Injustice of US Travel Ban / Muslim ban

“To defeat Trumpism will take an extraordinary popular resistance”
Owen Jones

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Petitions and other suggested actions further down.

Muslims, refugees, immigrants, caring people from all over the world stand with you. The above protest took place here in the UK, in Newcastle.  Also In Edinbergh,Cardiff, London  and other cities across the UK and worldwide

In London many many thousands took to the streets:
Donald Trump Protest Attracts Tens Of Thousands To Downing Street And UK Cities
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/30/donald-trump-resistance-protests-travel-ban-opposition?CMP=share_btn_tw

The world is in turmoil because of one man, extraordinary times indeed when one person can unleash so much misery and suffering on millions of people and plunge the whole world into chaos simply by signing a piece of paper. How is this democracy?   Trump signs these executive orders and they are simply carried out, though there is growing resistance such as the mayors of several big cites who have said they will defy Trumps Executive order that threatens to cut off federal funding to cities which offer protection to undocumented immigrants in their communities.

The travel ban affects refugees and people from Muslim-majority countries.

People from the following countries, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen have been banned entry into the USA for 90 days. The order also bans refugees from entry for 120 days and Syrian refugees have been banned indefinitely.

The consequences have been distressing in the extreme for anyone affected including legal residents

What you need to know about Trump’s travel ban

Is this a Muslim ban? Trump’s executive order explained
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/trump-immigration-ban-syria-muslims-reaction-lawsuits

The ban has torn families apart, unless you are personally affected you cannot imagine the misery and despair. Refugees who have already experienced so much horror in their lives must now live in dread and insecurity, the lack of compassion on this man’s part is astounding.

Here are the stories of some of those affected

Trump travel ban: people’s stories from US and around the world

“If I go back to Syria I have to join the army and I would have to shoot or be shot. I want to go to America to have a decent, safe life for my family, and be somewhere I can continue my studies and have a future. Now I feel offended because [Trump’s] decision is specifically targeting Muslims.

I used to think America was an open-minded country with an open-minded government; but now I’ve seen it’s a racist government, and I can’t raise my children in a racist society so I’m rethinking my decision. Trump’s order must be challenged.”

Mohammed: Syrian Refugee

Read more stories:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/trump-travel-ban-peoples-stories-from-us-and-around-the-world

‘I haven’t seen Dad in 11 years’: Teenager’s Iranian father blocked from coming to the U.S. for her 16th birthday – because of President Trump’s Muslim visa ban

Read More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4170482/Donald-Trump-Muslim-travel-ban-US.html

The ban is shocking and inhumane. Furthermore it is sickening that our PM Teresa May did not speak out and condemn Trump’s actions. Unless we speak out all of us, including politicians, things will only get worse and these grave social injustices will be embedded in our society, normalised and unchallenged. We must keep up the momentum even if there is little we can do other than voice our opinion by signing petitions, writing letters and e-mail, making phone calls, tweeting, blogging and if you can, taking to the streets and joining any of the demonstrations worldwide, anything to protest this great social injustice.

Actions you can take

Take to the streets protest protest protest

It is astonishing how quickly huge numbers of people can be alerted to take part in demonstrations as a result of social media.Read How one woman’s Facebook post spurred massive airport protests after Trump’s Muslim ban

The following Hashtags may prove useful

For further information about demonstrations and protests check out the hashtag   set up by Owen Jones.  Also see  #trumpprotest    

Below are a number of petitions you many wish to sign relating to Trump’s ban on people from Muslim countries and other related issues.

Petitions

This petition to stop Trumps state visit has  at the time of writing 1,664,388  signatures just a couple of  days after it was launched

Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928TrumpBan please keep signing to let the government know how we feel about this outrage. Unfortunately this petition may only be signed by UK citizens or people resident in the UK.

All the petitions petitions below may be signed by anyone world wide so please add your name and share.

Please add your name to the following :

From AVAAZ

Global Open Letter to Donald

“With the Muslim ban, Trump has shown that the worst fears about his Presidency are true.

This is the start. He’s threatening to tear down international agreements. He’s threatened to start a nuclear arms race. Didn’t believe it before? Believe it now.

And this is happening in all our countries. We must build the global movement to stop it. Over 3 million have already signed the open letter, below, from the world to Trump, and it’s been covered across major media. Today it becomes a symbol of resistance. Help it become an even more powerful message — forward it widely and sign below:

Dear Mr. Trump,

This is not what greatness looks like.

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you.

Facing your fear we choose compassion. Hearing your despair we choose hope. Seeing your ignorance we choose understanding.

As citizens of the world, we stand united against your brand of division.”

Add your name by clicking the link below, please share widely

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/trump_muslim_ban_letter_sgnr_rb/?bMsmGdb&v=87468&cl=11750357671&_checksum=c2a9a7a301209a04323eb45490e044ca6d06dcf7e7de0d94a689ea65e456a7cb

Over 3 million signatures already please help to reach the 4, million signature target and more.

Sign George Takei’s Petition: Stand Up for Muslims in the U.S.

“When I was just 5, my family was rounded up at gunpoint and forced from our home in Los Angeles into an internment camp. We were prisoners in our own country, held within barbed wire compounds, armed guards pointing guns down at us. It was an egregious violation of our rights under the U.S. Constitution, all in the name of “security.” During that time, fear and racism drove government policy, creating a living hell for over 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans, most of whom were U.S. citizens.

I have spent my life trying to ensure something like this never happens again. But dark clouds once more are gathering. A Trump spokesperson recently stated the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II “sets a precedent” for Trump to do the same today. And Trump continues to stand by his plans to establish a Muslim registry and ban immigrants from “certain” Muslim countries from the U.S. It starts with a registry, with restrictions, with irrationally ascribed guilt, and with fear. But we know well where it might lead.”

Please sign this petition to let the Muslim community know you support them and oppose any policy targeting them based on their religion or national origin. Help send a message to Trump and his ilk that this will never again happen in America.

Please read more and sign the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/882/936/102/sign-george-takeis-petition-against-the-internment-of-muslims-in-the-u.s./

Contact the White House

Why not e-mail the White and make your protest

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Or e-mail  Trump directly
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

There is no justification for this ban, at least no ethical justification. Even considering the tragedy of 9/11 it is still extremely unlikely to die as a result of terrorism. You are more likely to die in the USA from lack of medical care, a situation that is set to get worse as Trump seeks to repeal Obama Care. It’s estimated there are between 20,000 and 45,000 deaths a year due to lack of health insurance. I am not saying that numbers count, for each person who died in 9/11 and other terrorist attacks and their relatives and loved ones it is of course a tragedy and if the death of anyone for any reason can be prevented all the better . But it is important to get a perspective. Under Trump more people will die because they cannot afford medical treatment than are likely to die as a result of terrorism.

According to an article in the Washington Post you are more likely to die from being Crushed by Furniture than from a terrorist attack:

“In the United States, an individual’s likelihood of being hurt or killed by a terrorist (whether an Islamist radical or some other variety) is negligible.

Consider, for instance, that since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have been no more likely to die at the hands of terrorists than being crushed to death by unstable televisions and furniture. Meanwhile, in the time it has taken you to read until this point, at least one American has died from a heart attack. Within the hour, a fellow citizen will have died from skin cancer. Roughly five minutes after that, a military veteran will commit suicide. And by the time you turn the lights off to sleep this evening, somewhere around 100 Americans will have died throughout the day in vehicular accidents – the equivalent of “a plane full of people crashing, killing everyone on board, every single day.” Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus at Princeton University, has observed that “[e]ven in countries that have been targets of intensive terror campaigns, such as Israel, the weekly number of casualties almost never [comes] close to the number of traffic deaths.”

Continue Reading the  full article:

You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/11/23/youre-more-likely-to-be-fatally-crushed-by-furniture-than-killed-by-a-terrorist/?utm_term=.6683cd427585

Also see

Syrian Refugees Are Not a Risk to America
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-james-clark/syrian-refugees-and-the-r_b_9111374.html

Trumps measures are extreme, cruel inhumane and should be vigorous protested.

While Trumps actions are shocking in the extreme, it is nevertheless heartening to see how many people care, how many people reject his policies of bigotry, hate and discrimination. Lets hope with enough determination Trump can be thwarted.

Keep in mind other damming executive orders which need to be vigorously challenged:

The approval of Dakota Access and Keystone Oil Pipelines.

Dakota Access Pipeline explained: What is it, why are people protesting it and what happens next?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dakota-access-pipeline-facts-explained-pros-cons-protests-what-next-a7544451.html

“Donald Trump signs executive actions to push through Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

Accompanied by his exclusively white staff, Trump signed the orders that will affect Native American land”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-push-forward-dakota-access-keystone-xl-pipelines-standing-rock-protest-executive-orders-a7543711.html

The Mexican Border wall

Every US household will pay $120 for the border wall if Mexico does not reimburse the cost
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-households-mexican-border-wall-president-donald-trump-mexico-enrique-pena-nieto-national-debt-a7550426.html

The wall is not only a detriment to Mexico but also to the environment and endangered animals

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/donald-trump-great-wall-mexican-border-damage-environment-insane-self-sabotage-wildlife-mexico-a7548861.html

Repeal of Obama Care ( Affordable care)

Poor, minorities, unemployed most likely to lose insurance if Obamacare is repealed
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/20/14336470/obamacare-affordable-care-act-health-insurance-republicans-poor-unemployed-minorities

What would the impact be if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jan/05/what-would-be-impact-if-affordable-care-act-repeal/