ما همه ایرانی

Many people are angry and heartbroken at the consequences (on themselves, their loved ones, their friends and coworkers) of the executive order that has banned refugees, as well as legal immigrants and green card holders, from certain countries from entering the US for the next few months. A common question is, what can we do? A few possibilities:

  • Donate to the ACLU. They have a long history of fighting for civil rights and, on Saturday, they immediately sprung into action and where able to get a stay on the ban, whose implications are still not clear.
    As you are contemplating donations, consider also supporting Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center. This is unrelated to the current refugees/immigrant crisis, but it is relevant to what will probably be future crises instigated by the current administration. (The SPLC does a great work in tracking and documenting hate groups.)
  • Sign this petition, which has received significant media coverage
  • Do what you can to make sure our professional societies produce a response. Both the outgoing and the incoming presidents of the AMS have signed the above petition, and I understand that the appropriate committee of the AMS  is considering making a statement. I don’t know if the ACM is planning a similar action, and if you have access to the ACM leadership, please lean on them to do so.
    (Edited to add: ACM put out a statement Monday morning, and so this the AMS.)
  • Call your representatives in congress, especially if you live in a state with Republican senators or in a district with a Republican representative. Don’t email: call and ask to speak with the staffer who is responsible for immigration matters.
  • Reach out to colleagues, students and staff who are affected by the executive order. If you have channels to do so, pressure campus leadership to cover their legal expenses, which could be substantial.

If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “ما همه ایرانی

  1. If I read Trump’s order correctly, in 60 days or so it will be extended to nationals of ALL countries not complying with the (coming) US administration request to provide information on their passport holders.

  2. To complement 1., donating to the Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/) (or better, volunteering) and subscribing to newspapers trying to cover the facts (New York Times, Washington Post, you name it) may also be a good course of action. It’s less related to the current ban than to trying and limit the damage future executive orders, or the current “war on the media,” could create.

  3. thx for your concern/ idealism. hey can you translate the title for those of us who dont know persian/ arabic or whatever it is (with all due respect)?
    what is to be done? was musing on marilyn monroes words. “sometimes bad things have to fall apart so better things can come together”. and then there is the semifamous quote by gramsci about “morbid symptoms” ushering in a new age.

    anyway theres immediate strong pushback including by the US judiciary already. lets see where this goes.
    one idea is to look for historical parallels and try to help educate the public that seems largely unaware or even worse yet, ignorant of them. there are strong parallels to nazi germany already & its attitude toward science. politicizing it in a radical/ dark way. other parallels are to massive 19th century immigration into the US. many amercans do not even seem to be aware of or realize the history of their own country.
    & then there is even “forgotten history” eg just ran across this here

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/refugees-jews-holocaust-ms-st-louis-manifest-ship-us-trump

  4. Are you going to post about the violent riots by radical leftists at Berkley yesterday, who shut down an event hosting the gay libertarian right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos?
    The violence was atrocious, and danger to free speech may be severe if legitimate events like this continue to be disrupted by violent riots.

  5. Pingback: visa ban connections with science/ tech/ research | Turing Machine

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