For Immediate Release


Linda Sarsour: (917) 306-3323 

Jamila Hammami- (347) 496-8490


Human Rights Trump Oppression: International Solidarity Action for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

NEW YORK - Members from the Arab community, Muslim community and human rights activists of New York City will come together on December 10, 2015 in solidarity for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to say no to the harmful racism, Islamophobia, Arabphobia, and xenophobia towards the refugee community.

On November 19, 2015 – the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038). This bill will make it harder for refugees to enter the U.S. by requiring background checks by not just the Department of Homeland Security but also the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence. Since the aftermath of 9/11 – increased “security” has only left the Muslim/Arab community in fear of government officials.

As a community, we recognize that the United States is complicit in the human rights abuses across the Middle East and North Africa. We also recognize that the Assad dictatorship is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in Syria, and is engaged in documented torture and imprisonment of tens of thousands of its citizens. We stand in solidarity with the popular movements which rise up against any repressive government. We also recognize that the United States bears primary responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Iraq dating back to the 1990s Gulf Wars and exacerbated by the global ‘War on Terror’.  All of this has contributed to the recent influx of Syrian and Iraqi refugees that have entered and are trying to enter into the United States.

At present, the US government has agreed to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. This is not enough. We demand that the US government accept more refugees from Syria and Iraq without intense background checks and to provide adequate resources and social services to these newly resettled refugees. Further, we demand that the US and all other governments cease their interventions in the Middle East and North Africa and their support of human rights abuses by repressive regimes.

We will be standing together as a collective on Thursday  December 10th, 5p.m., International Human Rights Day, at Columbus circle right by the International Trump Tower to raise awareness of these issues and call for action from the U.S. Government.

WHAT: International Solidarity Action for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

WHO: Syrian & Iraqi Refugees, Community Members and Advocates

WHERE: Columbus Circle, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, December 10 @ 5pm

VISUALS: Testimonies, Posters, Banners

HASHTAGS:  #HRTrumpOppression, #StandUp4Syrians, #StandUp4Iraqis,

#StandUp4Refugees, #StandUp4Muslims

Name List of Organizations Involved:

Arab American Association NY

Families for Freedom

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast)

Jews For Racial and Economic Justice

MENA Solidarity Network – Refugee Advocacy Project

International Socialist Organization

War Resisters League

John Jay Students for Justice in Palestine

Mekong NYC

Iraq Veterans Against the War

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

New York State Youth Leadership Council

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

NYC Students for Justice in Palestine

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)


NYU Academic Workers for a Democratic Union

Indian-American Muslim Public Affairs Committee

US Muslim Solidarity with the Syrian people

AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement

Havaar: Iranian Initiative against War, Sanctions and State Repression

GSOC-UAW Local 2110: The Union for Graduate Employees at New York University

New York City Asian American Student Conference

Jewish Voice for Peace

AF3IRM-NYC: Association of Filipinas

Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization

Other contacts for general information:

Mirna Haidar :

Aber Kawas:


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