Friday, August 27, 2010

NO to Racism and anti-Islamic Bigotry

International Action Center -

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We say NO to Racism and anti-Islamic Bigotry
Stand for Unity and Solidarity on Saturday, September 11

On September 11 the Tea Party and its racist and right wing allies plan to again demonstrate at the World Trade Center site. For months these bigots have attempted to whip up hysteria against a proposed Islamic masjid (mosque) and community center several blocks from the WTC.

On September 11 right wing, Christian fundamentalist plan a “Burn the Quran” day at a Florida Masjid. These same forces targeting masjids around the country are waging a national hate campaign against all people of color and immigrants.

We need to stand up to these racist forces. Together our voices are strong
In New York City the ugly demonstration of racism and bigotry against Muslims on September 11 at the World Trade Center must be countered with mass show of solidarity and unity

We call on all working people, youth, students, immigrants, trade unionist, community and human rights activists – ALL those opposed to racism and bigotry - to stand on that day in defense of our Muslim sisters and brothers.

Like Hitler before them, the anti-Muslim bigots are seeking to whip up hatred against a religious minority in the midst of an economic crisis. They want to divert popular anger away from the banks and corporations who rob millions of their jobs and homes.

The racist anti-Muslim campaigns are also pro-war mobilizations. It is used to justify war against Palestinians. The overwhelmingly people in the U.S. today are against continuing the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or a new war in Iran.

These ugly, right-wing campaigns are given enormous media coverage. They are an effort to push back and divide with racism and bigotry all those who want to end U.S. wars. The billions of dollars wasted on endless war must be spent here at home.

We need JOBS, health care and schools, not war and racism.

Say NO to Racism on Saturday, September 11.

Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry

Initial Signers (list in formation)
AlAwda NY Palestine Right To Return Coalition
American Muslims for Palestine
Arab Muslim American Federation - AMAF
Bailout the People Movement
BAYAN USA – Philippine American Alliance
Black Workers for Justice
Ramsey Clark
Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, VA
DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving-
Ana Edwards, Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation
Families United for Justice in America-FUJA
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Fight Imperialism Stand Together-FIST
Gabriella Network USA – Women’s Leadership
Steve Gillis, VP, USW Local 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers
Mike Gimbel, Chair, Local 375, AFSCME "Labor/Community Unity Committee"
Kosta Harlan, Students for a Democratic Society
Imani Henry, LGBT Activist, Playwright/Performer
In the Name of Humanity
International Action Center
Jersey City Peace Movement
Imam Ashrafuz Zaman Khan, Pres. North American Imams Federatiopn - NAIF
Angaza Laughinghouse, Pres, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union
May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
Cynthia McKinney
Michigan Emergency Comm, Against War & Injustice
Millions for Mumia
MN Ånti War Committee
Moritorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
Muslim Solidarity Committee
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
North East Peace and Justice Action Coalition
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Pan Africa News Wire
Peoples Organization for Progress
Peoples Video Network
Queers for Economic Justice
Richmond Jobs With Justice
Stonewall Warriors
Senegalese Workers Association
Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, CCA
The Peace Thru Justice Foundation
Phil Wilayto, Author
Women’s Fightback Network


Anonymous said...

seems most Americans are far more comfortable with the idea of purchasing rugs at a reduced cost than providing Muslim Americans a place of community and outreach.Whats clear to me, is that the facts have not been presented clearly and there is failure to acknowledge the long history of practicing Muslims and mosques in the area. For more than 30 years, a mosque has been in operation only 12 blocks from Ground Zero. Masjid al-Farah,is a small mosque that has quietly and peacefully operated without raising any suspicions or objections.The ground zero mosque, Cordoba House, references Cordoba, Spain, where during the 10th and 11th centuries the Muslim Caliphate served as an epicenter of interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence. The Cordoba House was designed after a Jewish community center in Manhattan and modeled much like a YMCA, featuring various amenities, including an arts institute, a culinary school and food court, fitness facilities and swimming pool, daycare center, bookstore and conference rooms. Thus, this “mosque” has become the premier face of Muslim-American outreach to other Americans, provoking backlash and fear of 'islamanization' of the US.The reality is Cordoba House provides a place of community and a house of worship for the many Muslim-Americans already residing in the area.

Ridwan said...

Excellent comment. But the usual is true, most Americans are not ofay with the facts.

Dealing in facts and nuance is un-American.

Over the weekend I read a letter to the editor in an S.A. newspaper where the writer pointed to research that showed most slaves from West Africa who ended up in the US were of Muslim extraction.

The Muslim presence in the US is longer than most of those folks calling for a halt to the mosque even realize.

But it matters little.

As you say, most Americans want an ahistorical performance from Muslims.