Non-stop resistance is the anthem of the current movement as we head into Black History Month. And we must invest in local resistance! Here is a short list of organizations and groups to support:
Across the city, thousands have turned out and turned up every day and every hour to resist Trump and his chaotic unveiling through the slew of executive orders. Among the most powerful actions against the most devastating and instantaneous impact of Trump's crackdown on immigrants is the #MuslimBan protests.
In DC, the resistance movement needs more support in the fight against Islamophobia. We must invest in local organizations. Within days of the #MuslimBan, ACLU National received a donation surge of almost $20 million. We need to also look at the grassroots movement that have been and continues to mobilize and organize against Islamophobia, xenophobia and racist policies.
Ahead of the Executive Order banning immigrants and refugees from majority Muslim countries, the Muslim American Women's Policy Forum (MAWPF) organized a rally last Thursday in front of the DC City Council to demand stronger protections for Muslim, immigrant and refugee communities. Community partners from Black Lives Matter DC (BLM DC) and Gabriela Washington, DC spoke about this critical moment to fight and the importance of intersectional movement building.
The organizers of MAWPF and their leadership have more than helped turn the tide against Islamophobia in DC while building cross community collaborations. Among the most impactful is joining Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and Many Languages, One Voice (MLOV) last year to call on the DC library to address Islamophobia after the harassment and intimidation of a Muslim woman to remove her hijab by a library officer.
It can't be said enough. Please continue to support local resistance as your donations and resources will make an immediate impact. Keep resisting, keep mobilzing and keep showing up for one another. When we fight, we win. In the words of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz:
"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything" - Malcolm X