Public urged to encourage elected officials to keep doors open to Syrian and Iraqi refugees
DEARBORN, Mich.—Community leaders, individuals and elected officials came together today at the ACCESS headquarters—the largest Arab American nonprofit in the U.S.—to oppose the anti-refugee rhetoric and legislation that is causing Michigan and local communities to deny humanitarian efforts to refugees.
Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner speaks at a media conference Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at ACCESS headquarters—the largest Arab American nonprofit in the U.S.—to oppose the anti-refugee rhetoric and legislation that is causing Michigan and local communities to deny humanitarian efforts to refugees. Behind him (left to right) are: Fayrouz Saad, Director of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Detroit; State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit); ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber; Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President; and Donnell R. White, Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP. See more photos here.Read more
Elected officials to join national Arab American network, anti-hate campaign in support of Syrian, Iraqi refugees
Public called on to contact local, state and national elected leaders to keep doors open to refugees
DEARBORN, Mich.—The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE invite you to a media conference regarding HR 4038, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the door to Syrian and Iraqi refugees.Read more
The House of Representatives passed HR 4038, a bill that would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the doors to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Our country is repeating the same mistakes of the past when we closed the doors to Jews fleeing the Nazi regime and punished Japanese Americans for actions that they were not responsible for.
We need true leadership at this time of crisis where we join the international community against the common enemy terrorizing our nations. By closing our doors, we are not only victimizing families in need, but we lose credibility around the world with this hateful and divisive piece of legislation. This bill only divides and increases fear.
The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, urges you to please contact your U.S. Senator through our form and urge them to stop this irresponsible bill. Ask your Senator to uphold our American values by welcoming refugees and not discriminating against certain ethnicities or religions.Read more
Join ACCESS and the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), in Dearborn on Monday, Nov. 30 for a chance to learn about and discuss community safety, civil rights and liberties, anti-refugee/immigrant bias and more with experts and community leaders.
FROM THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE BLOG:
Following the terrorist events in Paris, hostility and attacks against the Muslim community around the country have escalated on the ground, online and in the public discourse.
Such anti-Muslim incidents and sentiment not only create an atmosphere of fear, but also feed into claims made by terrorist organizations such as ISIS of America’s inherent animosity towards Islam and Muslims. They use this narrative as a tactic to gain more support.
Below are reported threats, attacks and other incidents directed at the American Muslim community in the week following the Paris attacks:
November 13: Threatening calls to a Mosque in St. Petersburg, Florida
A man was arrested after he left several threatening voicemails for the Islamic Center of Pinellas County in Pinellas Park. He reportedly cited the Paris attacks and warned that he was going to go to “firebomb you and shoot whoever is there.”
November 14: Michigan woman tweets threats against Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan
A woman from Fort Gratiot was investigated by police after she posted a threat on Twitter that read: “Dearborn, MI, has the highest Muslim population in the United States. Let’s (expletive) that place up and send a message to ISIS.”
The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), calls on you to join us in elevating the voices of the refugee community. We urge you to contact your local, state and national elected leaders.
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TELL YOUR GOVERNOR: Stand Up for Refugees!
Depending on your state, you can contact your governor about one of three things: thank them for their commitment to welcoming all refugees, demand that they reconsider their dangerous and disappointing refusal to accept Syrian refugees, or urge them to publicly declare their support of all refugees if they’ve remained silent.
Here is how you can take action:Read more
Across the nation, our communities will be holding local elections. We encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote. However, we strongly oppose and condemn negative campaigning based on tactics that are anti-immigrant, refugee, Arab and Muslim, and otherwise racist rhetoric that spreads hate. This year, numerous incidents from California to the Midwest to Maine have been documented in the media. We ask our supporters during our week of #TakeOnHateWithAction to speak out against those who use fear-mongering tactics and demand that they stick with what matters: issues that impact our quality of life.Read more
The Campaign to #TAKEONHATE pledges to take action against hate and foster love and understanding with Arab and Muslim American communities. Join us for our online week of action from Oct. 19 to 23 by sharing on social media examples of how you #TakeOnHateWithAction. Print our pledge card (see below) to use in your social media photos.Read more
When faced with negativity, it is up to us to focus on the positive. We the undersigned organizations stand together to support the following community based projects that promote service and justice in the name of unity. We stand together against hate. We encourage you this weekend to stand with us in serving the community, supporting our youth's dreams of being leaders, discussing how to combat hate-filled movements and helping to make our neighborhoods beautiful.
We hope you and your family and friends in Michigan will join us this weekend at one or more of the empowering and impactful events happening right here in metro Detroit (listed below). Join us!
Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
Michigan Muslim Community Council
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan
Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ)
American Civil Liberties Union-Michigan
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Michigan
Welcoming Michigan - Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
Arab-American Civil Rights LeagueRead more
Look who’s talking about TAKE ON HATE! Daily Show Correspondent Hasan Minhaj expresses his support for the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE in a message filmed on The Daily Show set, calling on people to stand against all forms of bigotry and discrimination.Read more