Fundamentals of Organizing This two-part training is held quarterly and has an emphasis on building relationships grounded in mutual self-interest that balances an expansive sense of how a multiracial democracy should operate and a long-term vision for the world with the realities of building power in the world as it is today.

President Trump’s executive order Friday, calling for “extreme vetting,” suspends refugee admissions to the U.S., and shuts the door on Syrian refugees and other vulnerable families when they are most in need.

Mehrdad Azemun is the campaigns director for People’s Action. His family immigrated from Iran to the United States in the late 1970s. He gave this statement today:

“Had President Trump’s ban on Muslims been in place years ago, my family would have never been able to immigrate to the United States from our home country of Iran. We would have never been able to stay here to contribute to the fabric and community of this country.

“The United States has been a symbolic and real beacon for families affected by war and poverty – that’s what the Statue of Liberty represents. That is part of the essential story of our country. Newcomers, whether they are Jewish refugees during World War II, Central Americans fleeing civil wars in the 1980s, or families like mine, have always looked to the U.S. and knew it as a country that lifted its lamp beside the golden door to the vulnerable, as the famous poem goes.

“This week, President Trump has tried to extinguish that lamp with a cruel, demagogic swipe. His actions and the heartless, racist values that underlie them, diminish our standing in the world and make us less safe – not more. But keep in mind that we, as an organized civil society, will fight with our every breath to keep that lamp aflame and make it blaze.”

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People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”