On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Open Communities hosted an event with Congress woman Jan Schakowsky, including several leaders from faith and civic organizations, St. Nicholas' Church in Evanston to condemned President Trump's executive order to ban Muslim and Syrian refugees and visitors from seven Muslim countries among other restrictions on travelLast Month US President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things: suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days; indefinitely suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria and other countries.Over 400 community members gathered in event. The Program was named State of Our Communities. The program started with several Islamic poems presented by MCC Academy children. Welcome and opening prayer was conduct by Father Joseph Tito from St. Nicholas' Church. The program was emceed by David Luna, Executive Director of Open Communities. In the opening remarks Mr. Luna Said "We need to work together to make our voices stronger and commit personally to promoting justice in our communities."The event was invited community members to discuss and report back on three topics: their core values (This I Believe); what they stand against (This I Resist); and what actions they can take (This I Will Do)The speakers of the event were Jes Scheinpflug from Open Communities, Sergio Hernandez from Latino Engagement & Action Council, Maaria Mozaffar from CAIR-Chicago, David Borris from Chicago Area Peace Action, Eileen Heineman from YWCA Evanston, Michael Nabors from Second Baptist Church, Lesley Williams from Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago. The keynote speaker was Congress woman Jan Schakowsky. During the speech Schakowsky said "Banning Muslim and Syrian refugees painful to me. Last Friday I welcome a Syrian refugee family on Airport. I can't express myself with words I was so happy the ban is lifted by court. If the Trump wants to kick out our immigrant brothers and sisters," Schakowsky also said Trump is not only threaten our community flatten our country because it is dangerous when the united states of America started targeting people allow the world then there's a way that they that the our true identities can recruit to their size saying that the United States of America is anti-Muslim that the United States of America once with exclude people like loss coming into our country and so it is people of goodwill and share our view of what I'm not only our communities should look like but what our world look like need to stand up names of these bold and have courage and community are among us to make sure that we are presenting our view out what a real United States of America and to look likeIn addition to Open Communities, the event is co-sponsored by: Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Latino Resources, Muslim Education Center, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, St. Nicholas Church, YWCA Evanston/North Shore.Final reflection was conduct by Lesley Williams from Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
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