Taking to the streets to protest Muslim Ban, part II

To be clear, wrote SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) when promoting their event, the new version of the Muslim Ban is no “upgrade.” Trump’s new executive order is:

  • Still a Muslim ban
  • Still Islamophobic
  • Still going to tear families apart
  • Still unjust
  • Still an attack on immigrants and refugees
  • Still not going to make Americans safer

Sterk Zaza, a Muslim and activist who helps refugee and immigrant families arriving in Rhode Island, was blunt when she spoke to the more than 100 people who crowded the sidewalk holding signs for passing motorists.

“I was on the phone with a mom today, a Syrian refugee, a mom,” said Zaza, “She was crying on the phone and the reason she was crying on the phone is because her family in Syria right now is being bombed as we speak. And I did not know what to say to her.  And Mr. Trump is not allowing these people to come to a safe place.

“He is the terrorist.”

To join SURJ, text to 82623, and you will get updates on future actions and trainings.

Aisha Manzoor of RICMA (Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement) spoke about all the ways you can partner with the Muslim community in resisting Trump’s agenda.

  • You can assist the RI Muslim community by joining RICMA weekly friends and allies newsletter. Go to RICMA.org to join.
  • While you’re there check out the RICMA calendar and encourage your friends to accompany you in attending any of the Islam 101/Islamophobia monthly workshops.
  • You will also have access to Muslim led organizations in RI, such as Ahope who work with refugees entering our state. See how you can help those who need assistance.
  • If you’d like RICMA to visit your class or group for an educational presentation on Islam you can request for someone from the Speakers Bureau also on the website.

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