DATE: February 2, 2017
Dear Students and Colleagues,
I want to share with you a few resources for responding to the President's Executive Order. The first is a solidarity toolkit. The second is a national online teach-in on the Executive Order (you can also join at Northwestern in person). The third is a list of workshops, resources, and opportunities from Chicago Freedom School, including awesome supports for youth activism.
Please let me know if I can support you with other resources, connections, etc.
With much respect,
Solidarity Actions with MuslimCommunities
WHAT: Jummah Prayer, vigils, human chains, and other activities in solidarity with Muslim communities around the noontime prayer, the biggest prayer of the week
WHEN: Friday, February 3, 2017
WHO: Faith leaders, immigrant and refugee rights organizers, local community allies
WHERE: Mosques, city centers, airports across America
#WeAreAllAmerica Toolkit (attached)
Toolkit for response to Refugee Ban Executive Order
Find Talking Points Here Regarding Refugee Ban Executive Order
On Friday January 27, President Trump signed an executive order blocking entry to the US for refugees from seven majority Muslim nations, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and effectively gutting our refugee program for 120 days.
We stand with our refugee and Muslim brothers and sisters, those who are seeking protection, and those who are here and desperately waiting to be reunited with their family members overseas.
Trump’s announcement dishonors our best values. Protecting communities in need is one of our country’s longest and proudest traditions. Our nation’s aspirations are enshrined on our monuments and written into our founding documents: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
We Are America is a coalition of organizations formed to build power with Muslim and refugee communities and to organize in defense of America’s refugee resettlement program and express solidarity with Muslim communities.
#WeAreAllAmerica is a set of actions and campaigns that we will pursue together.
• Organize a group of neighbors or local congregations, and reach out to Muslim community. Explain what you would like to do, and arrive at an agreement about the most appropriate way to show solidarity on Friday
• Invite your friends, fellow worshipers, neighbors, and family to join you. Invite your elected officials and members of the local media. Designate spokespeople—we recommend one from the mosque and one from your group—and prepare them with talking points
• Register your event with us so we can track this work across the country.
• Amplify the event on social media. Create a Facebook event. We will help you this week with downloadable materials, fact sheets, media and social media support materials. Share pictures and videos of your event on social media using #WeAreAllAmerica
Please RSVP if you are planning to attend virtually or in-person so that we can get a sense of how many people will be participating.
The Northwestern viewing and dialogue session is currently scheduled to take place in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall, room 201). The room may change if we need more space.
The event itself, including how to call in, is detailed here:
The details are as follows:
Dear all,We are organizing a national teach-in for faculty, staff, and students on the recent executive order banning Muslims, immigrants and refugees.
Event: National Teach-In on the Presidential Executive Order
Banning Muslims, Immigrants, and Refugees
When: Wednesday February 8th,
Format: This is a virtual panel that includes lawyers, scholars, educators and activists from around the country who are working on these issues. Universities and other spaces will be organizing viewing and dialogue sessions to participate locally.
There is a facebook event for the Northwestern gathering here:
Let me know if you have any questions.
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Date: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 9:52 AM
Subject: "We need to build power together." | Resources & Workshops | CFS Monthly Newsletter
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