Muslim Bans, Refugee Bans, Ending DACA A Threat to Our Freedoms


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (All day)


Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Muslim Bans, Refugee Bans, Ending DACA – A Threat to All Our Freedoms How Did We Get Here – and What Can We Do? Where: Harvard Law School, Hauser Hall, Room 102 When: 5:30pm – 6:00pm Check-in and Refreshments. 6:00pm – 8:00pm Panel Discussion The Muslim and Refugee bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, in Honolulu, wrote that the Muslim Ban 3.0 Executive Order "plainly discriminates based on nationality" and would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States." The Trump Administration wants to negotiate DACA protections for building the Wall. These legislation attempts are part of a continuum of exclusionary, xenophobic and racist policies that promote white supremacy and discrimination on the basis of faith, national origin, and immigration status. As arguments continue in the courtrooms, it is vital that communities continue to resist. Everyone has a role in defending a welcoming and inclusive America. Think you can’t do anything – you can! Come participate in an important discussion on how we got here, what’s at stake, and what actions you can take. Speakers: Rachel E. Rosenbloom, Professor and Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Northeastern University School of Law Ayesha Kazmi, Organizer – Roxbury, District 7, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center Saher Selod, Assistant Professor - Sociology, Simmons College Maheen Haider, Doctoral Candidate (Sociology) & Clough Graduate Fellow, Boston College Nazia Ashraful, Government Affairs Director, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Massachusetts Chapter   Pluralism Project Summary: On a rainy December day Hauser Hall at the Harvard Law School was buzzing with excitement. The event advertised that it would educate the audience on “Threats to Our Freedoms,” including the travel ban (referred to colloquially and throughout the lecture as the Muslim ban) and the discontinuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The crowd was largely white, but included several South Asians and a few Arabs and Latinos. The attendees largely represented two demographic groups: law students and young lawyers in their twenties and thirties, and middle-aged concerned citizens in their fifties and sixties. Panelists for the event included Rachel E. Rosenbloom, Professor and Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic of Northeastern University School of Law; Ayesha Kazmi, Organizer for Roxbury and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center; Saher Selod, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Simmons College, Maheen Haider, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Boston College; and Nazia Ashraful, Government Affairs Director of CAIR Massachusetts. The presenters attempted to humanize the issues they spoke about, educating the law school audience about the historical, sociological, and emotional aspects of the conflicts in question. The event ended with a very brief question and answer segment, with most of the questions inquiring as to how attendees could get involved. This summary was written by a Pluralism Project staff member who attended the event.