|Just hours ago, the President signed a new Muslim ban that shuts our doors to refugees and targets immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. The administration has made tweaks to the original order. But make no mistake: This is #MuslimBan 2.0. The White House’s own policy advisor promised the new ban would “have the same basic policy outcome.”
I’m heartbroken. But resolved to fight. It will take time to challenge this new ban in the courts. That means we need to turn to Congress. If our representatives receive enough phone calls from us, we can move them to take a strong moral stand. Please call Congress here: 202-224-3121. (Scroll down for sample script)
This news comes at a moment when hate crimes are at an all-time high. Anytime the government targets and profiles a people for who they are, it emboldens people to act on impulses to racism, bigotry, and violence.
On Friday night, a Sikh man was shot in his own driveway by a man who said “go back to your own country.” A little more than a week ago, Srinivas Kuchibotla, an Indian American engineer was killed by a man who yelled “get out of my country.” And we just received reports of the killing of Harnish Patel, an Indian American in South Carolina. The motive is unknown but in the context of skyrocketing hate against Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs, our communities are shaken.
Hate breaks bone and sears flesh. But it also poisons the air we breathe. Right now, thousands of families here in the U.S. are having a hard time breathing. They tell me they are canceling camping trips, keeping their kids from school, and afraid to travel.
Today’s ban just fuels the fire. It makes our country less safe, not more so. Not a single refugee since 9/11 has been convicted of domestic terrorism, nor has any immigrant from the countries targeted by the ban. Instead, the ban endangers refugees fleeing war and persecution, establishes a de-facto religious test for immigrants, and threatens our people and Constitution.
What can we do? #RevolutionaryLove calls us to see people who are not like us as sisters and brothers – and stand up for them when in harm’s way.
Here are 3 simple powerful things you can do immediately:
1. CALL CONGRESS: 202-224-3121. Sample script: “Hi, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent. I don’t require a response. I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the new Muslim ban. Just like the last time, this ban punishes Muslims, immigrants, and refugees for who they are, not anything they have done. It also emboldens hate crimes against Muslims, Sikhs, and so many others. Hate crimes are now at an all-time high. I am calling you to show my love and care for these communities. Please take a strong public stand to protect our people and our Constitution. Thank you.”
2. REACH OUT. Call or text your neighbors and friends who are Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, or South Asian to tell them that you are troubled by the ban and hate crimes and are here to support them. Ask them what they need. Similarly, you can reach out to people you know in immigrant communities who are reeling from raids and offer your solidarity and support. This is #RevolutionaryLove in practice.
3. PLAN TO SHOW UP. Nothing is more powerful than showing up in your community. Check out events held around the country this week here. On Wednesday, we are championing a Day Without a Woman with our partners at the #WomensMarch. You can participate in three ways: do not work, do not buy anything, and/or wear red. Post why you are striking and standing in solidarity using #WomensMarch #NoBanNoWallNoRaids and #RevolutionaryLove.
Remember to breathe. In labor, we don’t breathe just once and push the rest of the way. We breathe, and push. And breathe. And push. And we do this holding the hand of someone we love. So find your sister or brother or partner or friend today — and be one another’s midwives. We can only do this together. #BreatheAndPush
In Chardi Kala — ever-rising high spirits,
Director, The Revolutionary Love Project
Founder, Groundswell Movement
PS. Registration is open for the Revolutionary Love Conference at the end of April. We are co-hosting the conference at Middle Church in NYC with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis. The line up includes fellow signatories — Rev. William Barber, Brian McLaren, Rev Jacqui Lewis and myself. It will be an opportunity to think together about the theory and practice of love in our movement. Register here: http://revolutionaryloveconference.com