Amidst Trump Executive Orders, Suburban Communities Unite Against Muslim Ban, Call For Sanctuary Cities
Morton Grove, IL—(ENEWSPF)—January 27, 2017. Multiracial and multi-faith group will call on suburban residents to express solidarity with Muslim and Arab communities, and urge that suburban towns pass immigrant sanctuary laws. President Trump’s ongoing flurry of executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim and Arab countries, expanding deportation forces and threatening to punish sanctuary cities is worsening the climate of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and discrimination against African-Americans, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities. On Sunday, North Suburban residents of all walks of life, ages, religions, genders, sexualities, abilities, ethnicities, races, etc. are coming together to build a vision for a society based on acceptance, peace and justice for all. Participants will express their opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban and call on Chicago suburban communities to become sanctuary cities, committing not to cooperate with federal authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants.
Dilnaz Waraich, Muslim Community Center: “Each day it’s imperative we live in concern and know what our government is doing. It’s also imperative that we don’t live in fear but Live in hope, that as a collaboration we can make an impact. This march/rally on Sunday, Jan 29th is to empower all marginalized groups and give hope for the future. We CAN make a difference together.”
Lesley Williams, Jewish Voice for Peace: “At a time when refugees face terrible dangers abroad, it is unconscionable that Donald Trump would restrict their access to safety. Our local governments must stand in firm solidarity with our Muslim and Arab neighbors in showing their opposition to these immoral executive orders by passing sanctuary laws declaring their commitment not to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.”
WHEN: Sunday, January 29, 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm (full schedule below)
WHERE: Muslim Education Center, 8601 Menard Ave, Morton Grove
Dilnaz Waraich, Muslim Community Center
Lesley Williams, Jewish Voice for Peace
Reverend Michael Nabors, Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Evanston NAACP
Pastor Liz Munoz La Reve, Iglesia Episcopal Nuestra Senora de las Americas
Sarwar Nasir, President of Muslim Community Center
Nashiha Alam, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Rabbi Andrea London, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
Co-sponsored by: Jewish Voice for Peace, the Muslim Community Center, Open Communities, Tzedek Chicago, Iglesia Episcopal Nuestra Senora de las Americas, and the Jewish Reconstuctionist Congregation of Evanston
Organizations with tables: Planned Parenthood, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Open Communities , Evanston YWCA, League of Women Voters, National Organization of Women, Access Living, Equality Illinois, and Chicago Now
1:45-2:10pm- Sign Making and Entertainment- Cantor Jay O’Brien from Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Niles West Choir
2:15-Welcome and Agenda by Dilnaz Waraich, Lesley Wiliams, Nashiha Alam
2:25-March throughout neighborhood (about 1.5 miles)
2:50- 4:00 Continue Speaking Program/Call to Action/Prayer/Student Speakers
JVP-Chicago is the local branch of Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jvp.org), a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.
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