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#TrumpTheBan: ways to take action after yesterday’s protest

Tuesday 31-01-2017 - 15:38

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to show their opposition to Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban and Theresa May’s complicity with his divisive, Islamophobic and xenophobic agenda. Students have a vital role to play in building this opposition. In the coming days, NUS is encourage as many people as possible to find ways to get involved.

The feeling of both anger and solidarity was palpable and shows the potential we have to be part of, not only overturning this ban, but developing a movement built on anti-racism and solidarity which can start to push back these broader attacks.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 1 February, 5.30pm), NUS and FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) are co-organising a meeting at SOAS in London. You can find out more on the Facebook event.


Other things you can do:
 

  1. Join the many protests planned to take place in coming days. If there isn’t one in your area, why not work with others to call one.
     
  2. Encourage your student council to formally oppose Donald Trump’s ban. We’ve put together a draft motion on the Muslim Ban for you to use.
     
  3. Download our ‘#TrumpTheBan’ poster and stick them up all across your college or university to raise awareness around the issue.
     
  4. Reach out to international/Muslim students letting them know you're there to support them.
     
  5. Find clubs and societies whose members might have been affected by Trump's 'Muslim Ban'. Ask the president/committees of each society to contact Mostafa Rajaai, NUS' International Students' Officer at Mostafa.Rajaai@nus.org.uk so coordinated action can be taken across the country by those affected.

    The countries included in the ban are as followed: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya Yemen. Therefore the affected societies can range from Iranian/Persian society to Arab Society, Islamic Society, Ahlul Bayt Society and so on.
     
  6. Organise the necessary support and advice to those in need and for those students willing to make their homes into refuges for people stranded in the UK, while they wait for their situation to become clearer.
     
  7. On Friday during which Jummuah (congregational Muslim prayer) takes place, hold a series of public prayers and call on non Muslims to join and/or support by ensuring this takes place safely.
     
  8. Please donate to or get involved in the ‘Women for Refugee Women Network. Other groups such as Movement for Justice and Sisters Uncut are actively working to mobilise communities from demonstrating outside detention centres to providing guidance and support to those affected. 
     
  9. Email the NUS Women's Officer Hareem Ghani at hareem.ghani@nus.org.uk if you want to host an event on gendered Islamophobia on your campus.
     
  10. Write to your local MPs to hold Theresa May to account! Email Hareem.Ghani@nus.org.uk for a template letter. 
     
  11. With the Prevent agenda primarily targeting Muslims and Migrants, it's important to mobilise against this policy locally and show solidarity through various actions. You can find out more by visiting the Students Not Suspects Website and inform yourself more on the strategy through our Preventing Prevent handbook. 


Please get in touch by emailing Malia.Bouattia@nus.org.uk and let us know if you are organising any events, actions or protests or if you have other ideas that we can add to this list.

NUS is actively campaigning to defend and extend the rights of international students and migrants as well as opposing the UK government’s islamophobic Prevent duty.

For more information on how to get involved with our work in these areas and to sign up to recieve updates first, please visit www.nus.org.uk/liber8.

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