Refuse and

February 20, 2002 -- National Day of Solidarity
with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants

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Events scheduled for February 20

First they came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, but by that time, no one was left to speak up. -- Pastor Martin Niemoeller, Nazi Germany

We call on people everywhere to participate in a National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants. The words of Pastor Niemoeller spell out the challenge facing all of us as people who seek justice and a better world. This time, first they are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. Based on their racial profile, over 1500 have been rounded up and the government refuses to say who they are, where they are jailed and what the charges are!!! Already, a Pakistani man has died in custody. Who will be next? The recent "disappearances", indefinite detention, the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state. We will not allow our grief for the tragedy of September 11 to be used to justify this new repression. We are clear that being an immigrant is not a crime, Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are not terrorists.

120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were rounded up and put in concentration camps during World War II. Only after 50 years had passed did the U.S. government acknowledge that injustice. Let us work together to build a hospitable community for immigrants and refugees by resisting and stopping these new injustices now. Human life is more important than unjust laws. Join with people across the United States in observing a National Day of Solidarity. Stand together with Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants on February 20, 2002. It is only the voice and action of the people that can STOP these attacks and assure freedom and justice for all.

On February 20 wear a blue triangle with the name of one of the newly "disappeared". In the early 1940's, German Nazis used many different colored triangles to categorize and divide people in the concentration camps. We will not allow the same kind of profiling to happen here. We will wear a blue triangle in a positive way to show our solidarity with those being targeted today. Find the ways to express your solidarity: churches, synagogues, unions and schools provide sanctuary for the persecuted; organize a vigil or demonstration at a local INS detention center; hold a teach in at your local school, college, or university; call your political representatives and demand that these outrages cease; organize a poetry SLAM or a music show; write a letter to your local newspaper calling for justice for all; students demand that your colleges or universities not turn over the files of immigrant students to the government; contact local tv and radio talk shows asking to be part of the program; sponsor a meet the immigrant educational and cultural event so they can tell their stories.

Remember the tragedy of Nazi Germany when so many looked the other way as their neighbors were disappeared, persecuted and stripped of their civil liberties. What would you have done then? What will you do now?

Signatories: (*for identification purposes only):

Cherie Acherson, Syracuse, NY
Al- Fatiha Foundation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims and their friends
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party/Georgia Chapter
Alvaro Luna Hernández National Freedom Coalition
The Amazon Xociety, Houston, TX
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Georgia Chapter (ADC-GA)
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco Chapter
Amnesty International, University of Houston Chapter*
Amnesty International, University of St. Thomas* Chapter, Houston, TX
AnakBAYAN Seattle
Anarchist Action of Rochester, NY
Laurie Anderson, Pomegranate Arts, New York, NY
Andolan - Organizing South Asian Workers, New York, NY
Art Car Museum, Houston, TX
Asian-American Legal Defense Education Fund, New York, NY
Asian-American Relations Group, Austin, TX
Asians for Mumia/Jericho (New York)
Amardeep Assar, Associate Professor, York College, (C.U.N.Y.)*, New York, NY
Dave Atwood, Pax Christi*, Houston, TX
Austin Against War, Austin, TX
Aztlán Media Collective, Los Angeles, CalifAztlán
Black Radical Congress - New York Metro
Black Student Alliance at City University of New York Graduate Center
Bob Buzzanco, Professor of History, University of Houston*
Capitol District Stand for Peace Coalition, Troy NY
Enrique Cardiel, State Representative, Partido Nacional la Raza Unida - Nuevo Mexico
Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee, Community Church of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Chicago Anti-Bashing Network
Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Chicago Committee to Free Mumia Abul-Jamal
Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program
Coalition for Peace and Justice, Trinity University*, San Antonio, TX
Coastal Convergence Society, Huntington Beach, CA
Comité No Nos Vamos de Fresno, Fresno, CA
Committee Against the U$ Empire (the CAU$E), St. Louis, MO
Committee for a Democratic Palestine
Tom Cordaro, Pax Christi USA* National Council Chairperson
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) - New York Chapter
CUNY Social & Political Science Students Association, New York, NY
David Wong Support Committee, New York, NY
Fr. Bill Davis, O.M.I., Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Houston, TX
Detroit Anti-War Network
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving, Jackson Heights, NY
East Bay Peace Action, San Francisco, CA area
Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned, Hayward, CA
Jack Elder, San Antonio, TX
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, San Antonio, TX
Filipino Workers Center, New York, NY
First Defense Legal Aid, Chicago, IL
Forum of Indian Leftists
Dr. Kathy Foulser, DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition*, Elmhurst, IL
Freedom Socialist Party, Seattle, WA
Freer Speech Coalition, University of Houston*
Fremont Peace Action, Fremont,CA
Fresno Center for Non-Violence, Fresno, CA
Lynn Furay, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom*, Houston, TX
Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director, South Asian League of Artists in America (SALAAM), New York, NY
Georgia Coalition for Peace, Atlanta, GA
Global Awareness and Global Democracy Forum, University of Houston*
Global Exchange
Global Relief Foundation
Heather Gray, Just Peace - WRFG* Atlanta, GA
Greens/Green Party, USA
Greensboro Peace Coalition, Greensboro, N.C.
Haitian Coalition for Justice, New York
Cornelius Hall, father of Jerrold Hall killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police, member of October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation
Randall Hamud, attorney at law, Civil Liberties Defense Foundation, San Diego, CA
Harris County Green Party, Houston, TX
Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington, Seattle
Hayward Peace and Justice Coalition, Hayward, CA
Houston A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
Houston Coalition for Justice Not War (HCJNW)
Houstonians United for Mumia
Human Rights Action Service, St. Louis, MO
Hunter High School Human Rights Watch/Progressive Forum, NY, NY
Hyde Park Committee Against War and Racism, Chicago, IL
INS Watch, San Francisco, CA
Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants, St. Louis, MO
International Action Center (IAC)
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
International Lesbian and Gay Organization, Brussels, Belgium, and the following officers: Kursad Kahramanaglu, Co Secretary General (England): Anna Leah Sarabia, Co Secretary General (Philippines): Rosana Flamer-Caldera, asian Reional Representative (Sri Lanka); Sherman de Rose, Asian Regional Rep. (Sri Lanka); Tess Lomax, Anzapi Regional Rep. (New Zealand); Wayne Robers, Anzapi Regional Rep. (Australia); Jackie Lewis, Europe Regional Rep., (England), Pierre Noel, Europe Regional Rep. (Brussells); Jane Pantel, Latin America Regional Rep (Brazil); Carlos Sanchez, Latin America Regional Rep. (Chile); Zandile Makahamadze, Africa Regional Rep. (Zimbabwe); Claudine Oullet, International Lesbian and Gay Assoc., North American Regional Rep; Harold Kooden, Ph. D, International Lesbian and Gay Assoc, North American Regional Rep.
International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement - Chicago Branch, Chicago, IL
International Socialist Organization
International South Asia Forum (INSAF), Jersey City, NJ
Mesha Irizarry, Executive Director of Emergency Shelter Program, mother of Idriss Stelley killed by San Francisco Police Department
Islamic Society of North America
Justice & Peace/Integrity of Creation Office, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Washington, DC
Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago
Thomas Kleven, Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law*, Houston, TX
Yuri Kochiyama, Oakland, CA
Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA), Los Angeles, CA
La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco, CA
La Resistencia
La Voz de los de Abajo, Chicago, IL
The Leadership Team of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St Louis, MO
Elouise Lotts & Lonnie X. McCarter, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement*, Houston, TX
Lisa Maldanaldo, Field Director, ACLU*, Northern California
Miguel Maldonado, Immigrant Workers Association, New York, NY
MANAVIA, New Jersey
Siri Margerin, family friend of Idriss Stelley, killed by San Francisco police
Robert J. Marx, Rabbi, Congregation Hakafa, Glencoe, IL
Travis Morales, La Resistencia National Council member, supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Houston, TX
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Muslim Student Association, San Diego State University*
Muslim Student's Association, University of Illinois - Chicago*
National Action Network
National Conference of Black Lawyers, Chicago, IL
National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter
Chuy Negrete, folksinger/musicologist, Mexican Cultural Institute, Chicago, IL
Neighbors for Peace, Evanston, IL
Hasan Newash, Grosse Pt., MI
New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
New York Taxi Workers Alliance
North Coast Xpress (Editor: Doret Kollerer)
Not In My Name, Evanston, IL
October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation
Ohio Empowerment Coalition/ Welfare Rights Cincinnati Chapter
Palestine Aid Society, Chicago, IL
Pan-Valley Institute, Fresno, CA
Peace and Freedom Party, San Diego Chapter (CA)
Peace and Justice Group of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL
PeaceFresno, Fresno, CA
Beatrice Pita, Instructor, University of California San Diego*
Vijay Prashad, Direct, International Studies Program, Trinity College*, Hartford, CT
Progressive Activists Network of California State University San Marcos*
Progressive Workers Organizing Committee of Galveston County, TX
Queers for Racial and Economic Justice, New York, NY
Bill Ramsey, Human Rights Action Service, St. Louis, MO
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Herbert B. Rothschild Jr., Coordinator, Peace Action* - Greater Houston
Bill Ryan, Vice-President, Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty*, Westchester, IL
Safe Space, Austin, TX
SAKHI for South Asian Women
San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice
San Francisco Day Laborers Program
San Francisco Town Hall
Committee Against War and Racism
Rosaura Sánchez, Professor, University of California San Diego*
Seattle Radical Women
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province
Dr. David Michael Smith, Assistant Professor of Government, College of the Mainland*, Texas City, TX
Socialist Alternative, Seattle, WA
South Asian Action and Advocacy Collective, New York, NY
South Asian League of Artists in America (SALAAM), New York, NY
South Asian Magazine for Action & Reflection (SAMAR), New York, NY
South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), New York, NY
South Asians Against Police Brutality and Racism, New York, NY
Southwest Alliance to Resist Militarization (S.W.A.R.M.). Tucson, AZ
SPEaK - Students Promoting Empowerment and Knowledge, Columbia University*, NY
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America
Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, Union City, CA
The Street Wall Journal, Ann Arbor, MI
Student Committee Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE), NY, NY
Students Against a Violent Earth (SAVE), Southwest Texas State University*
Students for International Peace and Justice
Darnell Summers, Vietnam Veterans Against the War - Anti-Imperialist (Germany)/Stop the War Brigade
Cathryn Swan, War Is Not The Answer
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, General Secretary, Islamic Society of North America
Dr. Ghade Talhami, Professor, Lake Forest College*, Lake Forest, IL
Trade Roots Reggae, San Diego, CA
Tri City Peace Action, Union City, CA
Triad Anti-War Committee, Greensboro, N.C.
Triangle Foundation, Detroit, MI
Trumbullplex Anarchist Collective, Detroit, MI
Lucy Turull, mother of Jovan Gonzales, victim of police brutality
United Muslim Americans Association (UMAA)
United Muslim Association, San Diego, CA
Universal School, Bridgeview, IL
Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Joseph P. Urgo, Vietnam Veterans against the War, Anti-Imperialist
Vietnam Veterans against the War Anti-Imperialist
War Is Not the Answer, New York, NY
We B. SASSAFRAS/Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
The Wheelchair Project, Fresno, CA
White People Undoing Racism Group, Greensboro, NC
Mike Whitty, Alliance for Democracy, Birmingham, MI
Women for Afghan Women, New York, NY
Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council Member, Berkeley, CA
William Yoshino, Midwest Director of the Japanese American Citizens League*
Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson killed by NYPD
Ana Celia Zentella, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of San Diego*
Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University*

Please endorse this call and distribute, post and publish everywhere! Funds are quickly needed to organize for February 20. We urge you to immediately send donations. All actions on February 20 should be publicized and popularized. Write or call the La Resistencia National Office with news of activities in your area: P.O. Box 2823, Houston, TX 77252-2823. Telephone: 713-521-3099

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