The shooting at multiple mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, March 15th, has left our communities reeling, deeply traumatized, and in mourning.
But we know that white nationalism doesn’t always manifest itself in mass shootings—we first see it in the everyday dehumanization of our communities.
Meanwhile, our bigot-in-chief Donald Trump publicly denies that growing far-right hate movements are a problem—even as he stokes them through rhetoric and in policy.
Thankfully, that’s not universally the case in Congress.
A new bill—the NO BAN Act—soon to be introduced by Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Judy Chu, would not just repeal Trump’s Muslim, asylum, and refugees bans—it would limit the ability for this administration or any post-Trump administration to do something like it ever again.
We need to make sure it has maximum momentum before it’s even introduced in Congress—and send a strong message that our communities and allies will stand together and fight back in the face of hatred and bigotry.
It’s true—there's already been legislation attempting to end Trump’s Muslim Ban.
But the NO BAN Act is not just another minor variation.
It’s fundamentally different, and possibly a game changer if we can get it rolling strong out the gate. Here’s why:
This is the first major piece of legislation that doesn’t just take aim at the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, but at preventing any future president from walking in Trump’s footsteps.
In the wake of white nationalist violence threatening our communities every day, we demand real, concrete action.
In a society already plagued by white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Blackness, political leaders like Donald Trump have created the necessary political and cultural environment for the horrific, deadly violence we’ve seen in recent months and years.
We can see this clearly in the fact that nearly all of Trump's signature policies are specifically aimed at keeping Black and brown people out of the U.S.
Whether it’s the Muslim Ban, the racist border wall, detention camps, or ICE raids, this agenda is straight out of the white nationalist playbook—in fact, many of these policies were directly or indirectly influenced by anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate groups.1,2
Trump’s Muslim Ban was already a moral crisis.
Now, #AfterChristchurch, we can’t afford to do anything less than prevent any future President from stoking this kind of hate ever again.
1. "Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigrants is based on a very shoddy poll," The Washington Post, Dec 7, 2015
2. "Tracking the Evolution of the Right’s Anti-Immigrant Movement," People for the American Way, Feb 1, 2019