A couple days ago, the advertisement (an article by design) shown above appeared in countless college newspapers across America. It was put together by an organization called F.L.A.M.E. or “Facts And Logic About The Middle East”– only they specialize in demonizing Islam and Muslims.
In order to counteract the effects of hate speech and misinformation regarding our communities, I personally believe that Muslims should be proactive when it comes to engaging their neighbors. In addition to being proactive, I also believe it is important to respond simply and swiftly to articles and ads such as the one above.
Note: This is a guest post by Ahlam Said
Dear Family and Friends
I can’t sleep.
In just a couple of hours, congress will make a choice that will affect the lives of 2.1 million young undocumented residents, who till this moment, are stifled by a broken immigration system. I pray that you will join me in challenging our leaders to live up to promise of this nation by calling the senators listed here and asking them to vote yes on the DREAM Act this morning. For those of you unfamiliar, the DREAM Act is a bipartisan proposal, which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of young students who were brought to the United States years ago as children.
I will spare you my tongue-tied explanation by introducing my hero: Alaa Mukahhal. I had the privilege of working alongside Alaa when she interned at IMAN’s communication department. Alaa has agreed to share her story [below] with the rest of the world. Her story teaches us many lessons, the most important being courage and justice. I pray that we can step up during these last critical hours, not only for Immigrant Rights, but HUMAN rights.
After you read her story, I hope you will join me by taking a few mins to call the senators listed here and urge them to pass the DREAM Act. PLEASE DO THIS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING: http://action.dreamactivist.org/movedream/
Via American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC): www.adc.org
In light of the recent attacks on the Arab and Muslim American communities, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges you to call and thank those who have stood up for tolerance and understanding, and against bigotry. The below-listed individuals have recently stood for and reinforced American values by supporting the development of the Park51 Community Center in New York City.
Click here to see the original Action Alert along with links to the statements made by the individuals listed below.