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:

Stay informed:

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)