Tag Archives: immigrant rights

Muslim Community Center Town Hall speakers report on #MuslimBan executive order, offer toolkit to resist

An emergency town hall convened at the Muslim Community Center this Sunday at noon gave two speakers — Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and Khaled Bhartoum, a law professor at  University of Detroit Mercy School of Law … Continue reading

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[UPDATED: NSEERS is dead!] Report your phone calls to Congress about ending NSEERS here

[UPDATE, 12/22/16: CNN reports “Obama administration ending program once used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men: “President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday it was ending a dormant program that once was used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men.”The … Continue reading

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Muslim registry teach-in advises calling Congressmembers *now*

On Saturday afternoon of December 17, over a hundred audience members attended an informative forum at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church titled “Registration Revived? A Teach-In on Resisting Muslim Registries.” Speakers at the event — organized by the Muslim … Continue reading

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Local gang victim seeks help from PGPD – instead betrayed to ICE

On the evening of Sunday, December 4, a large “Takoma Park Mobilization”* assembly at Piney Branch Elementary School heard a moving request by resident Gabrielle Tayac on behalf of “Antonio” (not his actual name).  The undocumented 18 year old Honduran … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor on sanctuary policy

On December 2, Emily Townsend, Jeremiah Nisbet, and Thomas Nephew drafted and sent the following letter to the Washington Post.  We haven’t heard back from them, and have decided to publish it here: To the Editors,   The November 30th … Continue reading

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Hate crime surge countered with peaceful rally in Silver Spring

An increase in hate crimes over the past year and particularly in the last month was rebuffed by local elected officials and hundreds of local citizens on Sunday’s “Stand Up for the Montgomery Way” rally in Silver Spring. As Montgomery … Continue reading

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I support REFUGEES IN MARYLAND because…

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Thomas Nephew on refugee resolution: “maybe Gov.Hogan did something for us to be thankful for”

Last week I spoke for a pro-refugee resolution similar to one adopted by the Chicago City Council less than two weeks ago. I fact-checked its assertions and found one after the other to be true: 7 million displaced Syrians 4 … Continue reading

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Takoma Park City Council passes resolution welcoming Syrian refugees 6-0

A Takoma Park City Council resolution “affirm[ing] its duty and willingness to welcome our Syrian neighbors” in the face of “one of the worst refugee crises since World War II” passed by 6-0 last night.*  The resolution text was changed … Continue reading

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Nancy Abbott Young: “as Sam’s daughter, as a proud American of Syrian descent… I salute this Resolution”

My name is Nancy Abbott Young. My father was Sam Abbott, Mayor of Takoma Park, who among many other things, fought to establish Takoma Park as a Sanctuary City providing refuge & asylum for refugees fleeing Central America and South … Continue reading

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