Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sun, March 6th, 2 - 5:30pm, "Today, I Am a Muslim Too" Rally

National Organization for Women - New York State - is supporting the following event.  Micah Bochart, Jenifer Jones and I will be there, representing the Young Feminist Task Force.  Hope you can join us.   



In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, ChairNOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, ChairNational Organization for Women (NOW)

Time: Sunday, March 6th, 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Location:
Times Square, New York, 7th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY
Directions: 
Take 1/2/3/7/A/C/E/N/Q/R/Shuttle trains to Times Square/42nd Street  

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In response to the March 8th congressional hearings dubbed “The Radicalization of Muslim communities in America” led by Congressman Peter King (R-LI), members of diverse faith communities throughout New York City will join in unity and support of American Muslims.

Stand with us on March 6th to show Congress that we are all together, that we share friendship and trust and cannot be divided. Such hearings will send the wrong message, alienating American Muslims instead of partnering with them, and potentially put lives at risk by stirring up fear and hatred.


Celebrites To Come Together for "Today I Am Muslim Too" Rally-
Russell Simmons, Diddy, Susan Sarandon, Common, Kim Kardashian, Swizz Beatz, Jermaine Dupri, Lorraine Bracco, Q-Tip, John Legend, Heather Graham, Juelz Santana, Rachel Roy, Jim Jones, Kelly Bensimon, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Run, Rev. Jesse Jackson. The list is growing everyday!



The rally comes with increased Islamophobia across the country, including a recent anti-Muslim protest against a charity event to raise funds for social programs establishing women's shelters and fighting hunger and homelessness.

In the video (of the protest), protesters are seen waving flag, shouting, "Go back home," and cursing at women and young children trying to pass.

The video shows Deborah Pauly, an Orange County councilwoman, saying, "I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."

It also features U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) saying, "they call it multiculturalism and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgments we need to make."


The video was released on Wednesday, and Glenn Greenwald wrote about it in Salon, saying the video was part of rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in America:
Next week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) will convene a congressional hearing to investigate the loyalty and "radicalization" of American Muslims. Earlier this week in Tennessee, a bill was proposed to make it a felony to follow sharia law -- which would essentially criminalize the practice of Islam in that state. Last year, mosques in Tennessee, Oregon and Georgia were targeted with apparent arson. The case against the Park51 community center -- including from mainstream TV journalists -- was grounded in the warped premise that Muslims generally bore guilt for the 9/11 attacks. All of these sentiments are regularly bolstered by a deranged cult-leader/TV personality followed by millions.


Thanks to all who are supporting the event, the list is growing:

1. Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
2. Interfaith Center of New York
3. Auburn Seminary
4. Central Synagogue
5. Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
6. Queens Federation of Churches
7. Federation for Middle East Peace
8. Park Avenue Synagogue
9. Partnership of Faith
10. Long Island Interfaith Alliance
11. Fellowship of Reconciliation
12. Action International Center
13. Long Island Catholic Diocese
14. Episcopal Diocese of New York
15. Shalom Center
16. St. Bartholomew's Church
17. The Tanenbaum Center
18. Jewish Theological Seminary
19. Interreligious Federation of Queens
20. Midtown Churches
21. World Council of Religious Leaders/Jainism Community
22. Martin Luther Center for Non Violence
23. Buddhist Council of New York
24. Egyptian-American Associations
25. Union Theological Seminary
26. NYC to Stop Islamophobia
27. St. Peter's Churches
28. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
29. Alliance of Civilizations
30. Sikh community, Flushing Queens
31. Clergy Living Wage in NYC
32. Freedom of Religion USA
33. EmblemHealth
34. The Convergence Project
35. Intersections
36. Interfaith New York disaster services
37. Fiscal Policy Institute
38. New York Neighbors Coalition
39. Clergy beyond borders Conference
40. The Shalom Center
41. Same Difference
42. St Paul and St Andrews Church
44. Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
45. Marble Collegiate Church
46. Multi-faith Voices for Peace & Justice
48. Pax Christi Metro New York
50. Interfaith Arts
51. The Sikh Coalition, USA
52. The Sikh Community, Queens – Flushing
53. Saint John the Divine
54. Saint Peter’s Church
55. International Federation of Rabbis
56. Chautauqua Institution
57. National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
58. Interreligious Federation USA
59. Faith House Manhattan
60. East West Association of Sikh Women for World Peace
61. Clergy for Living Wage (Rev. Peter Hetzel)
62. Cathedral of St. John the Divine
63. Mennonite Central Committee UN Office
64. Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence
65. Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice
66. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
67. New York City Labor Against the War
68. The Dialogue Project
69. Local Faith Communities
70. Riverside Drive Church
71. Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives
72. Chhaya CDC (Seema Agnan)
73. Judson Memorial Church
74. New Sanctuary Movement NYC
75. Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
76. Citizen Action of New York
77. Congregation at Ansche Chesed
78. Kolot Chayeinu-Voices of Our Lives
79. September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Contacts:
Imam Shamsi Ali: shamsiali1@aol.com
Alexandra Ben Othman: alexandra.ben.othman@gmail.com
Sadick Abubakr: garba19@engineer.com

Media: Leyla Turkkan: leyla@catalystgroupsite.com
Para español: Katherine Vizcaino: kat.vizcaino@yahoo.com

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