The Diag, Ann Arbor, MI
The Diag is behind the Hatcher Graduate Library on South University Street in Ann Arbor. It is also accessible from North University Street.
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Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11am-1pm
@The Diag, Ann Arbor, MI
One of hundreds of Rallies being held across the USA to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at our borders.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from noon-1pm
@The Diag, Ann Arbor, MI
In solidarity with Academics United rallies, we are going to gather on Michigan diag to show our support for citizens of the seven banned countries and refugees affected by the latest Executive Order. (1) What has happened? On Friday Jan. 27th 2017, president Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) that bans the nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States with any type of immigrant or non-immigrant visa. This action is also banning refugees and US permanent residents (green card holders). According to the estimations, around 134 million people are affected by this action . Although the EO is temporary and the visa ban is in place for 90 days, based on a CNN interview with a White House official, we are in a state of uncertainty as this might be the initial step to establish a broader ban. (2) Who are we? We are a diverse group of academics attending universities all across the United States. We all have dreams of not only receiving the best education, but also serving the nation that has granted us this valuable opportunity. We have similar views, plans, and ambitions as our neighboring colleagues and we too are looking for a better future in this country that has welcomed us with open arms. (3) How are we affected by the recent action? According to the EO, we are banned from entering the US for at least 90 days. If authorities decide to extend the 3 month period, we will not be able to visit our families back home. Many of us are seeing all of our hard work and achievements being reduced to none. We are facing a very heartbreaking dilemma in the midst of this difficult time and are looking to you, our friends and colleagues to stand united. (4) Who else is looking for a solution to this action? ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is challenging the constitutionality of this EO in federal court, and has earned a temporary stay of this action. This development, although very encouraging, is temporary which means more consequential legal battles lie ahead. NIAC (National Iranian American Council) is actively looking for solutions to this action. (5) What is the mission of “Academics United - No Visa and Immigration Ban” rallies? To shine a light on the impact of this action on thousands of honest and ambitious students. The visa ban is displeasing and politics should never be imposes on the academic community. (6) When and where is the rally? Thursday, Feb 9th 2017 at 12:00 pm. We appreciate your university’s participation. If any university is planning to join the list, please send a Facebook message to the admins. The following is an up-to-date list of the universities that have already agreed to participate. See this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/575861562605617/ (7) Do we have a color for the rally? Yes, white. Please have a white hat or a white coat on you on the day of the rally. Our hopes and dreams are in your hands and we all look to a peaceful future.  http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/politics/donald-trump-refugees-executive-order/