So I know I shouldn't be making this site (blog) about politics, but if you're anything like me, you're probably feeling a little (a lot) helpless and a little (a lot) scared about what's going on in our world right now. (And of you're not, well then I'm not really sure what to say). And while I'm sure many or most or all of you know most of what I'm about to report, I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of ways we can all be helping right now. SO here it is. I hope you'll consider doing one (or all) thing.
1. The Take Action NYC event calendar has all of the upcoming protests, information sessions and most of the events around the city pertaining to our current situation. According to this article in the New York Times, protesting is helping, so let's keep at it. Think Progress also has this list of country-wide protests related directly to the Muslim Ban. And if you know of an events calendar in your city, please let us know!
2. No Ban JFK. This is the Twitter account for the 100+ lawyers stationed at JFK day and night, doing pro bono work to free detainees of the Muslim Ban. If you are interested in joining them, they always need more lawyers, as well as people with no legal training (to run social media accounts, provide updates online, and be shift captains), and Arabic and Farsi translators. You can sign up for a post here. and if you know someone who needs a lawyer, you can email email@example.com. Also, they could always use food, coffee, etc; so call Central Diner at Terminal 4 and order them something nice: (718) 751-4800.
3. DONATE! Many organizations need your donations right now, and while the larger ones get great donations (ACLU raised $24 million last weekend), there are plenty of smaller groups doing great work who could use our help as well. These are just a couple: International Refugee Assistance Project, Council on American-Islamic Relations.
3. If you are a Visa or Greencard holder traveling and you are detained, you need to know your rights:
• Do NOT sign form I-407 under any circumstances. Customs agents may tell you this will make the process easier, however it will voluntarily relinquish your permanent resident status and you will be deported.
• Ask for an NTA and to see an immigration judge.
• Demand legal representation, or call +1 844-326-4940 for legal help if you are detained at JFK.
• Delete all social media apps
4. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls on Steve Bannon's appointment to the NSC and you can try and stop it. Call 212.224.4751 and let them know you're against his appointment. It will take you 15 seconds.
5. HAVE YOU CALLED YOUR SENATORS YET?
Where do your politicians stand on Trump's executive order? Have they released any sort of statement? Either way, it's a great chance to reach out to their offices. Representatives and senators cannot single-handedly undo an executive order, but they can put pressure on the administration to roll back the changes.
While it thankfully seems like things are starting to fall apart for Trump, we need to stay vigilant and RESIST, so please do what you can!