Rev Dr Jude


Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry
September 4, 2010, 2:20 pm
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c/o Solidarity Center 55 W 17th St #5C NYC 212-633-6646 iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

We say NO to Racism and anti-Islamic Bigotry
Stand for Unity and Solidarity on Saturday, September 11
DONATE to the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate
ENDORSE the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarityendorse
Download flyers, Volunteer and Get Involved at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity
Momentum builds for Sept. 11 march against racism and anti-Muslim bigotry!
Saturday Sept. 11 in NYC-

1:00 p.m. Assemble and rally at east side of City Hall, then March

Rally at Park Pl. and Church St . (Manhattan)

Dear Friends,

Wednesday night’s organizing meeting in New York City for the Saturday, September 11 march against the ugly racism & Islamophobia leveled by the right wing Tea Party against a Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero was truly amazing and inspiring.The plans for a racist rally on September 11 against an Islamic Community Center have galvanized a united anti-racist response. About 100 organizers and activists from dozens of groups attended the meeting to plan a massive show of unity and solidarity. Here are some highlights:

The first report described a noon press conference held by the Islamic Leadership Council of New York, at City Hall that day. The Council, representing 50+ mosques and community centers around the city, emphasized that the attack on Park51 is not unique – the wave of anti-Muslim hatred is truly national, with political and physicalattacks on Muslims in many places. The Islamic Leadership Council is a strong supporter of the September 11 rally, along with several other Muslim organizations, including American Muslims for Palestine and Islamic Circle of North America, together with many other religious, peace and community groups.

What’s planned for September 11 in New York City is a massive, diversified, strong and respectful march and rally, with appropriate signs, banners and chants against racism and in defense of people’s rights. Participants will gather at 1pm on the east side of City Hall at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, September 11, and march downtown to Park Place and Church Street.

This plan received an overwhelming vote of approval following lively debate. People were reminded that our decision to make a stand followed the announced plans by the Tea Party and others to use 9/11 to spread anti-Muslim hatred and racism. These forces are determined to make hatred and bigotry the key legacy of the 9/11 tragedy.

There was both enthusiasm and a sense of urgency: when the chair announced that more than 50,000 pieces of literature – flyers, stickers, and beautiful full-color palm cards are now available – thanks to someone paying for them by credit card. The response was a flood of financial contributions and pledges: several thousand dollars were immediately raised in pledges and cash from peace groups, Islamic groups, Jewish groups and individuals, and community groups. Baskets were passed around. Before it was finished the printing costs were covered.

Almost all the literature was taken by activists at the meeting. More is being printed. Come to the Solidarity Center to get your supply of palm cards, stickers and flyers. Or download them from http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity/. (There’s no copyright!)

Much more financial support is needed, of course. All our publicity so far is the grassroots type: thousands of palm cards, posters, flyers and stickers are going out in the next few days to schools, colleges, mosques, churches and synagogues. Organizers and activists will meet commuters on trains and buses across the city. Email, blogs, Facebook and Twitter will come alive with the call to unite in opposition to the wave of racism and bigotry, and push it back with solidarity.

Dozens of hands went up in commitment to take responsibility for specific campuses or schools. Schools are open only today, tomorrow this week, and just Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (only Wednesday for public high schools). So we’re giving them top priority.

A labor committee met to get more unions involved, using the excellent statement from NYC Labor Against the War.

A logistics committee met to take up concrete plans for stage, sound system, displays to be painted, renting port-a-johns, a large number of volunteers on the day of the rally, etc. There was even talk of raising enough support to place an ad in the NY Times. It would be good: people everywhere would see that we’re making a stand in New York City against racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. Whether we have enough for such an ad can only be determined in coming days. You are encouraged to give what you can. DONATE button on the website: http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate.

One thing is clear: we have a united and strong mobilization that is proving itself capable to turn the racist tide in a firm, dignified and respectful show of unity.

Please consider this report a way of including you in this historic peoples’ mobilization. This is an appeal to give all the support you can possibly muster: now’s the time! We hope you will also spread the appeal to anyone you know who would want to join this effort.

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

Say NO to Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry on Saturday, September 11.

DONATE to the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate
ENDORSE the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarityendorse
Download flyers, Volunteer and Get Involved at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

Partial list of endorsers:

Al-Awda NY Palestine Right To Return Coalition
American Muslims For Palestine
Arab Muslim American Federation-AMAF
Bail Out The People Movement
BAYAN USA-Philippine American Alliance
Bethlehem Neighbor for Peace, Albany, NY
Black Workers For Justice
Bronx Greens
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Casa Esperanza, Plainfield, NJ
Catholic Scholars For Worker Justice, White Plains, NY
Creative Nonviolent Resistance Against Injustice, Wyckoff, NJ
Dec. 12 Movement
Defenders For Freedom, Justice & Equality, VA
Democratic Labor Party, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Drum-Desis Rising Up & Moving
Families United For Justice In America-FUJA
Fight Imperialism Stand Together-FIST
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gabriela Network USA
Green Party Power to the People, New York, NY
Guyanese American Workers United
In the Name of Humanity
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Islamic Leadership Council of New York
Jersey City Peace Movement
Labor for Palestine
Los Angeles Latino Muslims Association
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Masjid As-Salam, Albany, NY
May 1 Workers And Immigrant Rights Coalition
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Million Worker March Movement
Millions For Mumia
MN Anti War Committee
Moratorium Now Coalition To Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
Muslim Solidarity Committee
Muslim Voters Of America, Evanston, IL
New York City Labor Against the War
National Assembly
Nodutdol For Korean Community Development
North East Peace And Justice Action Coalition
NYC Coalition to Stop Islamaphobia
NYC Jericho Movement
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Pan Africa News Wire
Peoples Organization For Progress
Project Salam , Albany, NY
Queers For Economic Justice
Radical Women, Harlem, NY
Senegalese Workers Association
Socialist Action
South Bronx Community Congress
Stonewall Warriors
Take Back WBAI Coalition
The Peace Thru Justice Foundation
U.S. Palestinian Community Network, NY
Women In Black, Westchester, NY
Women’s Fightback Network
Workers World Party
World Can’t Wait

Individuals:
Cynthia McKinney
Edward Childs, Chief Steward, Unite-Here Local 26*, Somerville, MA
Colia Clark, Candidate US Senate- New York, Green Party Power to the People
Ramsey Clark
Dr. Joseph J. Fahey, Chair, Catholic Scholars For Worker Justice, White Plains, NY
Steve Gillis, Vice President, USW Local 8751*, Boston, MA
Basem Khader, Peace and Justice activist, Chappaqua, NY
Imam Ashrafuz Zaman Khan, President, North American Imams Federation – NAIF*
Rahman Khan, Chairman , Muslim Voters of America, Evanston, IL
Michael Kuzma, Democratic candidate, NYS Senate, 58th District, Buffalo, NY
Angaza Laughinghouse, President, UE Local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union*
Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSCP, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, CCA*
Dom Tuminaro, Professor, PSC-CUNY-AFT, AFL-CIO*, New York, NY
Fatema Zohny, Educator/Social Activist, Cornerstone Academy For Social Action*, New York, NY
*=For purposes of identification only

DONATE to the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate
ENDORSE the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarityendorse
Download flyers, Volunteer and Get Involved at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry
c/o Solidarity Center 55 W 17th St #5C NYC 212-633-6646 iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

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I’ m currently blogging for a (poor) living for someone else… but I like it. You’ ve inspired me to keep doing it, and look to doing it for myself soon

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Good! I like to be inspiring! Thanks!

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