PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 26, 2018) Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s travel ban, which bars people from seven countries – five of which are majority Muslim – from entering the United States. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – a 100-year-old Quaker organization committed to building a just and lasting peace in the United States and across the world – spoke out against the decision.
“Urgent action is needed to protect the lives of people from countries affected by the ban, but instead the U.S. is continuing a dark history of legalized oppression,” said Dina El-Rifai, who works with AFSC’s Communities Against Islamophobia project. “Communities across the country have been organizing against racist and anti-Muslim policies such as the Muslim ban, and will continue to organize in light of today's Supreme Court decision.”
AFSC’s Communities Against Islamophobia project advocates for policies that respect the rights and dignity of Muslims; and opposes policies of profiling, surveillance, and state violence against the Muslim community. Our Muslim staff lead political education workshops for young Muslims, and the project trains allies to understand anti-Muslim racism and support Muslim led organizing.
“We will not stand for policies that target and criminalize Muslims,” said Mary Zerkel, who serves as the project’s coordinator. “We’re calling on people across the country to join AFSC and the #NoMuslimBanEver coalition of more than 100 community groups and thousands of individuals across the country to say we will never accept a Muslim ban.”
AFSC offices across the country have been active in mobilizing against the Muslim Ban since the first version was introduced by the Trump administration. The organization has a long history of opposing discriminatory federal policies.
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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social systems.