Grimes & Sia match donations to CAIR & ACLU in wake of Trump’s Muslim ban
As you may know, Donald Trump gave an executive order this past weekend which bans immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the US for 90 days. Many have pointed out that the ban specifically targets Muslims, though Trump argues, “This is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.”
Many protests have broken out all around the country, including here in NYC. There was a protest on Saturday at JFK Airport and on Sunday in Battery Park. A few musicians have also been protesting the ban by donating to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).
Grimes tweeted on Saturday that she would match any donations to CAIR up to $10,000. The goal was quickly met and Grimes stayed true to her word:
thank you so much to everybody who donated, y'all just matched 10k in donations to CAIR … it means a lot <3 pic.twitter.com/T6lfhBJVUu
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) January 29, 2017
Sia did something similar, saying she would match up to $100K in donations to ACLU to “help our queer & immigrant friends.”
UPDATE: Sia fans helped raise over $300K and Sia sent her donation of $100K:
— sia (@Sia) January 30, 2017
Here are some more pictures from Sunday’s protest in Battery Park (like the one above), and from Saturday’s protest at JFK:
Arrived in NY to the mayhem and protests. Cops. Riot gear. Crowds. Shouting. "No wall. No ban". There are 11 people in a room we walked past that are being detained since the signing of the executive order. All the noise. All the chaos. I worry most about the tone and health of individuals. The feeling of being powerless, the urge to yell at people on the internet. The compulsion to cut people out of our lives over things we can't control. I pray for our hearts to find peace in the storms. I pray we stick close to those we love and not be divided. I pray our anger and mistrust turns to action and we support groups who will need us now more than ever @therefugeinitiative @unrefugees @helpintl. Here's to peace, passion and change.