An order from a federal judge in Hawaii yesterday (October 17) and another in Maryland today (October 18) halted the third iteration of president Donald Trump’s attempted travel ban. Recognizing that order’s Islamophobic rhetoric, Advocates for Youth and its constituent Muslim Youth Leadership Council celebrate Muslims’ complex humanity with the #MuslimAnd social media campaign today.
“We refuse to let this administration define us, oppress our culture and institutionalize hate against our community,” Urooj Arshad of Advocates for Youth said in the organization’s announcement. “We are diverse, expansive and intersectional—and we will fight back against the hateful and small-minded narrative that the administration continues to put forth.”
The announcement notes that #MuslimAnd was designed by the council—which is made up of Muslim youth organizers working on community health initiatives—in solidarity with the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign. A coalition of immigration and Muslim community grassroots organizations launched #NoMuslimBanEver last month to mobilize against the travel ban. That campaign culminated with a protest near the White House this morning. NBC Washington correspondent Meagan Fitzgerald tweeted the following video from the action:
Many of the tweets using #MuslimAnd also included #NoMuslimBanEver, with some showing participants at the DC action and other solidarity actions across the country. Here are seven tweets encapsulating the campaign’s call:
#MuslimAnd intersectional Queen— Da illest (@hanipenny) October 18, 2017