FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Linda Sarsour: lindasarsour@gmail.com (917) 306-3323

Jamila Hammami: jamila@qdep.org (347) 496-8490

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015: HUMAN RIGHTS TRUMP OPPRESSION, International Solidarity Action for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

 

WHAT: International Solidarity Action for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

WHO: Syrian & Iraqi Refugees, Community Members and Advocates

WHERE: Columbus Circle, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, December 10 @ 5pm

VISUALS: Testimonies, Posters, Banners

HASHTAGS:  #HRTrumpsOppression, #StandUp4Refugees, #StandUp4Muslims, #StandUp4Syrians, #StandUp4Iraqis

 

New York, NY – Members from the Arab community, Muslim community and human rights activists of New York City will come together on December 10, 2015 in solidarity for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to say no to the harmful racism, Islamophobia, Arabphobia, and xenophobia towards the refugee community.

 

This past Monday, the hateful rhetoric towards Muslims continues to be spewed across mass media with Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump calling to ban all Muslim travel to the U.S. This hateful media has only increased the amount of hate crimes towards Muslims throughout the U.S.

 

This gathering is in reaction to the recent hearing that took place on November 19, 2015  where the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038). This bill makes  it harder for refugees to enter the U.S. by requiring background checks by not just the Department of Homeland Security but also the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence. Since the aftermath of 9/11 – increased “security” has only left the Muslim/Arab community in fear of government officials.

As a community, we recognize that the United States is complicit in the human rights abuses across the Middle East and North Africa. We also recognize that the Assad dictatorship is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in Syria, and is engaged in documented torture and imprisonment of tens of thousands of its citizens. We stand in solidarity with the popular movements which rise up against any repressive government. We also recognize that the United States bears primary responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Iraq dating back to the 1990s Gulf Wars and exacerbated by the global ‘War on Terror’.  All of this has contributed to the recent influx of Syrian and Iraqi refugees that have entered and are trying to enter into the United States.

 

At present, the US government has agreed to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. This is not enough. We demand that the US government accept more refugees from Syria and Iraq without intense background checks and to provide adequate resources and social services to these newly resettled refugees. Further, we demand that the US and all other governments cease their interventions in the Middle East and North Africa and their support of human rights abuses by repressive regimes.

 

Most recently Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican party said in a statement that “ Muslims should not be allowed to enter the United States”. This statement reflects on the current climate of rising Islamophobia in the country, promoted by politicians, which negatively affects the opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and Muslims in the United States. We see statements like these as detrimental and discriminatory hate speech that is unacceptable, especially from political candidates running for the U.S. presidency.

 

We will be standing together as a collective on Thursday  December 10th, 5p.m., International Human Rights Day, at Columbus circle right by the International Trump Tower to raise awareness of these issues and call for action from the U.S. Government.

 

Name List of Organizations Involved:

Arab American Association NY

Families for Freedom

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

Iraq Veterans Against the War

MENA Solidarity Network – Refugee Advocacy Project

War Resisters League

Jews For Racial and Economic Justice

Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast (RAISE)

International Socialist Organization

John Jay Students for Justice in Palestine

Mekong NYC

BAYAN USA Northeast

New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

New York State Youth Leadership Council

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

NYC Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

Enlace

NYU Academic Workers for a Democratic Union

Indian-American Muslim Public Affairs Committee

US Muslim Solidarity with the Syrian people

AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement

Havaar: Iranian Initiative against War, Sanctions and State Repression

GSOC-UAW Local 2110: The Union for Graduate Employees at New York University

Raha: Iranian Feminist Collective

New York City Asian American Student Conference

Jewish Voice for Peace

Millions March NYC

AF3IRM-NYC (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization)

Teach Dream

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

Showing Up for Racial Justice – NYC

New York Immigration Coalition

The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC)

ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)

MAS-NY

Asian Fund For Education, Scolarship &Training (SAFEST)

CUNY Law International Refugee Assistance Project

St. Joseph’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Network of Arab American Professionals – NY

L.I.F.E.E. Organization

API People’s Solidarity (APIPS)

Lehman College Dream Team

NYU Dream team

Columbia -Young Democratic Socialists

Willy Patterson- Young Democratic Socialists

City College New York- Young Democratic Socialists

Port Washington High School- Young Democratic Socialists

New York City- Democratic Socialists of America

People’s Climate Movement – New York

South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI)

New School Dream Team

Bronx Climate Justice North

HDK (People’s Democratic Congress)

 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001786739864398/

 

Other contacts for general information:

Mirna Haidar : mirna.aaany@gmail.com

Aber Kawas: Aber.aaany@gmail.com

 

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