May 1 Shut Trump Down
Join us on May Day to march for immigrant and worker rights!
AROC will be marching in Oakland. Meet us at Fruitvale Plaza in Oakland in front of Reem’s at 3pm and March to San Antonio Park.
3 pm Rally at Fruitvale Plaza
(Fruitvale Bart Station)
3526 San Leandro St, Oakland, California 94601:
8 am Protest at ICE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
630 Sansome St, San Francisco, California 94111
11 am rally and march starting at Justin Herman Plaza
Justin Herman Plaza
Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California 94111
1 pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza : https://www.facebook.com/events/718470045001324/
4 pm gather at Meadow Homes Park
5 pm march
6 pm rally at Todos Santos Plaza
11 am at Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Hall
For more resources on how to participate, posters and to find an event near you, visit May1.org and www.oaklandsinfronteras.wordpress.com
Here is the facebook event with more information
On Thursday April 13, 2017, President Trump dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the largest non-nuclear bomb that is referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” on Nangarhar Province in the eastern region of Afghanistan. The number of civilian casualties is unknown, but the blast radius would have been a mile wide with a towering mushroom cloud. Afghans who heard the blast, and who have already endured decades of war, thought that the world had ended.
We are saddened and outraged by this blatant disregard for human life in the hollow pursuit of aggressive control of the region. We understand that this bombing has nothing to do with stabilizing the region and everything to do with the new administration’s advertising of U.S. military might and U.S. domination of Southwest Asia and the Middle East in the wake of the ongoing wars, bombings and airstrikes in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The war in Afghanistan is the longest in the imperial history of the U.S. and it has brought untold suffering to the Afghan people, who constitute one of the largest refugee populations in the world.
We express our solidarity with all peoples displaced and terrorized by U.S. military interventions. We condemn the continued U.S. drone strikes, bombings, and military occupation of Afghanistan and the Af-Pak border region that are part of a long history of U.S. imperialism in Afghanistan and around the world. The U.S. reign of terror in Afghanistan has continued under both Democrat and Republican regimes, and has involved secret operations, massacres of civilians, torture, imprisonment, devastation of the environment, support for corrupt leaders, and client regimes, all emerging out of the history of the CIA’s role in producing the Islamist forces that became the Taliban. MOAB now takes its place in the tragic history of bombs dropped by the U.S. against Third World countries. These war crimes continue unchecked, their victims remain forgotten and unnamed, and the refugees they displace are turned back at our borders.
We stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, and all peoples facing war, and recognize our responsibility as people living in the United States to protest, resist, raise awareness, and honor the lives lost. We promise to continue our struggles for liberation with a framework of internationalism and anti-imperialism so that we may never forget that our stories intersect and our fates are tied together.
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Support the people of Syria. Stand against war.
The ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq have produced human suffering on an unimaginable scale, with hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced, and many millions more continuing to face starvation, sickness, poverty, and violence.
Consistent with longstanding US foreign policy, the Trump administration has demonstrated a commitment to furthering US imperialism by bolstering the military budget to nearly half the total federal budget, now 1.45 trillion dollars. This continued aggression, the US bombing of Syria, and continuing military escalation in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq will only lead to further the destabilization, violence, displacement, and suffering that the US, Apartheid Israel, and their western allies have sown in the region for decades.
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center stands with all victims of these conflicts. As an organization committed to the liberation and self-determination of all oppressed people, we recognize that the mass uprisings that precipitated the conflicts in Syria and Yemen were genuine demonstrations of popular anger against corruption and repression, the absence of mechanisms for political empowerment, and the continuing impoverishment of the Arab working class through ever-expanding imperialist and neoliberal policies.
Syria today is devastatingly unrecognizable from what it was in 2011. Through covert and overt foreign intervention of the US and its allies on the one hand, to the two years and counting of Russian strikes on the other, Syria and its people became the ground for an all-out proxy war for world powers. These interventions have only served the geopolitical, financial, and military interests of these powers, against the interests, dignity, and livelihood of the Syrian people.
AROC firmly rejects the oppressive and exploitive role that Western or Gulf powers, and the US in particular, have played in the lives of Arab people. The long and bloody history of US colonialism of the Americas, interventions in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Arab World, its unwavering support for the Zionist state of Israel, backing for the Saudi military bombardment of Yemen, direct and indirect financing of right-wing hardline militias in Syria, and destruction of Libya and Iraq point clearly to ambitions opposed to the struggles of oppressed people. We also hold the US responsible for historically playing a central role, both directly and indirectly, in the rise of extremist groups to quell popular movements in Latin America, Africa, and Asia – a trend continued in the Arab World with the rise of groups like Daesh in Iraq and Syria. We stand with those enduring such violence, the latest carried out by Daesh in Egypt against two Coptic Churches on Palm Sunday, killing 44 people. Egyptian President Sisi has already exploited this tragedy to expand his repressive rule by declaring a state of emergency for three months – repression funded by the US.
AROC therefore both condemns the brutality of the repressive regimes in the Arab World, and stands against the imperial powers that seek to replace them, choosing instead to side with the Arab people themselves and their legitimate demands for a future free of the oppressive hand of any regime – local or international – that seeks to subdue or undermine them.
For us in the US, what does solidarity with Arab people look like during such devastation? Though we may not have all the answers, we know this for certain. That our freedom and self determination relies on building a broad movement that connects the struggle against racism, xenophobia, and economic oppression in the US to war and occupation across the world. We cannot resist the Muslim Ban, ICE raids, attacks on women and LGBTQ people, economic devastation of communities, and plunder of the environment without taking action against war, and the displacement, violence, and instability that it imposes on millions of people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab World.
Hands off Syria. Hands off Yemen. Hands off Iraq. Self-determination and dignity for all oppressed people.
For more resources visit the Jadaliyya’s Syria roundup page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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: email@example.com with subject: “job application”.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.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
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