On Friday, Donald Trump signed a new executive order that prevents citizens from the 7 nations of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen entering the country. All of which are Muslim nations.
Across several airports in the U.S, hundreds of travellers were stopped and detained.
I want to repeat: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed, and they were asked their views on Trump#MuslimBan
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017
Since the order was signed, protests across airports begun and people from all areas of the world spoke out in outcry. It’s unlawful and inhumane that we’re living in a world where this can be passed. We know the conditions that these people are living in, and why they want to leave.
The order is currently temporary, in place for 120 days (Syrian refugees have been barred indefinitely), but what does it say about the future? If such a terrifying order can be put in place that will destroy and tamper with so many lives over the next few months, what’s going to happen if something more permanent comes into action?
— Black Marvel Girl (@BlackMarvelGirl) January 29, 2017
Thankfully, work is already being done to go against it. Not only have the people of America rallied together in protest, but countries all around the world are speaking out about it too. The ACLU have already taken the order to court and successfully managed to get it blocked. This prevents refugees and immigrants who have arrived from being immediately deported. It’s not a constitutional ruling, but it provides a safety barrier for those currently being detained.
Now, it’s worth noting that I am not American, I’m British. But I don’t want to be silent on these issues just because it’s not affecting me. That’s besides the point. Just because you’re not being directly affected by something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stand up for those that are.
How can you proclaim that you support all lives, when you don’t work on helping those that are being targeted? How can you proclaim that you support freedom, when you’re stopping people from being free?
A hashtag on Twitter shows support and raises awareness, but it only goes so far. If change is to be made, action has to be taken. Whether you’re in America and want to directly help, or are somewhere else in the world and want to try and make a difference, there are some things you can do.
First of all, if you’re travelling to the U.S from any of the banned nations, here is some advice that I stumbled across:
(This is outside of my area of knowledge and I wouldn’t want to give any incorrect advice, but hopefully some of the information in the above post may act as guidance. Talking to professionals is always the best course of action).
Now, for those wanting to be proactive:
There are many charities and organisations that work to provide aid to Muslims and refugees in need. If you want to make a contribution to them, no matter how big or small, here are just a few:
- Muslim Advocates
- Human Rights First
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Alliance for Justice
- Refugee Action
- International Rescue Committee
If you have any more that you’d like me to add to this, please just leave a comment and I can do so.
Many people will argue that a protest wont achieve anything, but if our voices aren’t raised they’ll never be heard. Get out and rally for what you believe in. Show your support for those in need. Show your refusal to stand by and watch this happen.
— Sam Levine (@samlevine) January 29, 2017
— Christopher Jobson (@christopherjobs) January 29, 2017
See what’s going on in your area and if there’s something you can take part in.
ThinkProgress have a list of all the current protests going on in America currently.
Call Your Representatives
If you want to make change, one of the best things you can do is get in touch with those in power. If enough people respond to what’s going on and demand for something to be done, action may be taken. You never know what impact it could have, and you have nothing to lose by doing it.
- If you want to know how to go about speaking to your representatives, click here.
- After you’ve called, you can send an email too.
- Write to your local MP here.
- Follow the information in this thread (petitions to sign etc):
— Liv ✨ (@oawoodward) January 28, 2017
Most importantly, stay educated. It’s our responsibility to act as a voice for those who can’t speak up and defend themselves. Defend those you know in real life. Speak up on social media. Stay up to date with what’s going on. If we don’t stay up to date, how can we ever help? Keep fighting and standing up for what you believe in.
If you have any other ways to help, please comment!