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MAF Abolitionist V. Reforms Tool

The Muslim Abolitionist Futures (MAF) Network is working towards building a world where we all live with dignity, freedom and justice. MAF’s goal is to abolish the “Global War on Terror (GWOT).” GWOT is a system of death and destruction that exists through policies, programs, and laws that target Muslim communities, communities racialized as Muslim, and more broadly Black and Brown communities targeted under the false guise of national security.  

This tool was developed by the Muslim Abolitionist Futures Network’s Abolition and Policy Working Group that is led by Muslims for Just Futures. Muslim Abolitionist Futures is a network of grassroots organizations across the country, and is co-anchored by Muslims for Just Futures, Vigilant Love, HEART Women & Girls, and Queer Crescent. The goal of this tool is to support organizations, collectives, groups, and community members committed to moving with abolitionist values in their policy advocacy efforts. The intention is to support groups and community members discern the type of policies that expand and further entrench the Global War on Terror, and the type of policies that can move us toward its abolition. The hope is to share a framework for policy objectives and oversight demands that move us toward our collaborative vision of abolition to the “Global War on Terror.” View the tool here. 

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment – Shifting From Hate to Health: Benefits of Leading From within Community

Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. Listen to the full session here!

The current social and political context fosters hate speech and acts of hate against Muslims and Jews. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. By investing in organizations led by communities under attack—and through robust, genuine, and reciprocal relationships—grantee partners are shifting the focus from hate to health. In this Quick Take, hear from Jewish and Muslim leaders, and learn successful strategies to creating safer and more welcoming communities and drafting actionable steps for your organization.

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment Sheroes

Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota

Shero /ˈSHērō/ noun: a female trailblazer who is creating change in her community

Our #Sheroes take risks, challenge misconceptions and address injustices. Sheroes are on a mission to build a better world, and the Sisterhood is here to support them and uplift their voices. Read and listen to their stories at revivingsisterhood.org/sheroes

We know that there are so many Sheroes whose stories haven’t been told whose accomplishments have gone unacknowledged. Anyone come to mind? Nominate your Shero to be featured on Reviving Sisterhood! #MuslimSheroesMN

 

 

Justice For Muslims Collective (JMC) Civic Engagement Campaign

Dear Community,

We are less than a week away from one of the most important elections of our lifetime. Today, we are thrilled to launch our JMC election brief called, We Count: Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian (AMEMSA) Voters in Virginia. The brief gives an overview of our civic engagement campaign to call 65,000 AMEMSA voters in Virginia, our findings from a survey we conducted with low-propensity working-class voters in Northern Virginia, community reflections on civic engagement campaigns, and resources. Read the full brief here and share it! 

Overall we found from a survey with 176 voters that:

  • The overwhelming majority of AMEMSA registered voters who took our survey stated a strong yes (86%) to voting in November. A small minority (3%) stated a strong no to voting during this election.

  • Issue Areas and Priorities: The two leading issues our respondents wanted the next President to prioritize were fighting racism and Islamophobia (40%) and expanding access to affordable healthcare (36%).

  • Public Health: The top two public health issues that voters wanted to be addressed were COVID19 (52%) and expanding access to affordable healthcare (39%).

  • Public Safety: The top 3 public safety issues that voters wanted to be addressed were hate crimes against people of color (38%)and police accountability and reform (36%). In addition, 17 percent of voters who took our survey stated government surveillance of mosques and Muslim communities was their number one public safety issue they wanted to be addressed.

2020 Census and COVID-19 Update

In the wake of COVID-19, the Census Bureau has made operational changes to the Census 2020 operations. The deadline for self response online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire has been extended to September 30th. Right now, our priority is clear: complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to self-respond!

TAKE ACTION! Make sure you and your family are counted! #MuslimsCount2020 #CountUsIn #AAPI2020 #WeCount #OurTimetoCount

Visit EMGAGE’s page on the 2020 Census for more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Census: https://emgageusa.org/census-2020/. EMGAGE has also produced a PDF with information on the 2020 Census and the Muslim community in the U.S.

Check out the PDF here

Reviving Sisterhood Anti-Blackness Resources

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Oluwatoyin Salau, Riah Milton, Dominique Fells, and so many others, we have been reminded of the anti-Blackness that exists in our community. As an organization of Muslim women committed to building sisterhood and advancing social equity, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment is opening space for our community to learn and grow as anti-racist activists, advocates, and allies.

We know that our sisters are drawn together by the simple fact that we are Muslim women, but these two identities do not capture the fullness of who we are as Black, Brown, working class, immigrants, refugees, first-generation college students, mothers, survivors of gender-based violence, Deaf, Deaf+, Sunni, Shia, Hanafi, and more. Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment seeks to bring us together in sisterhood so that we may see one another with all of the identities that we hold, whether those identities present us with increased opportunities for access or increased barriers.

Visit their Anti-Blackness Resources page here

 

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Reviving Sisterhood Anti-Racism Workshops

By following the Prophetic model, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment is rooted in the Sunnah and reminded of the diversity of identities and how they show up. These workshops provide language, examples, tools, techniques and most importantly sisterhood in order to change a system. If your organization or group would like to receive training, contact the organization for more information related to pricing, timing and details about each workshop.

Read more about their Anti-Racism workshops here

Anti-Racism workshop topics include: intersectionality, confronting white supremacy, unveiling unconscious bias, Muslims & the myth of the racial superiority, ally as a verb, and Islamophobia & antisemitism.