Help us Fight Back Against the “Muslim Ban”

Dear Friend,

Last week’s Executive Orders were an affront to the ideals of equality and justice upon which our nation was founded. Building walls, banning Muslims, and crippling sanctuary cities are just a few of the devastating impacts of President Trump’s policies targeting our communities.

In response, we’ve seen an inspiring public pushback against these policies nationwide. It’s clear that the new administration feels the resistance. To keep the momentum going, below is a menu of actions you can take to demand justice for our communities across the country.

Take Action:

  • Use the link here to find your Member of Congress. Check here to see which Senators and Governors have taken a public stance against the Executive Orders and find a sample script on the “template for responses” tab of the document. Thank the Members of Congress who have publicly opposed the Orders and demand that those who remain silent or in support speak up in opposition!
  • Earlier this week Senator Feinstein submitted a bill to reverse the ‘Muslim ban’. While it didn’t advance, it will be introduced again and needs more support. Call this number to ask your Senators to pass this bill to reverse the ban: 1-855-976-1858.
  • Attend the National South Asian Summit on April 21-24 in Washington D.C., where SAALT will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this important gathering of South Asian American organizations, activists, and individuals coming together to claim our power through collective action. To learn more and for information on registration, click here.

Educate Yourself:

  • Get familiar with the impact of the Executive Orders on our communities. Read and share these resources with your family and friends:
    • Read SAALT’s latest report, “Power, Pain, Potential” to learn about the disturbing levels of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric targeted at our communities during the 2016 presidential elections.
    • Take a look at these important general resources to find out what you can do to help today.
    • Go through this toolkit prepared by American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee to understand the Executive Orders, Jan 27, 2017.
    • Read through this fact sheet on the Executive Orders prepared by the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, Jan. 27, 2017.

Demonstrate:

  • Join the numerous direct actions occurring all over the country. Here is a list of airport actions around the country that occurred this weekend or coming up soon.
  • Organize rallies and actions in support of local mosques on February 3, 2017. MPower Change can support your ideas for action.
  • Connect to members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations in your state if you want to volunteer or join a rally.

Provide and Find Help:

  • If you experience or witness an act of hate violence or xenophobic political rhetoric, help SAALT track these incidents on our online database here.
  • If you’re a lawyer and can donate your time and skills or know someone who needs assistance, consider organizations assisting immigrants and refugees, such as The International Refugee Assistance Project or the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Stay informed:

  • Check out SAALT’s webpage and social media for the latest.

These small actions collectively can create large-scale change for our communities and country. SAALT stands ready as a resource and support for all. Contact us at info@saalt.org.

In partnership and with determination,
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)