want to offer some resources to help us stay united against fascism and racism, and to develop the tools to be able to better show up for one another, understand this moment, and defend each other.

RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR ARABS AND MUSLIMS عربي

If you do not have a US Passport, DO NOT TRAVEL outside of the US. This administration has made it clear that they will not respect your visa or green card.
If you are a green card or visa holder and encounter the FBI, your local police, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DO NOT SPEAK to them. Get their card or information, and let them know you will have a lawyer contact them on your behalf. Reach out to organizations like AROC for legal support.
For everyone, regardless of your status, DO NOT ENGAGE WITH ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT. Communication with the police, FBI and ICE makes you and our communities less safe. They are NOT here to protect you.
If you are visited by any law enforcement, DO LET US KNOW. It is important that we are all aware of who is being targeted. Because if they are visiting you, they are likely visiting others.
Know Your Rights Booklet: English Arabic
HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Fighting Racism, Zionism and Repression
Arab and Muslim Organizing
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC): araborganizing.org; info@araborganizing.org
South Asian Organizing
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA): www.asata.org
Resistance to Policing, Imprisonment, Surveillance, and State Repression:
Critical Resistance: www.criticalresistance.org
Legal Defense
National Lawyers Guild-SF: www.nlgsf.org
Anti Zionism and Anti Racism
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN): ijannetwork.org
White Anti Racist Organizing
Catalyst Project collectiveliberation.org
For Mobilization Alert: BayResistance.org

نصائح قانونية للعرب والمسلمين

ان لم تكن من حملة جواز سفر امريكي، لا تغادر الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. لقد اعلنت الادارة الامريكية الحالية انها لن تحترم تأشيرة دخولك (الفيزا) ولا بطاقة الاقامة الجرين كارد.

ان كُنت من حملة بطاقة الإقامة الجرين كارد أو متواجد في الولايات المتحدة الامريكية على تأشيرة دخول (فيزا) وتم ايقافك أو مساءلتك من قبل مكتب التحقيقات الفدرالية ال اف بي اي أو الشرطة المحلية أو دائرة الجمارك والهجرة، انت غير مُلزم بالتحدث معهم او اجابة اسئلتهم. اطلب معلومات جهة المسائلة وأعلمهم أنك ستطلب من محامي التحدث إليهم والاجابة على اسئلتهم بالنيابة عنك. قم فوراً بالتواصل مع المركز العربي للمصادر والتدريب للدعم القانوني.

تجنب التواصل مع قوات حفظ الأمن والشرطة أو مكتب التحقيقات الفدرالية ال اف بي اي أو الهجرة بغض النظر عن وضع اوراق الاقامة او الهجرة التي تحملها. ان التجربة تعلمنا أن التعاون مع الاجهزة الامنية يجعل جاليتنا أكثر عُرضة للخطر، اعلم انهم ليسوا هنا لحمايتك.

إذا قامت أي من الاجهزة الأمنية أعلاه بالتعرض لك او زيارتك يُرجى اعلامنا مباشرة. من الضروري أن نكون متيقظين وجاهزين لمحاولات استهداف جالياتنا، إذا قامت احد هذه الاجهزة بزيارتك او مساءلتك من الوارد انهم يقومون بالتعرض لغيرك من أبناء جاليتنا.

لمزيد من التفاصيل أنقر على الرابط التالي: لك الحق أن تبقى صامتًا
Photos by Brooke Anderson

Community Self Defense at SFO

Our communities fight for self determination. And this past weekend we actualized it. This past Sunday, ten thousand people joined alongside the leadership of AROC, ASATA, and other grassroots organizations to shut down San Francisco International Airport (SFO). We showed up to resist the Trump regime’s racist executive order repressing the ability to of our families and friends from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq to travel freely.  We took direct action to prohibit all business as usual at SFO, until all immigrant people being forcibly detained by US Customs and Border Protection on the airport were freed. And we won. All those detained under the Executive Order were released on Sunday. This was made possible by every individual who took action: every lawyer, every family member, every organization and every worker that joined in solidarity at SFO.

How We Organize to Win
This victory is a small but important one. We know that the work ahead of us will be long and hard. It is, however, important to recognize when we make an impact, and to learn from our actions. At SFO, we were able to mobilize thousands within hours. People showed up with their children, they showed up with food and water and medical supplies. They showed up in force and defiance. This action, and the ongoing disruptions at airports across the country are built on years of organizing and movement building.

We understand that Trump’s attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. It is no coincidence that Trump’s first executive order targeted the indigenous people of this land. His next order attacked Xicanas and Latinas. Only then did he make his move against Arabs and Muslims. This recent attack on Arabs and Muslims is an extension of the ongoing attacks on indigenous, Black and Brown people in this country and consistent with the history of US wars and repression. We cannot separate the grave impacts of the Trump administration’s policies here in the US from how they impact people globally. We cannot defend Arabs and Muslims here, while turning a blind eye to how the Trump administration has emboldened the longstanding US commitment to waging war on Arabs and Muslims everywhere. We need to take every opportunity available to us to understand these connections, and to have our awareness compel us to action.

What’s Next
The fight is not over. We demonstrated that we can rely on one another, protect, defend and fight for one another over this last week. Community strength, resistance, and self-determination is more important than ever.  Our win for the detained families can be a taste of further victories if we commit to developing our thinking, strategies, and actions to build our collective self-defense against policing, deportations, imprisonment and war. Join BayResistance.org for text alerts and updates on when we need to show up for one another and mobilize.

For many, this last week was the first time they took to the streets. For many others, this last week brought back memories of struggles of the past. For all, we want to offer some resources to help us stay united against fascism and racism, and to develop the tools to be able to better show up for one another, understand this moment, and defend each other.

RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR ARABS AND MUSLIMS      عربي

  • If you do not have a US Passport, DO NOT TRAVEL outside of the US. This administration has made it clear that they will not respect your visa or green card.
  • If you are a green card or visa holder and encounter the FBI, your local police, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DO NOT SPEAK to them. Get their card or information, and let them know you will have a lawyer contact them on your behalf. Reach out to organizations like AROC for legal support.
  • For everyone, regardless of your status, DO NOT ENGAGE WITH ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT. Communication with the police, FBI and ICE makes you and our communities less safe. They are NOT here to protect you.
  • If you are visited by any law enforcement, DO LET US KNOW. It is important that we are all aware of who is being targeted. Because if they are visiting you, they are likely visiting others.
  • Know Your Rights Booklet:  English   Arabic

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Fighting Racism, Zionism and Repression

  • Arab and Muslim Organizing
  • South Asian Organizing
  • Resistance to Policing, Imprisonment, Surveillance, and State Repression:
    • Critical Resistance: www.criticalresistance.org
  • Legal Defense
  • Anti Zionism and Anti Racism
  • White Anti Racist Organizing
  • For Mobilization Alert: BayResistance.org
  • نصائح قانونية للعرب والمسلمين 

    ان لم تكن من حملة جواز سفر امريكي، لا تغادر الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. لقد اعلنت الادارة الامريكية الحالية انها لن تحترم تأشيرة دخولك (الفيزا) ولا بطاقة الاقامة الجرين كارد.

    ان كُنت من حملة بطاقة الإقامة الجرين كارد أو متواجد في الولايات المتحدة الامريكية على تأشيرة دخول (فيزا) وتم ايقافك أو مساءلتك من قبل مكتب التحقيقات الفدرالية ال اف بي اي أو الشرطة المحلية أو دائرة الجمارك والهجرة، انت غير مُلزم بالتحدث معهم او اجابة اسئلتهم. اطلب معلومات جهة المسائلة وأعلمهم أنك ستطلب من محامي التحدث إليهم والاجابة على اسئلتهم بالنيابة عنك. قم فوراً بالتواصل مع المركز العربي للمصادر والتدريب للدعم القانوني.

    تجنب التواصل مع قوات حفظ الأمن والشرطة أو مكتب التحقيقات الفدرالية ال اف بي اي أو الهجرة بغض النظر عن وضع اوراق الاقامة او الهجرة التي تحملها. ان التجربة تعلمنا أن التعاون مع الاجهزة الامنية يجعل جاليتنا أكثر عُرضة للخطر، اعلم انهم ليسوا هنا لحمايتك.

    إذا قامت أي من الاجهزة الأمنية أعلاه بالتعرض لك او زيارتك يُرجى اعلامنا مباشرة. من الضروري أن نكون متيقظين وجاهزين لمحاولات استهداف جالياتنا، إذا قامت احد هذه الاجهزة بزيارتك او مساءلتك من الوارد انهم يقومون بالتعرض لغيرك من أبناء جاليتنا.

    لمزيد من التفاصيل أنقر على الرابط التالي: لك الحق أن تبقى صامتًا>

    Photos by Brooke Anderson 

    Gaza Emergency Relief Effort

    FROM the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

    Dear Friends,

    I’m writing you now from Gaza City where I have had just four hours of electricity in four days! As you know, the Israeli military prevents fuel from entering Gaza for power, heat, transportation, etc.

    I’m using this precious opportunity to reach out to you for help because the situation here is so desperate.

    You may have seen the news that we are havingdrenching rains and freezing hail.  This cruel weather, combined with the horrible conditions of the seven-year Israeli blockade has created an overwhelming disaster here.  For everyone.  But especially for people in the poorest communities and in refugee camps.

    Ten of thousands of people have lost their homes and all their belongings. Thousands more are huddling in buildings with broken windows and leaking roofs. Whole neighborhoods are underwater. Streams of sewage run through city streets, spreading disease. As I walk thorough the refugee camps I see books, clothes and furniture floating by.

    But as usual the people of Gaza are coming together. They are sharing the little they have, transporting their neighbors to safety, opening up their homes and hearts.

    It makes me so proud to see this “internal solidarity.”  And I’m grateful that many people now sheltered in school buildings at least have clean water from the units MECA installed.

    But I know you understand that what we can do by ourselves in Gaza is not nearly enough.

    We need your help, once again.

    So far MECA has made it possible for me to go out day and night going from shops to neighborhoods to refugee camps shelters in schools to deliver basic necessities to families.

    I am already buying and distributing plastic sheets to cover roofs and windows, powdered milk for children, blankets, socks, pajamas and jackets.

    There is so much more we can and must do in this crisis.

    Please, I’m asking you, once again, to send a donation to MECA now.

    MECA will immediately wire the money you give, along with that of hundreds of others, I hope. So that I can continue to help families in Gaza survive this disaster.

    From Gaza with love.
    Mona

    P.S. Right now, we are desperate to meet people’s immediate needs for warmth and shelter.  But soon we will begin to see a health crisis from the freezing temperatures and the exposure to sewage.  Please, send the most generous contribution you can now. Thank you.

    Photo: A member of the Palestinian civil defense paddles a boat as he evacuates a man and his children after their house was flooded with rainwater on a stormy day in the northern Gaza Strip December 14, 2013.
    (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

     

    Solidarity with the Haiyan Survivors

    NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.  To support the Haiyan survivors, we encourage friends and allies to send donations to NAFCON.  See below for details.

     

    As we close off 2013, we wish you all the best of the holiday season.  As we gather with family and friends, I hope we can also remember our Filipino sisters and brothers in the Philippines who are in dire need of our support and solidarity.  We know the devastation in the Philippines hits home to many of our Filipino members, co-workers, and friends.

    Please join us in making a tax-deductable donation to help provide relief and support to the survivors of Super-typhoon Haiyan as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

    One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, there continues to be a significant need for relief and rehabilitation in Leyte, Panay, and other islands. The death toll has risen to over 6,000 people and 4 million Filipinos remain displaced. Tacloban City and hundreds more towns and rural areas in the Philippines have been devastated, destroying infrastructure that delivers basic services like water and sanitation, and leaving entire communities to struggle for survival.

    It will take years to recover from this disaster and as news coverage wanes and international emergency efforts scale back their missions,the Filipino Community Center, NAFCON, and Taskforce Haiyan is committed to continue the people-to-people efforts needed for sustainable recovery.

    In the last week of November, their community-based partners in the Philippines,  including unions and workers organizations reached over 29,000 families in Samar, Leyte and other typhoon affected provinces delivering relief packs of food and water, administering medical care, and providing power.

    This week, caravans of volunteers from the north and south are returning for the holidays.   Another team from southern Mindanao is currently on their way to eastern Visayas to deliver 5,000 relief packs to serve approximately 25,000 people. More relief operations are also set to leave in the coming weeks.Please support their efforts by donating now and joining a relief mission in the new year.

     

    Facing Urban Shield Public Witness & Rally

    Facing Urban Shield Public Witness & Rally

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    Friday | 09:00 until 20:00

    On October 25th, from 9-5 in downtown Oakland, we will hold an all day community picket and public witness in front of the Marriott Hotel to let Urban Shield know that we are putting them on notice, that they are not welcome in Oakland – as well as a press conference at 11am. From 5-6 we will hold a memorial to remember those who’ve been killed as a result of police violence or militarism.

    October 25th, also happens to mark exactly two years since Occupy Oakland was viciously attacked with tear gas and other weapons, by OPD- which actually brags that they were trained in “crowd control’ methods by Urban Shield!

    Following the memorial, we will rally and march to symbolically re-occupy Oscar Grant Plaza – where we’ll celebrate our return with a roasted pig, as well as some local musicians, spoken word and other festivities.