[pjw] Action: "No Ban, No Wall" - Rally in Downtown Portland, 12 PM, Jan 30

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Mon Jan 30 12:10:09 EST 2017

Hi-- sorry for the extremely short notice on this-- it came in yesterday 
(Sunday) and is an emergency action called by Unite Oregon and other 
allies in the community.

You may note that the countries President Trump has put on his "no 
immigrants" list includes five countries the US is actively bombing: 
Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq, as well as Iran (whose 
government the US overthrew in 1953-- talk about interference in a 
country's leadership!) and Sudan (which the US bombed in 1998). For PJW 
the message is "yes, let in the refugees" but also "stop creating refugees 
by perpetuating war."
--dan h
peace and justice works iraq affinity group

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:23:53 +0000
From: Kayse Jama <kayse at uniteoregon.org>

Peace and Justice Works --

Unite Oregon unequivocally condemns President Donald Trump's 
recently-announced anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant executive orders as an 
assault on religious freedom and civil liberties, and a racist and 
unconstitutional attack on Muslims, immigrants, and refugees, who have 
been an original part of the vibrant fabric of the United States of 

President Trump's orders:

   - Approve the construction of a massive wall along the US-Mexico border 
with deficit funding;

   - Require local law enforcement collaboration with Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement (ICE) undermining local efforts to ensure trust in 
public safety;

   - Punitively subject anyone "facilitating the presence of"
undocumented immigrants to a $1,500 fine or 6 months in jail;

   - Establish a racist ban on the admission of immigrants from 7 
majority-Muslim countries: Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, and 
Sudan; and

   - Unconstitutionally deny legal permanent residents ("green card 
holders") from the 7 above countries re-entry, dividing and harming 
children and families.

"These policies will not make us safer as a country, but rather they 
repeat the sad history of exclusion that colors America's past," said 
Unite Oregon's Executive Director Kayse Jama, a U.S. citizen, originally 
from Somalia. "These actions are not only against the United States 
Constitution, but they also go against the American value of welcoming 
people escaping persecution."

In 2015, anti-Muslim incidents spiked 67% and reach levels not seen since 
the 9/11 attacks, according to the FBI. But it is not just Muslims who are 
being targeted. In March 2016, a white Buddhist monk was attacked in Hood 
River and called a Muslim. Sikh Indian Americans have been assaulted and 
ridiculed at public events.

People of color--and especially immigrants, refugees, and Muslims--are 
particularly vulnerable right now. Trump's actions seek to target a 
community that is already feeling fearful of their safety. Indeed, hours 
after Trump's Muslim ban announcement, a mosque in Victoria, Texas was 
burned down. 

Unite Oregon, joined by the One Oregon coalition, APANO, Causa, ACLU 
Oregon, Iraqi Society of Oreogn, Basic Rights Oregon, Jewish Voices for 
Peace, Jobs with Justice, Invisible Oregon, Oregon Coalition for Muslim 
Values, Oregon Muslim Citizen Alliance, and more, invites all people to 
show support for immigrants and refugees by attending a Noon rally 

"No Ban, No Wall" Rally
Monday, January 30th at Noon
Terry Schrunk Plaza
Downtown between 3rd and 4th Avenue on SW Madison

People from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen who will 
arrive at Portland International Airport, or who have been detained 
already by Customs pursuant to President Trump's executive order, are 
encouraged to reach out to the ACLU of Oregon at (971) 412-2258 or 
info at aclu-or.org to be connected with a local volunteer attorney.


Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and 
people experiencing poverty, Unite Oregon works across the state to build 
a unified intercultural movement for justice.

Kayse Jama

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