THE ACLU HAS BLOCKED TRUMP’S MUSLIM BAN.

The ACLU took Trump’s administration to court Saturday night and, after an hour of arguments, the judge granted a stay that IMMEDIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROHIBITS CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FROM BARRING OR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT AMERICAN AIRPORTS.

THIS STAY IS TEMPORARY AND ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE CURRENTLY DETAINED OR ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICAN AIRPORTS. IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FUTURE CASES. It will be further deliberated. 

Protect and defend yourselves. Be prepared.

IF YOU ARE A PERMANENT RESIDENT FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN :

NEVER SURRENDER YOUR GREENCARD OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PAPERS.

NEVER SIGN FORM 1-407. It is literally a form used to abandon your permanent legal resident status in the United States.

DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.

GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Regardless if you just arrived or if you have been here a while, REMEMBER

DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES.

NEVER SURRENDER ANY LEGAL OR PAPERWORK THAT PROVE YOUR LEGAL REFUGEE STATUS (I’m unfamiliar with any exact form names, so use discretion and do research).

GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.

IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT AND NATURALIZED CITIZEN FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

You are not in any imminent threat as refugees or legal residents are BUT

RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.

REPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED IT.

ORDER A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP IF YOU WERE NATURALIZED THROUGH YOUR PARENTS.

All these forms take time and money, so please do them ASAP. Certificates of naturalization and citizenship may take up to a year to be received SO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT AS IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP (about a 3 week wait to be received).

Good luck to everyone. He will not divide us. We will resist.

*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer or immigration professional. I am only a university student majoring in political science. My word is not the law. Please seek LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL help.

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Celebrity campaign for Somalia has raised almost $2 million to relieve famine

  • A viral aid campaign led by actor Ben Stiller, Colin Kaepernick and others has raised nearly $2 million for famine-stricken Somalia in just five days.
  • The movement began after French social media celebrity Jérôme Jarre, concerned about a lack of media coverage surrounding the famine Somalia is currently experiencing, put out a call to action to his followers.
  • After figuring out that there is only one airline currently making commercial flights to Somalia — Turkish Airlines — Jarre set a seemingly impossible goal: What if, using the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, his fans could get the company to respond?
  • Soon Stiller and other social media influencers joined in, posting short videos on their respective platforms appealing to the airline to let the initiative use one of their cargo planes to deliver supplies.
  • To their surprise, the airline didn’t just accept — it offered to make multiple trips. Read more (3/21/17 11:40 AM)

Syrian kids deserve a chance to feel the childish joy of running out of their houses at the sound of an ice cream truck and buying ice cream

Pakistani kids deserve the chance to go to an amusement park and feel the rush of the wind in their face as they try the biggest rollercoaster in the park

Afghan kids deserve a day to sleep in and wake up lazily to the warm glow of the sun and the sound of happy voices coming from downstairs

A young Iraqi girl deserves the chance to discover the amazing world of cake decorating and realize that she was born to decorate incredibly stunning cakes

A boy from Uganda deserves to fulfill his dream of becoming a singer because his whole family and all his neighbours always praise his beautiful voice

A little Somali girl deserves to know all the different art mediums that exist so she can explore her God given talents as an artist and mesmerize everyone with her work

A brown man enslaved in Kuwait deserves to wake up early and surprise his wife with breakfast in bed and to hold her in his arms

A little boy in North Korea deserves to feel the nervous excitement as he gets on a plane to fulfill his dream of traveling the world

A Palestinian girl deserves her chance to stun the world with her superior acting skills, a surefire Oscar winner if the world ever knew it

A Kashmiri boy deserves a chance to delve into the world of literature and be the greatest poet we ever knew

A Native girl in Canada deserves to find out she’s an amazing swimmer and fulfill her dream of one day competing in the Olympics

A Sudani boy deserves to feel the excitement of seeing a magic trick for the first time and then putting on his own little magic show for the neighborhood

An Egyptian girl deserves to find out she can make the best blueberry muffins you ever tasted and she opens her own bakery to discover she’s a talented businesswoman as well

A black boy in America deserves the chance to graduate from his dream law school and become the best humanitarian lawyer to practice

A Nigerian boy deserves the chance to wake up at dawn and go on a beach trip with his friends so they can catch the sunrise and stare in awe at the explosion of colours against the sky

A Yemeni girl deserves to feel the exhaustion after spending an entire day doing dares with her friends and she goes to sleep with a smile on her face

If they were born on this planet, they were meant to be here. Everyone deserves a chance at a life. They deserve to know peace.

The daily struggles of the children around the world should include arguing with their parents about not wearing a sweater because it’s not that cold out, not making sure they live to see another day.

Everyone deserves a chance at life.

Do what you can to save humanity. Change starts with you.

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Trump to sign executive orders banning refugees, suspending visas for 7 countries

  • Trump will sign several executive orders involving immigration Wednesday — one of which will temporarily ban refugees and suspend visas to citizens from Syria and six other countries, Reuters reported.
  • One of the measures would block the entry of refugees in the U.S. for several months, with the exception for those fleeing religious persecution.
  • In addition to suspending the issuing of visas to citizens of Syria, other countries on the list include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
  • Although Trump could face legal challenges to these measures, Reuters noted, the orders will be well within his legal rights as president. Read more

The greatest British Olympian of all time, Sir Mo Farah, is banned from the US for 90 days because he has part Somali citizenship

“On 1 January this year, Her Majesty the Queen made me a knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.”
- Sir Mo Farah

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Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslims is technically legal

  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will affect the lives of millions of refugees, immigrants and Muslims in the United States and abroad.
  • The executive order includes a four-month ban on all refugees — with the exception of religious minorities — and a 30-day visa suspension of immigrants and visitors from Muslim-majority countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Somalia.
  • In layman’s terms, Trump can indeed ban or create entry restrictions against any immigrant at any time, so long as he argues they pose a risk to U.S. interests. Read more.

So I have a “Facebook friend” who was celebrating and having a good old day chatting on Facebook about how the Muslim ban was a good idea. Today, she’s upset that her tires got slashed and she was stranded hours from her house because she had a Trump poster in her backseat. Now she’s upset that she’s been left stranded somewhere because of her views. I’m just like, gee isn’t that just terrible to be left stranded in an area because your views don’t mesh with others?

Fractal Architecture throughout the African Continent

El Molo Hut, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Classical architecture consists of mostly Euclidean or flat shapes and straight lines (bricks, boards, pitched roofs etc). Fractal Architecture consists of spherical or curved shapes that can be found in nature. Fractal architecture is essentially the opposite of Classical architecture and is generally defined as contemporary architecture. However this form of design has been tradition in many African tribes and villages for ages. Specifically when looking at the forms of both modern huts and ancient structures.  These structures fuse materials, functional design, and aesthetic in an eco-friendly way. 

If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed many of the newer buildings possess a space-like or otherworldly vibe. This stems from the practice of using traditional techniques to incorporate cones, prisms, and spherical elements into modern design.  Modern architecture does not necessarily reference new structures, in this case it represents an ancient technique that is being rediscovered and reused in a modern context. Please enjoy these images of fractal architecture in various parts of Africa.

Multi-purpose building in Hargeisa, Somalia.

Tataouine, Tunisia - Ancient ruins have such an extraterrestrial element to them the location was used as a set in the original Star Wars film

Modern hut interior in Mapungubwe, South Africa

Great Mosque of Djenné in Djenné, Mali