Our goals are straightforward:
*Design with purpose
*Create concrete solutions that can be used RIGHT. NOW.
*Foster a technical support community for the community.
We are raising money to support the following elements of this hackathon and the projects that emerge from it, including covering costs such as materials and catering for +150 participants, and creating a pool of money to support further development of concepts generated on the day on behalf of our nonprofit partners.
Hackathon partners include:
The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project is housed at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. CLEAR primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.
IRAP’s goal is to ensure that available services and legal protections go to those who are most in need. Utilizing their grassroots networks amongst particularly difficult-to-access populations, they work to identify and empower many of the world’s most at-risk refugees, including LGBTI individuals, religious minorities subject to targeted violence, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, children with medical emergencies for which local treatment is not available, and interpreters being hunted down by the Islamic State, militias, and the Taliban in retaliation for their work with the United States and NATO.
MPower Change is a grassroots organizing movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.
DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.
THE CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Hack the Ban was an amazing success in its first iteration. Hats off to organizers Leslie Martinez, Sriya Sarkar and Helen Carey for putting on an amazing day.
Over 100 hackers joined us to work on projects for 10 immigrant rights groups, creating new legal aid materials, websites, and even apps to help alert lawyers to detentions. Here is some media coverage of the event and the projects you helped to support:
The organizers are considering how to do this event again, and how to spread it to other cities as well. Please be in touch with me if you would like to be involved in future.
Thank you so much for your support. I will send another update again; there may be a public demo of one of the applications that you will want to hear about.
Hey this looks like a cool initiative! I know that time is running short, but would be great to give folks some idea of the types of problems that you would like to address.. The more prep you can do beforehand in scoping out some problems that need to be solved, of projects that can be started, the more successful something like this will be (and more you will pique people's interest). Anyways, good luck!!!
Liberals often ask me how I can defend Trump. I can’t; just like they can’t defend Bill Clinton, who took liberties with an impressionable young woman in the oval office. Bill Clinton denied it and lied under oath; an impeachable offense. Ted Kennedy left a young girl to drown in his car after he got drunk and crashed. Ted Kennedy was a Known alcoholic. According to Kennedy's own testimony, he accidentally drove his car off a one-lane bridge and into a tidal channel before swimming free, leaving the scene, and not reporting the accident to authorities for ten hours. Meanwhile, Kopechne had died in the car through drowning or suffocation. The next day, Kopechne's body and the car were both recovered by divers. Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of a crash after causing injury and later received a two-month suspended jail sentence. The question is not how do we defend these people, because we can’t. The question is, why do we support them. Bill Clinton was a known womanizer, yet supported by feminist. He was elected and reelected by liberals. Ted Kennedy was reelected by Liberals till the day he died or close. I can’t defend President Trump’s behavior but I support and voted for him because he addressed the real problems facing the world and this country. He is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. Apparently, Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy were doing what the Liberals wanted. Liberals say Trump is not Presidential and it makes America look bad. Look bad? Have you seen how other counties conduct themselves in the process of governing? Have you ever seen British Parliament in action? I will remind you that Churchill was known for personal attacks and stood virtually alone in Parliament. Who was it that said that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck it is a duck? After a brutal speech by Churchill in 1933 where he personally attacked members of parliament he was rebuked as a warmonger. High-ranking Member of Parliament Martin Gilbert said quote as for Germany she does not wish to double her Army but to change the system which was imposed on her at Versailles replacing a small long Service Army by a larger but short service militia. Hello, it’s a duck. At least Hitler lied and was deceptive; Islam tells us every day they are a duck. Death to America, Death to America! Ala Akbar! Blah Blah Blah. Liberals fear Trump will lead us into war. Wait and see they say, as if there were no imaginable justifications for preemptive war. I hope and pray for peace every day but as Winston Churchill Said, “When the situation was manageable it was neglected and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have affected a cure.” –WWII Winston Churchill In other words, Pacifism doesn’t prevent war it only makes it more costly. Iran is the head of the terrorist snake, and the whole world knows it. While both Democrat and Republican Administrations, in the past, bombed Iranian nuclear research infrastructure and uranium enriching plants President Barack Hussein Obama (DUCK) is giving it to them. Much like Obama's acknowledgement of Iran's declaration of peaceful intentions for nuclear technology Churchill acknowledged Hitler's declaration that he had no intention of waging a war of aggression. But unlike Obama Churchill was convinced that Hitler or his followers would seize the first available opportunity to resort to Armed Forces. A wise man said, “Although one should always bear in mind Winston Churchill's very temperamental personality when considering his remarks they none the less deserve particular attention. I suggest we do the same with Trump. Unlike Hitler, Islam has no chance of controlling the world with military force. I’m very certain that if certain Islamic countries get the atomic bomb, they will use it or pass it on to countries that will. It’s kind of like playing chess with the guy who kicks over the chess board because he can’t win. Winston Churchill was also a historian, writer and artist. As an officer of the British Army in 1897 and 1898 he had many eye opening encounters with Muslims. He wrote how dreadful are the curses which Mohammadanism (Islam) lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical Frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. While these words were written when he was only 25 years old in 1899 they serve as prophetic warnings to Western civilization today. Churchill witnessed the same phenomenon in several places he visited. Quote, the effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of Agriculture, sluggish methods of Commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. Remember this is 1899 and he is 25 years old. Churchill continues quote, a degraded sensualism deprives this life of its Grace and refine