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Dear Thomas,
Only day six into the Trump era, there have been a slew of executive orders and signed memorandums attacking our communities. From the push forward on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL pipeline to the quiet close on the Flint Water Michigan investigation case, Trump and the right wing are operating at an accelerated pace.
As of today and tomorrow, we are expecting signed executive orders attacking immigrants that include the following:
1) limits on immigrant visas from Muslim countries
    (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somlia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen)
2) outlined funds for a wall along the US-Mexico border
3) strip federal grants from sanctuary states and cities
What can we do? We must continue to resist on all fronts and work in collaboration across communities. Locally, this afternoon at 3:30pm, both Co-Directors will be joining Many Languages, One Voice for the Sanctuary DC: Immigrant Community Speak Out at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. Also happening today, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders are holding a press conference at 3pm to stand with immigrants and refugees which will be followed by a rally in front of the White House. Your support in solidarity is also critical tomorrow for the call-in and rally to demand action from the DC council against the muslim ban
Keep resisting.
In solidarity,
Dia, Darakshan, and Jessie

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Call-in to City Council to Demand
Action Against Muslim Ban
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 2:00pm-4:00pm

After only a handful of days in office, Donald Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order on Wednesday, January 25th which will include halting refugee admissions for at least 4 months, banning entry to the U.S. from several Muslim majority countries, and implementing of screenings of immigration benefits. In order to address these destructive changes, the Muslim American Women's Policy Forum are calling on  local city council members to send a strong statement in support of the refugee community in DC and to stand against Islamophobia as manifested in this impending Executive Order.

Sanctuary DC: Immigrant Community Speak Out

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 3:30pm-6:00pm
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza 14th St and Park St NW

Let it be heard: They will not build borders in our community. After the inauguration marches and actions leave the city, the District’s immigrants will continue to build with our community and resist the incoming administration – for the long haul. So, what does “sanctuary” even look like? Hear the voices of immigrant community members, poets, and organizers about our fears, hopes, and demands to defend DC in this political climate. We invite you to our multi-cultural public community forum! This gathering is put on by Many Languages One Voice, a multi-ethnic, immigrant-led movement organization working to ensure our city is a protected place for the District's immigrants.

Que se escuche: No van a construir muros en nuestras comunidades.Despues de las marchas durante la inauguracion terminen, los inmigrantes del Distrito de Columbia van a seguir organizando con nuestras comunidades y resistir la nueva administracion - al largo plazo. Entonces, que significa "Santuario"? Escuchan las voces de nuestra comunidad inmigrante sobre nuestros temores, esperanzas, demandas, y acciones y pasos para defender a DC en este momento. Les invitamos a nuestro foro comunitario multicultural! Esta junta se ha organizado Mil Idiomas Una Voz (MLOV), una organizacion multiracial y dirigida por los inmigrantes, luchando para garantizar que nuestra ciudad sea un lugar de proteccion para los inmigrantes de DC.

Art and Activism in the Age of Trump
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 6:30pm-9:00pm
MLK Jr. Library 901 G St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Art has always been a vehicle for resistance. And artists have always served to chronicle big shifts in politics—from labor to war to civil rights. With the election of Donald Trump, free speech could be at risk, meaning art is more powerful than ever—especially in D.C. On January 25th, join the discussion with a panel of local artists, musicians, actors, and activists on the impact and importance of art and activism in the age of Donald Trump.

Moderator: Matt Cohen, Washington City Paper

-Julianne Brienza (Founder, Capital Fringe)
-Chad Clark (Musician, Beauty Pill)
-Kevin Erickson (National Organizing Director, Future of Music Coalition)
-Katie Alice Greer (Musician and Activist, Priests/Sister Polygon Records)
-Laura Irene (Mexican-American Artist, Writer and Community Organizer. Board member and events coordinator for Girls Rock! DC)
-Lisa Marie Thalhammer (Artist and Muralist)
-Rob Watson (Musician, Pure Disgust)
-Bill Warrell (Artist and curator)

Trump Is After Us, DC Stand Up for Us
Rally at DC Council
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 4:30pm-6:00pm
John A. Wilson Bldg 1350 Pennsylvannia Ave NW Washington, DC 20004

***Turn out against Trump's "Muslim Ban" policies***
Stand With Muslim and Refugee communities after Trump's Executive Order banning our communities is passed. We are asking for allies, Muslims, and refugees to show up to the Wilson building to remind DC council that they must take a clear stance that they will not throw our communities under the bus. After only a handful of days in office, Donald Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order on Wednesday, January 25th which will include halting refugee admissions for at least 4 months, banning entry to the U.S. from several Muslim majority countries, and implementing of screenings of immigration benefits. 

For more information, click here

State of Train the Movement

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 4:00pm-7:00pm
1805 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Join Train the Movement: A Trainers of Color Collaborative in building community with supporters and fellow trainers, exploring next steps in our work, and sharing and overviewing tools/resources! Food will be served.

General Assembly Meeting:
DC Movement for Black Lives Steering Committee

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location TBD

The Movement for Black Lives Steering Committee is going to be hosting the first General Assembly of the year. It will focus around the organizing and advocacy around the NEAR Act and building a sustained joint campaign for transformative criminal justice reform. This general assembly will feature a popular education piece on the NEAR Act and updates from core groups on how to get involved.

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