1.30.17: Save Muslim refugees and immigrants from Trump's ban

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

On Friday, Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending admission of any refugees into the United States, and banning travelers from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Sudan. Despite what Paul Ryan says, Americans can make no mistake: this is a Muslim ban and a clear violation of the principles of religious freedom on which our country was founded (not to mention it's probably illegal). Today's call to action: save the lives of refugees and immigrants and stop Trump's Muslim ban.

With your money: 

  • This is the most important way you can stop the ban; many of the harmful, destructive actions that Trump is taking will be fought in the courts, and if you're not an ACLU attorney, the next best thing you can be is an ACLU donor. Other organizations that will be fighting the ban in courts alongside the ACLU include:
  • There are also numerous organizations that help refugees and immigrants that will need additional support in the coming days as resettlement plans fall through, families are left in a state of upheaval, and Muslim-Americans face increased discrimination:
    • The Council on American-Islamic Relations is an organization supporting Muslims' civil rights in America
    • The International Rescue Committee is one of the largest refugee protection organizations in the world, and helps refugees overseas and those resettling in America
    • The Syrian Refugee Relief Fund is a vetted disaster recovery fund helping people who are fleeing four years of violent conflict in Syria
    • Save the Children has a child refugee crisis fund dedicated to supporting families and children with housing relief, healthcare and protection from exploitation
    • Mercy-USA works in Syria and Somalia, two countries affected by the ban, to help refugees, build infrastructure, and provide life-saving systems like medical kits and clean water
  • Several celebrities, including Sia and Chris Sacca, are currently matching donations to the ACLU. Many employers also have matching programs, and anyone can use Amazon Smile to set up donations every time you make an Amazon purchase.
  • Bonus action: have you ever hosted a fundraising house party? Now is the time if you haven't. Stock up your liquor cabinet, invite your friends over, and put a bowl in your kitchen to collect donations to one of these great organizations. Many have one-pagers that you can use to share with friends, and some local organizations might even send someone out to the party to talk about why your money matters. 

With your voice:

  • Call Congress? Don't mind if we do! While the ban was an executive order, our Congressional representatives owe it to all of their constituents, especially those who are Muslims, immigrants, and who have come to the United States fleeing persecution, to speak out against the ban. Only a few Republicans (Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Rep. Charlie Dent of PA, and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan) have spoken out against the ban, although many more denounced it during the presidential campaign. (Here's an up-to-date list of Congress members' statements about the ban.) And don't just call Republicans: every member of Congress needs to make a public statement denouncing the ban.

Here's a list of numbers and a script you can use, or visit 5 calls and be ready to make and track your calls on tons of important issues:

Hello, my name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of [rep's name] from [your city, state and ZIP]. I'm calling to ask [rep] to make a public statement denouncing Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and visitors from Muslim-majority countries from legally entering the United States. The ban unfairly targets people fleeing persecution, legal residents of the US, and others based on their religion -- a violation of one of our country's most sacred principles, religious freedom. Can I count on [rep] to make a statement on this?
  • Sixteen state attorneys general have made public statements opposing the ban, as well as many governors, mayors, and members of state legislatures and city and town councils. While we don't have a comprehensive list here -- there are just too many! -- we recommend checking your local Indivisible group's social media or doing a Google search for "[name and/or position] Muslim ban statement." If your state and local leaders have made statements, thank them. If they haven't, use the Congressional script and give them a call to ask them to denounce the ban.
  • Share an article from this post with your friends on social media -- we've learned that if you post something that's already trending, it gets lots of eyes on it. If you're not sure where to start, here are some recent articles that explain the ban simply and make clear why it's wrong:
  •  Bonus action: If your job employs people who might be affected by the ban, ask company leadership to make a public statement and to find ways to support employees who could get stuck overseas or be separated from their families as a result. Many tech companies are already doing this, so you can use their statements and policies as an example.

With your time:

  • Protests are happening all over the country into this week and the upcoming weekend. ThinkProgress and GroundGame have posted lists that will continue to be updated, and you can also contact your local Indivisible group to see what's happening in your town.
  • If you'd like to help refugees and immigrants who are already in the United States, but whose livelihoods are threatened by the ban:
    • Refugee Council USA has a list of local affiliates that you can contact directly to volunteer, donate, and support refugees in your area
    • The International Rescue Committee has volunteer opportunities to mentor refugees, help them find jobs, and maintain gardens in refugees' neighborhoods
  • Bonus action: [UPDATED] Friday night, the NYC Taxi Workers Union issued a work stoppage to and from JFK airport in solidarity with protesters and to oppose the ban. Uber continued sending drivers there and implemented surge pricing to exploit the work stoppage for several hours before stopping it. Yesterday, Uber announced that it would provide financial support for three months to any drivers stranded overseas and unable to work; at the same time, Lyft announced a $1 million donation to the ACLU. As a result, #DeleteUber started trending. The tough part? One of Lyft's biggest investors is Peter Thiel, an outspoken supporter and adviser to Donald Trump. Bottom line: if you can take a taxi, take a taxi. If you can't, make sure you have all the info about ride sharing apps before deleting them!