Over one hundred people joined the Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s (IMAN) #FightFearBuildPower: Refugee Remix Rally on February 25 in Chicago to unite against President Trump’s executive orders to ban Muslims from seven countries and deport undocumented immigrants.
The event, which was held on the corner of Wabash Ave and Upper Wacker Drive, featured voices of people from across Chicagoland who shared their stories about the executive orders’ negative impact on their lives. Community leaders such as Imam Tariq El-Amine, Father Pfleger, and Commissioner Chuy Garcia, among others joined the rally to express solidarity.
The event also celebrated the creative brilliance of artists connected to the seven countries targeted by the President’s “Muslim Ban” by including performances from Sudanese-American hip-hop artist Oddisee, Syrian-American vocalist Bassel and his band The Supernaturals, and Libyan-American rapper Khaled M.
“Witnessing people of all ages, faith traditions and ethnicities brave the cold and make their voices heard was a powerful affirmation of the collective strength of our communities.” said Dallas Wright, Communications & Volunteer Coordinator for IMAN.
Over 25 organizations and groups, including the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), partnered on the event which was also sponsored by Zakat Foundation with support from Catholic Theological Union.
During the rally, the group took a moment to collectively recommit to the #FightFearBuildPower Pledge and continue building relationships and meaningfully being there for each other. CIOGC and IMAN urge you to sign the pledge, you can access it here.
PHOTO: Inner-City Muslim Action Network