A new wave of activism has taken over the country in the months following the election. Most recently, hundreds of citizens marched to the White House to fight against religious injustice. During his campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump repeatedly called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a view he still stands behind as presented on his website. Discriminating against people solely on the basis of their religion is simply not fair. Those who marched in D.C. believed in justice for all, including our Muslim friends.
Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims and the creation of a Muslim registry has faced a lot of resistance. Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple have all publicly stated that they would not help the new administration with any technology that would collect information for the government to track immigrants from Muslim countries. This was after thousands of software engineers signed a pledge saying they stood in solidarity with Muslim Americans and immigrants.
The Muslim registry pledge has been one popular form of resistance where individuals pledge to register themselves as Muslims so as to protect the identity of Muslim Americans. Over 30,000 people have pledged thus far through registerus.today, which states, “We pledge to stand together with Muslims across the country, and around the world. Because when we stand as one, no American can be singled out by their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”
Hundreds of thousands of individuals are taking action today against religious injustice. A total of 341,000 signatures were delivered to the White House last month in support of the movement for #NoMuslimRegistry. This campaign demanded President Obama to do his part to prevent the registry from being built by shutting down NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System), a registry program developed post-9/11 to target and detain immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
Through the power of protest, a victory was won for religious justice. The Obama administration recently announced that it will fully dismantle the NSEERS program before the President leaves office. This goes to show what can be accomplished when we stand together and fight for what is right.