Together We Will USA (TWWUSA) and the National Iranian American Council for Action (NIAC Action) have launched a nationwide grassroots effort to push back against Donald Trump’s executive order (EO) banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.
During the week of February 20th, members of TWW-USA and NIAC Action will flood congressional town hall meetings throughout the country to voice our concerns over this unconscionable and discriminatory ban. Trump’s order shamefully targeted an entire religion, demonizes Muslims, creates hostility among Americans, and increases tensions between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
TWW-USA and NIAC Action have prioritized both town hall events in key swing districts and Republican members who are most sensitive to pressure to stand up to Trump’s divisive policies. These lawmakers include:
- Mitch McConnell (Republican Senator, Kentucky) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 11 AM – 1 PM EST
- Chuck Grassley (Republican Senator, Iowa) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM CST and Thursday, February 23 at 10 AM – 12 PM CST and Friday, February 24 at 8 AM – 11 AM CST
- Bill Cassidy (Republican Senator, Louisiana) – Town Hall Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM CST
- Joni Enst (Republican Senator, Iowa) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM CST
House of Representatives
- Martha McSally (Republican, AZ-2) – Town Hall Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM MST
- Darrell Issa (Republican, CA-49) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 6 PM – 8 PM
- Buddy Carter (Republican, GA-01) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 3 PM – 5 PM EST
- Tom Emmer (Republican, MN-6) – Town Hall Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM – 9 PM CST
- Leonard Lance (Republican, NJ-7) – Town Hall Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM – 9 PM EST
- Steve Chabot (Republican, OH-1) – Town Hall Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 AM – 9 AM EST
- Marsha Blackburn (Republican, TN-07) – Town Hall Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM CST
- Scott Taylor (Republican, VA-2) – Town Hall Monday, February 20 at 7 PM – 9 PM EST, and Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST and Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Together, we will urge Members of Congress to sign recently introduced legislation that would reverse and defund the unjust travel ban order:
HR 724 would rescind the EO and prohibit funding to enforce it.
S 240 would rescind the EO and ensure it has no legal effect.
S 248 would withhold funding for the EO and declare it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.
For now, the EO is effectively “on hold” thanks to recent legal action. Nevertheless, the court ruling may be overturned or a revised EO may be released. Therefore, it is imperative that lawmakers take action to remove it from the books.
The Republican administration’s immoral ban has separated loved ones from their families, locked out students from continuing their studies, and instilled fear in communities already in the United States. Outrageously, many have been deported, and others have been detained and subjected to dogmatic questioning.
Together We Will USA and the NIAC Action are proud to join forces to call on Congress to do the right thing and reverse this disgraceful ban.
Why Do Town Halls Matter?
A Town Hall meeting is the place to share your opinions with your elected leaders. You can confront them with the issues you care about, which gives you enormous power to define the agenda and be heard. Use this time to drive the thoughts and concerns of our national political conversation back to the proper frame. Let them know that the shameful hostility directed at Muslims coming from Washington is being mislabeled as a concern for national safety.
What Should You Expect at a Town Hall?
Expect representatives to speak for 15-30 minutes. The topics often focus on current events involving their recent work in Washington, D.C. Audience members are invited to ask questions after the speech. Now is your chance to be heard.
How to Be Heard
Raise your hand immediately after they open the floor for questions. Don’t wait. The longer you wait, the more you will have from other attendants.
How to Prepare
Focus on one question and prepare it ahead of time. Make the question polite, but direct. Avoid rude language, as a respectfully worded question will be taken more seriously. Ask questions that require your representatives to take an action. Examples include: “How will you hold the president accountable about X?” or “What actions will you take to make sure X happens?” Avoid questions that elicit yes or no answers.
Make it a Dialog!
Print and create signs to take to your town hall meeting, and give your elected official a visual understanding of where you stand on the issuse. Make your own, or download here:
Together We Will USA is a grassroots organization seeking to reclaim our democracy, defend and advance our rights, and take action in unified and effective ways both nationally and locally through our affiliates network. Please find us at www.twwusa.org.
NIAC Action is the grassroots, civic action organization committed to advancing peace and championing the priorities of the Iranian-American community. Please find us at www.niacaction.org.