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 

    STOP URBAN SHIELD PUTS SHERIFF ON THE DEFENSIVE

    STOP URBAN SHIELD PUTS SHERIFF ON THE DEFENSIVE

    On Tuesday January 10th the Stop Urban Shield (SUS) Coalition mobilized a powerful showing of over 100 community members at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting. Opening with a powerful rally, the SUS Coalition had a strong and inspiring presence against the Sheriff’s efforts to continue his violent, oppressive, and highly militarized SWAT training and weapons expo. We joined forces with the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition, which was also there in force to stop the expansion of Santa Rita Jail, and made clear that the struggles against policing and imprisonment are fundamentally linked, and must be fought in tandem with each other.

    For the last several months, the Coalition has been organizing to push the Board of Supervisors to refuse funding for Urban Shield. We have delivered testimony during public comment at meetings and created a report to help educated the Board on how they can shift their priorities and invest in true emergency preparedness and disaster responses that support communities. In October we alerted the Supervisors to the upcoming opportunities to refuse the Sheriff’s bid for Urban Shield funding, even though the Sheriff misled the Board, lying about intentions to receive funds to host the expo in 2018. For months we have requested meetings with each of the Supervisors to speak directly about our concerns, yet all refused to meet with us except for Richard Valle, who finally agreed at the eleventh hour on Monday.

    On Tuesday, over 50 people representing 30 organizations spoke against Urban Shield and gave powerful testimony on the impacts of militarized policing on immigrant and Muslim communities and communities of color (Twitter feed account here). Our testimony broadly and succinctly challenged the legitimacy of police as emergency first responders, the collusion of natural disaster preparedness and militarization, and the continuation of a program that would expand the Trump regime’s capacity to wage war on our local communities. We were coordinated in our efforts and our talking points, despite the fact that the Board refused to allow the Coalition time for a counter presentation and even cut public comment to one minute per person. We presented a petition signed by more than 1500 Alameda County residents urging the Board to oppose Urban Shield. We demanded that the Supervisors refuse funding for Urban Shield, or at the very least, postpone their decision until all of them met with us.

    Tuesday’s meeting revealed the power of our organizing. Due to pressure from the SUS Coalition, the Board of Supervisors requested a presentation from the Sheriff whereas in the past they have simply rubber stamped the funding. Given the threat of our efforts against Urban Shield, the Sheriff’s department felt compelled to gather testimony in his defense and lay out 2017 guidelines, including banning any vendors from the weapons expo that display racist material. Following questions from a Supervisor that the SUS Coalition delivered, the Sheriff even quickly accepted a ban on having international police units from countries with ongoing human rights violations. Though we do not believe that these guidelines will make Urban Shield any less destructive or harmful, they, along with his cabal of cops in attendance to support Urban Shield, show that he was terrified our communities were close to bringing the program to an end.

    Shamefully, and despite the Sheriff’s blatant lies, roundabout answers, and our show of massive opposition with a strong and clear message, the Supervisors voted to support the Sheriff’s bid for Urban Shield in 2017. Yet this campaign is not over. We’re inspired that the organizing and resistance of our communities and allies were able to put the largest SWAT training in the world completely on the defensive. While the Supervisors voted to approve Urban Shield for fall 2017, we remain committed to strengthening our fight, continuing our struggle against Urban Shield, and ultimately winning.

    www.stopurbanshield.org

    TAKE ACTION NOW: Call Board of Supervisors Today, Rally Tomorrow.

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    On Tuesday January 10, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will decide whether or not to allow the county Sheriff to receive funding for the Urban Shield police war games and weapons expo.

    Tell Alameda County Board of Supervisors: No to Militarization! Vote No on Urban Shield!

    Fight for stronger, safer, and healthier communities.

    Take these three steps to end Urban Shield now:

    1. Call the Board of Supervisors Today, January 9th. Tell them to vote no on Urban Shield!

    Please spread the word and encourage your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to let the Board know, we want and end to Urban Shield now! Use the script and contact below or click here.

    Sample script:

    Dear Supervisor _________,

    I am calling/writing to urge you and all Alameda County Board of Supervisors to take leadership in putting an end to the militarization of police and the militarization of disaster preparedness in Alameda County. On Tuesday, you will be asked to decide whether to authorize the Sheriff to enter into an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative. This agreement will give the Sheriff access to funding for the notorious Urban Shield training and weapons expo. As you are surly aware, the divisive election of Donald Trump has raised concerns about an increase in militarized policing and attacks on immigrants, Arabs and Muslims, communities of color, and poor people. We call on you to stand with the communities you represent against such harm. Ending the divisive, dangerous, and xenophobic Urban Shield training and weapons expo is one significant way to do this. Tomorrow, we urge you to say no to the authorization of any funding for Urban Shield. Thank you.

    Supervisor Haggerty // shawn.wilson@acgov.org (510) 272-6691
    Supervisor Valle // christopher.miley@acgov.org (510) 272-6692
    Supervisor Chan // jeanette.dong@acgov.org (510)272-6693
    Supervisor Miley // anna.gee@acgov.org (510)272-6694
    Supervisor Carson // amy.shrago@acgov.org (510)272-6695

    2. Bring yourself and your people out to a Rally and Press Conference on Tuesday, January 10th against Urban Shield. Afterward, pack the boardroom to show that our communities reject Urban Shield. We will meet at the Alameda County Administration Building at 1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94612.  Please share the Facebook event page widely!

     

    3. Are you an Alameda County Resident? Sign our petition, and share it with your networks.

    * * * * *

    By listening to the clear and powerful voice of Alameda County Residents, the Board of Supervisors has the opportunity to shift away from the cynical fear mongering at the heart of Urban Shield and toward an approach that responds to genuine Bay Area disaster threats by investing in health, food security, emergency shelter, and community resilience.

    For more info, visit: http://stopurbanshield.org/

    The Yemeni Toner Cartridge Bomb Story

    By GARY LEUPP from Counterpunch

    Jeff Huber on Antiwar.com wrote Monday about the Yemeni toner cartridge bomb story:  “…if there’s a single substantiated syllable in that entire narrative, I have yet to encounter it in the New York Times. In a series of articles from 29, 30, and 31 October, our newspaper of tarnished record created enough cognitive dissonance to drive the Dalai Lama to a therapist’s couch.”    I think that a bit of an exaggeration, but what have the NYT and other mainstream press organs told us? Continue reading

    Civil unrest spreads in Western Sahara

    FROM: http://thereader.es/  Monday, 08 November 2010 22:29

    Laayoune is today a city in flames. The Sahara conflict, latent for years, has exploded. The people of the Saharawi, who have spent decades fighting for greater rights in their area, peacefully since the 1991 ceasefire, have raised up against the Moroccan army after the violent eviction of the protest camp ‘Gdeim Izik’. The area is, technically, a Spanish colony, but to all intents and purposes forms part of Morocco. Continue reading

    Israeli police shoot Arab legislator in back, Hanin Zoabi to Speak in Berkeley Nov 2nd

    Haneen Zoabi

    By Jonathan Cook, www.jkcook.net
    28 Oct 2010

    Click here for details about the Berkeley event

    Israeli police injured two Arab legislators on Wedensay in violent clashes provoked by Jewish rightwing extremists staging a march through the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm.

    Haneen Zoubi, a parliament member who has become a national hate figure in Israel and received hundreds of death threats since her participation in an aid flotilla to Gaza in the summer, was among those hurt. Continue reading

    Organizations Nationwide and Key Public Figures Tell FBI: Stop Your Witch-hunt!

    One Day before Grand Jury, organizations issue joint letter to US Attorney General Holder, FBI Director Mueller, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Fitzgerald

    MEDIA RELEASE: 10/18/2010

    Just one day before community activists are expected to present subpoenaed documents to a Grand Jury in Chicago, 68 organizations and dozens of public figures demand an end to FBI investigations and Grand Jury subpoenas on community activists, via a jointly signed letter. Continue reading