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December 4, 2017

Supreme Court Allows Muslim Ban to go into Effect During Appeals Process

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump Administration's ban on travel for people from six Muslim countries can fully go into effect. 

Seven of the nine justices have granted the administration's request to lift injunctions imposed by lower courts blocking the ban.

Included are the top Muslim, Arab, and South Asian spokespeople who can speak to this topic.

Engy Abdelkader is a faculty member at Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she teaches seminars on civil liberties and national security as well as terrorism and human rights.
Madihha Ahussain serves as a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates and plays an essential role as a member of the legal team focusing on anti-Muslim issues.
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is affiliated with the Yemeni American Merchants Association of New York (YAMA), which was birthed through the Yemeni Bodega Strike in New York in Protest to the Executive Order Travel Ban.
Rooj Alwazir is a Yemeni American independent filmmaker and photographer based in New York and the co-founder of Support Yemen Media Co-op, where she and her friends have directed and produced over 10 social-issue based films.
Masih Fouladi is an Advocacy Manager at the Greater Los Angeles Office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). CAIR-LA has also served as a regional anchor on the issues for the national campaign against the Muslim Ban, and as an Iranian Muslim-American, Masih is an impacted individual.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Jaylani Hussein is the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). A Somali-American, he is also from one of the impacted Muslim ban countries.
November 1, 2017

Uzbek Man Attacks Pedestrians in Manhattan

On Tuesday afternoon, Sayfullo Saipov sped his rented truck down a crowded bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and wounding countless others. National security experts and local Muslim and Arab activists are available to respond to this tragic attack in NYC.

Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. She has testified before Congress opposing the dragnet surveillance of Muslims, organized advocacy efforts against state laws designed to incite fear of Islam, and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.
Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. Professor Aziz’s scholarship examines intersections of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S.
Shannon Al-Wakeel is the executive director of the Muslim Justice League (MJL), a Boston-based organization advocating for human and civil rights that are threatened under national security pretexts.
Dr. Almontaser for the last 20 years has been in the trenches advocating for the Muslim Holidays, ending the NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program, the Community Safety Act which ended Stop and Frisk and instituted an inspector general in NYC and stronger Handschu Guidelines to hold the NYPD accountable.
October 17, 2017

Hawaii Judge Blocks Expanded Muslim Ban from Going into Effect

A federal judge in Hawaii - U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson - has granted a temporary restraining order, effectively blocking President Trump's expanded Muslim ban from going into effect on Wednesday, October 18th. The expanded directive came just hours before the expanded directive was set to go into effect at midnight.

Avideh Moussavian serves as a Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), an organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. Azadeh has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer. He is also a legal worker for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is affiliated with the Yemeni American Merchants Association of New York (YAMA), which was birthed through the Yemeni Bodega Strike in New York in Protest to the Executive Order Travel Ban.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Naureen Shah is the Senior Director of Campaigns at the US section of Amnesty International. She manages Amnesty International’s work to respond to crisis, including developments arising from conflicts, coups and rapid political changes.
September 22, 2017

Trump announces Travel Ban 3.0

The Trump administration announced a new set of travel restrictions tonight. Most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be indefinitely banned from traveling to the United States. Iraqis and Venezuelans will also face additional restrictions.

Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. She can speak as a constitutional scholar and legal expert on the Ban.
Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, which recently published a report on extreme vetting.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Of Yemeni heritage herself, Dr. Almontaser - with a collective of bodega owners - led the historic Bodega Strike and rally in Brooklyn, Borough Hall, in response to the Muslim Ban, where thousands of store owners peacefully protested the unjust ban.
Of Iranian descent, Ms. Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. She has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. At the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Mr. Jany coordinates nationwide projects to effectively impact policy at all levels of government.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer, currently working at the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Following President Trump’s Muslim Ban, Mr. Qatabi helped mobilize the community, organized Know Your Rights events, and connected individuals and families with legal counsel.
Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Ms. Billoo joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.
Michael German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, which recently published a report on extreme vetting.
Suman Raghunathan leads one of the largest South Asian grassroots organizations in the country and has organized on the ground opposition to the ban in the past.
Farhana Khera is executive director of Muslim Advocates and litigating against the Muslim Ban policy.
September 18, 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Muslim Ban on October 10th

As the legal battle over President Trump's Muslim ban heads to the Supreme Court, oral arguments in the case challenging the Muslim ban are sure to reignite debate about national security, religious discrimination and religious freedom, and what it truly means to be American. Sources relevant to this story include those directly impacted by the ban, as well as national security experts and advocates.

Of Yemeni heritage herself, Dr. Almontaser - with a collective of bodega owners - led the historic Bodega Strike and rally in Brooklyn, Borough Hall, in response to the Muslim Ban, where thousands of store owners peacefully protested the unjust ban.
Of Iranian descent, Ms. Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. She has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. At the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Mr. Jany coordinates nationwide projects to effectively impact policy at all levels of government.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer, currently working at the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Following President Trump’s Muslim Ban, Mr. Qatabi helped mobilize the community, organized Know Your Rights events, and connected individuals and families with legal counsel.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Ms. Billoo joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.