New York, NY – This Sunday (February 19), Russell Simmons will be hosting an “I Am A Muslim Too” rally in New York City’s Time Square.
The meeting kicks off at noon and will run until 4 p.m. with the aim of protesting the Trump Administration’s ban on immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries.
“Everyone except white privileged males are in immediate danger,” Simmons said in a press release. “African Americans, women, Latinos, Asians and LGBTQ are all at risk, but there is no freedom in that privileged status either because the spirit of the oppressor is oppressed as well. We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special moment for all Americans of good will to band together to promote the kind of compassion and equality for others that we want for ourselves.”
The Def Jam co-founder will be joined by Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center.
Trump’s executive order — Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States — known as the “Muslim Ban,” was put into effect a week after he was inaugurated. This prevented people traveling on passports from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the country as well as green card holders from re-entering.
On February 9, the Federal appeals court ruled 3-0 against the ban.