While Irish Prime Minster Enda Kenny traveled to the White House to take part in a traditional \u0022shamrock ceremony\u0022 with his American counterpart on Thursday, Irish lawmaker Aodhán Ó\u0026#039;Ríordáin and other critics called on Irish-Americans to take a stand against President Donald Trump and his xenophobic policies.To coincide with Ireland\u0026#039;s National Holiday, St. Patrick\u0026#039;s Day, on Friday, Ó\u0026#039;Ríordáin has planned an event dubbed \u0022Irish Stand,\u0022 which will provide a platform for \u0022Irish, American, and global voices\u0022 to be \u0022raised in united for justice and equality.\u0022\u0022The story of the Irish, both home and abroad, is one of immigration, sectarianism, and oppression,\u0022 reads the event website. \u0022We understand and echo the concerns of those communities who face fear and uncertainty. We are, therefore, compelled to raise our voices in the spirit of the late and great, Dr. King, and make a compassionate stand for unity.\u0022Notably, the event is being held at New York City\u0026#039;s Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. historically took a stand again the Vietnam War in April 1967.Ó\u0026#039;Ríordáin, the Labour Party senator who made waves last fall when he declared Trump a \u0022fascist\u0022 before Parliament, told the Irish Times that Kenny\u0026#039;s visit to the White House compelled him to action.\u0022If we were to let Enda Kenny\u0026#039;s visit to the White House pass without people from an Irish background least trying to do something then that would be a missed opportunity,\u0022 he said. \u0022I don\u0026#039;t know what happens next and we do have to be realistic but things can often go in expected directions.\u0022In an op-ed published The Journal on Thursday, Ó\u0026#039;Ríordáin expanded on this idea. He wrote:It is my contention that in this era of fear and uncertainty the Irish have a historic and moral obligation to take a stand for justice and equality.\u0026nbsp;No other country in the world understands immigration like we do. We understand coffin ships, sectarianism, suppression of rights and overcoming conflict like no other nation.\u0026nbsp;The negative stereotypes now attached to other identities were once attached to us. We were the terrorists at one time.So now as the most powerful nation on earth turns its hate on its most vulnerable of inhabitants, we have a platform to call it out for what it is. It is racism.Calling out the Irish-Americans within the Trump administration who will \u0022undoubtedly use the St. Patrick\u0026#039;s Day events in the White House to promote the American success story of a white European Christian people,\u0022 Ó\u0026#039;Ríordáin said that they \u0022have forgotten themselves and their own history.\u0022(It is worth mentioning that a number of Trump officials chose to wear green ties and other Irish regalia on Thursday.)Your racist polices are an insult to the Irish and to all immigrant peoples. #irishstand https://t.co/7doVqewvTX— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) March 16, 2017Irish people, he concludes, must \u0022refuse to allow our history to be hijacked for a right-wing white nationalist agenda.\u0022Similarly, Irish Times columnist Fintan O\u0026#039;Toole wrote last week about the \u0022double standard\u0022 among Irish and Irish-Americans to \u0022weep for the plight of the \u0026#039;undocumented Irish\u0026#039; in the U.S.\u0022 and at the same time be \u0022tough about \u0026#039;illegal immigrants\u0026#039; violating the sanctity of our own borders.\u0022O\u0026#039;Toole continued:How can these products of mass migration justify to themselves a campaign of terror against migrant communities? By holding in their heads a toxic duality: white Irish migrants good; brown Mexican or Muslim migrants bad.[...] This is a moment of truth about what it means to be Irish in the world. We either wink at a racism that affords most of us the privilege of a white skin. Or we honour the struggles of so many millions of Irish immigrants to be accepted as equal human beings.Proceeds from Friday\u0026#039;s event, which is being supported by members of Waking the Feminists, Black Lives Matter, and the Women\u0026#039;s March, will go to the American Civil Liberties Union.Included among the diverse list of speakers are writer and activist Shaun King; actors Gabriel Byrne and Richard Schiff; Imam Shamsi Ali, Muslim scholar and director of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens; and civil liberties champion Terry McGovern. The event will also feature contributions from New York-based Irish author and National Book Award recipient Colum McCann and comedian Maeve Higgins.