Thank you for signing up to be on our Muslim Solidarity Rapid Response Team. The U.S.’s rising Islamophobia is horrific, and we must do everything we can help keep our Muslim sisters and brothers safe. Here are some ideas of things you can do right now to stand up to Islamophobia in your community…
- Join a Google Hangout webinar tonight hosted by Maha Hilal of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms: Collective Responsibility and the Perils of Islamophobia (click here for more information and a full list of speakers). This google hangout will cover the ways anti-Muslim violence, state violence, and Islamophobia intersect. The google hangout will include voices of Muslim women organizers and activists. Click here for the link to the webinar link.
- Share this article, Don’t Be a Passive Bystander to Islamophobia, re-posted on our Pink Tank by Sofia Ali-Khan, an American Muslim who has outlined some tangible action steps that friends of the Muslim community can take.
- Host a Pop Up for Peace event in your community. The holidays—or early in the new year—are a perfect time to bring people together for intentional mealtime and conversation about this important issue.
- Encourage your friends to join our Muslim Solidarity Rapid Response Team by signing up here.
We also received lots of ideas from those of you who signed up for the Muslim Solidarity Rapid Response team. Here are some of the ideas that were submitted to us:
- Organize local peace walks or marches to protest Islamophobia and/or promote love and unity.
- Gather in public places to have conversations about the discrimination Muslims are facing and to show solidarity.
- Reach out to any other political organizations to create local coalitions, maybe even bipartisan or transpartisan.
- Place a sign in the window of your home or workplace that reads “Hate Has No Business Here #MuslimsWelcome”, “#RefugeesWelcome” or "Bigotry-free zone", or “Hate Free Zone”, for example.
- Reach out to your local mosque with a message of support and ask them how you can work together to plan a community or cultural event to promote understanding.
- Call your elected officials and urge them to stand up to Islamophobia!
Now is the time to take action. Please let us know what you are doing by using the hashtag #StandWithIslam on Twitter!
The CODEPINK Team