Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Launch #100DaysOfResistance, Rejecting Trump's Proposed Policies

January 20, 2017
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
svodvarka@icirr.org
(773) 294-4909

Campaign empowers immigrants, refugees, and allies to stand together on Inauguration Day and beyond

(CHICAGO, IL—January 20, 2017)  Today’s inauguration of President Donald J. Trump has prompted immigrant and refugee leaders, workers, women, and many other groups who have been targeted by the new administration to stand together in solidarity and resistance. #100DaysOfResistance, a campaign spearheaded by Asian Americans Advocating Justice (AAAJ) and supported by the members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee RIghts (ICIRR) includes plans for grassroot direct action, legislative initiatives, social media movements, and other actions to counter the Islamophobic, anti-immigrant agenda which has defined the new administration.

The campaign aims to elevate ICIRR’s “Platform for Resistant, Unity and Respect”, a declaration created by ICIRR’s community, faith and labor members, and promoted at last week’s Immigration Rally for Unity and Respect.  More than 1,200 immigrant, refugee, faith, and worker rights leaders gathered on January 14th to uplift the communities, stand in solidarity, and resist fear.  Leaders called upon all elected officials to support the Platform, including several who were in attendance: US Senator Richard Durbin, former Governor Pat Quinn, State Representative Will Guzzardi, Cook County Commissioner Jesus (Chuy) Garcia, Irish Senator Billy Lawless, and others.

The possible rescission of DACA is just one of many reasons why #100DaysOfResistance has come about.  Presidential candidate Trump had vowed to rescind the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offered protections and work permits to young adults who were brought to the US as children under.  The possibility that 740,000 young people in America could lose DACA in the next few days is just one of the many immediate, tangible effects of President Trump’s campaign rhetoric. “The campaign is over and the divisive rhetoric must stop,” said Lawrence Benito, Executive Director at ICIRR. “Our community leaders are courageously standing together—we will not submit to fear, to intolerance, to hate of any kind.  We have a message for President Trump: Our immigrant and refugee community is here to stay.”

The Platform calls upon elected officials at the local, state, and national levels to strengthen or create local “welcoming” ordinances; oppose any Muslim registry; support the “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy” (BRIDGE) Act, co-sponsored by Senator Durbin and US Rep. Luis Gutierrez, which would protect DACA-eligible youths; and many other actions supportive of immigrants and refugees.

ICIRR’s members will organize and mobilize to reject President Trump’s anti-immigrant “First 100 Days Action Plan,” released last October, which includes canceling federal funding to cities with immigrant welcoming policies, constructing a wall along the US-Mexico border, deporting millions of immigrants, and suspending refugee resettlement, and have laid out an alternative aspirational vision for lawmakers to support.  In response to these proposals, #100DaysOfResistance is a collective media campaign documenting our communities’ actions as we resist racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, ableism, and more.

“From marches and rallies to art and self-care, #100DaysofResistance exists to show examples and models of resistance to the public at-large,” said Steve Moon, director of organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago. The diverse base of organizations launching #100DaysOfResistance will be working together beyond the first 100 days of the new administration, modeling and leading resistance throughout the year said.

To initiate the #100DaysofResistance, this Saturday members of several organizations, including Mujeres Latinas in Accion, will attend the Women’s March on Chicago, community groups including ENLACE are creating sanctuaries for immigrants in danger of deportation, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and other organizations are continuing their lobbying efforts to support the BRIDGE Act and many other organizations are resisting against the Trump Administration’s policies and standing strong together.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visitwww.icirr.org.