NQAPIA, along with numerous Muslim, South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, Latinx, Black and people of color organizations, has been pressuring Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to END LEGALIZED PROFILING. Currently, every time someone is profiled and then pulled into deportation proceedings - that’s completely legal. Every time someone is profiled and harassed going through TSA - that’s completely legal. We aim to change that.
For over a year, we’ve collected thousands of postcards demanding that Jeh Johnson end this profiling. He’s not listening. So, on 9/11/16, along with KhushDC, NQAPIA organized a protest to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Many of the policies that police our communities - like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, the FBI Terror Watchlist, Countering Violent Extremism, and more - were created or strengthened in the aftermath of 9/11. For 15 years, these policies have terrorized our people.
You can read our reflections in this piece over at RaceFiles, as well as on NQAPIA's blog. Also check out our letter to leaders and policymakers on Islamophobic immigration enforcement. We got great coverage from local and national news media, including the Washington Post, Washington Blade, and NBC News!
A huge THANK YOU to all of our co-sponsors and co-conspirators: GetEQUAL, Muslim American Women's Policy Forum, National Coalition To Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), SAALT- South Asian Americans Leading Together, API Resistance, Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Black Lives Matter DC, ONE DC: Organizing Neighborhood Equity, UndocuBlack Network, AQUA, SALGA NYC, NAKASEC, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), AAPCHO, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Southerners On New Ground, and the Washington Peace Center. We couldn't have done it without you!