Posted on February 14, 2017 in Press Releases
Arab Americans, Rights Groups Protest Bigoted Agendas of Trump & Netanyahu
Community Stands for Equality, Justice, Immigrants, Refugees & Peace
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, February 15, Arab Americans will be joined by a broad coalition of rights advocates to protest the xenophobic and bigoted agendas of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The protest comes as the Israeli PM makes his first official visit to the White House following the Inauguration of President Trump. Arab Americans are coordinating alongside and in solidarity with the organizing of Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Chapter, American Muslims for Palestine, and Code Pink.
Specifically, activists are alarmed by the anti-refugee and anti-peace policies of both leaders. “From the building of costly ‘walls’ on privately owned land, the treatment of refugees fleeing war and violence, and the promotion of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, President Trump and PM Netanyahu are ignoring international law and basic human rights. These policies are driven by xenophobia and bigotry and we will stand against them at every turn,” said Maya Berry, AAI Executive Director.
Arab American organizations leading the protest include, the Arab American Institute (AAI); the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine; ArabAmerica.com; The Jerusalem Fund; the National Arab American Women's Association; Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP); Palestine Legal and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
WHAT: Protest Against the Xenophobic & Bigoted Policies of Trump & Netanyahu
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 15 5-7PM
WHERE: In front of the Treasury Department on Pennsylvania Ave NW
SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE:
Yousef Munayyer, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Linda Sarsour, Palestinian Muslim American racial justice and civil rights activist from Brooklyn. Most recently, she was the co-chair of the Women's March on Washington
Hanna Hanania, American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine
Janeen Rashmawi, Network of Arab American Professionals – DC Chapter
Giulianna Di Lauro, Our Revolution
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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org