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Rapid Response Prayer Vigils & Press Conferences

Now is the time to take action in response to the Trump administration’s attack on the refugee program through hosting a press conference, interfaith vigil, sending out a media release or writing an opinion editorial.

Join together with refugee resettlement agencies, refugee leaders, faith leaders and community members, if possible local elected officials (city council/county commissioners) to host a press conference in your city to hold the administration accountable for this devastating policy change for refugees. Contact Wardah Khalid at WKhalid@cwsglobal.org for help with media outreach.

You can also host interfaith vigils that provide the opportunity for faith leaders to express how receiving refugees is part of all faith traditions reflecting on the deep scriptural, spiritual roots of our work to support refugees and immigrants. It also creates an opportunity to show how faith communities are gathering around Muslim partners who are being singled out and targeted in this administration intends to stop resettlement of predominantly Muslim countries such as Syria.

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Advocacy Alert

TAKE ACTION NOW: Protect Refugee Resettlement and Oppose the Ban

On January 27, 2017 the Trump Administration released Executive Orders banning individuals from seven (then six) Muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the country. Thousands took to the streets and flooded airports where people from Muslim-majority countries and refugees were being detained and, in many cases, sent back. Since that time, the administration has issued multiple additional bans on people from Muslim-majority countries and has taken steps to dismantle the U.S. refugee program. Anti-Muslim and nationalistic rhetoric have had real consequences, leading to increased hate crimes and local and state policies targeting these communities.

Now, a year later, we’re in a critical moment. After the courts repeatedly blocked various versions of these bans, parts of both the most recent Muslim ban and refugee ban are being implemented. We must keep up the public pressure and media coverage to stop the Muslim and refugee bans now. January 27th is a critical date, as people and policy makers across the country remember the actions they took that day and can be challenged to recommit to solidarity with Muslims, refugee, and all people targeted by this administration.

Join us in urging Congress and the Administration to protect refugee resettlement.

CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY!
Your Senators and Representatives:
(866) 961-4293*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. I strongly oppose President Trump’s continued Muslim and refugee bans, as well as the all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018. I call on you to protect the U.S. refugee resettlement program and stand against the Muslim and refugee bans.”

Ask community members and allies to call local and national legislators and demand that they denounce the Muslim and refugee bans. Find your elected official here and sample action alerts at greateras1.org/act, rcusa.org/advocate-now and interfaithimmigration.org/recent-legislation. You can also tweet @ your Senators/Representatives with the same message!

Our No Muslim Ban, No Refugee Ban Week of Action Toolkit is available here: http://www.refugeesarewelcome.org/one-year-of-muslim-and-refugee-bans-showing-up-in-solidarity-against-discrimination/. Here some of the key ways to participate in the week of action from January 27th through February 3rd:

  1. Join the We Are All America Campaign: We Are All America is a coalition of immigrants’ and refugee rights groups working to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety, and refuge in the United States. The We Are All America campaign officially launches January 27, 2018. For social media graphics, please click here. Find out more at www.weareallusa.org
  2. Send a postcard to your member of CongressSign this electronic postcard, or print off hard copies and have people sign them at an event. If you’d like to modify the postcard (add a logo, etc.) please click here. (Note: You will have to create a free Canva account to do so). Encourage your friends, family, coworkers, and social media networks to sign and spread the word. 
  3. Hold a public event like this #WhereRtheRefugees Interfaith Vigil in Texas to lift up impacted refugee community members and push back on the latest refugee ban. Don’t forget to put your event on the map & find an event near you at www.nomuslimbanever.com and www.weareallusa.org/events
  4. Call Congress & ask others to do the same: Click here for an alert to call your one Representative and two Senators. Or call 1-866-961-4293 three times.
  5. Amplify your message through social mediaPost on Facebook and Twitter using #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #WeAreAllAmerica #WhereRTheRefugees #GreaterAs1. See this No Muslim Ban Messaging Guide, information on refugee admissions, and resources on engaging local media outlets

Follow @CWS_global on Twitter and “like” CWS Immigration & Refugee Program on Facebook for up-to-date alerts. Join our global home base for refugee solidarity—because we are all #GreaterAs1. Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!

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