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.