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HBO: Cancel your Islamophobic series on Somali Americans #TakeOnHateWithAction

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TAKE ON HATE stands firmly against the proposed HBO series entitled “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” that is being piloted by Somali Canadian rapper K’naan and film producer Kathryn Bigelow. In solidarity with the Somali American community in Minnesota, TAKE ON HATE is staunchly opposed to this series and calls for it to be pulled from production to halt further stereotyping of Somali Americans, Muslim Americans and Muslim immigrants.

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Make us count. Sign our letter to support a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) category.

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Make us count. Sign our letter to support a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region category

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We are continuing to push for the inclusion of a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region category in the recording of federal data. Do your part by signing and sending our letter (see below).

This category would be especially helpful in the U.S. Census, which currently does not count Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent. The Federal Register has already received thousands of comments in favor of adding the classification. In 2015, over 4,000 letters were sent through the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), in support of testing the MENA classification for possible inclusion in the 2020 U.S. Census to finally give Arab Americans and other groups their own category. 

NO COMMUNITY SHOULD BE INVISIBLE. 

Now, we are asking you again to support our efforts to provide the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with written comments and recommendations on including the MENA category in its standards for maintaining, collecting and presenting federal data on ethnicity. These comments must be submitted by Oct. 29, 2016. 

Your opinion matters. Currently, Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent are not counted in federal data, and must choose to define themselves as Black or African American, White, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaska Native. With a MENA category, our communities will be able to identify along new ethnic terms and, in addition, specify which subgroup or nationality they belong to. We believe this step is essential in improving the data collected on and the standing of our communities. Benefits of having a MENA category include:

  • Enforcing the Voting Rights Act and drawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries
  • Establishing federal affirmative action plans and evaluating claims of employment discrimination
  • Monitoring discrimination in housing, mortgage lending and credit
  • Helping minority owned small businesses get federal grants and loans
  • Allow the government and independent scholars to understand trends of health, employment and education
  • Better tracking of hate crimes and other civil rights violations

 


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The world has seen the first Refugee Olympic Team compete in the 2016 Olympics. But is it enough?

By Amal Rass
TAKE ON HATE Intern

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During my summer breaks growing up, I remember huddling around a small television set with my cousins at our grandparents’ home in Syria to watch the Summer Olympics. I cheered for both Team USA and the Syrian Olympic Team, feeling pride for both of my countries. This summer, I had a new team to root for: the Refugee Olympic Team. 

The Refugee Olympic Team consisted of 10 athletes: 10 refugees from four different countries. This was the first time in the 120-year history of the Olympics that refugees were not excluded from the games. One of the athletes that I couldn’t help notice was Yusra Mardini. Yusra, the only Syrian on the Refugee Olympic Team, is an 18-year-old Syrian swimmer currently living in Germany. Her swimming talent made headlines even before her debut at the Olympics. During Yusra’s escape from Syria, she swam for hours to save the sinking lifeboat that was supposed to carry her and the other refugees to safety. My fellow Americans and I were inspired by her incredible stamina and strength. How fitting that the next chapter to her story, and the next time we would hear of her, was at the culmination of her journey, as she emerged an Olympic swimmer.

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Sample Resolution to Support the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE

Sample Resolution to Support the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE

Interested in having your city pass a resolution to support the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE? See our sample resolution below.

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The City of ­­­­_____ passes this resolution to support the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE.

Whereas, the City of _____ supports and protects all its residents no matter their ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, or gender; and

Whereas, we support the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE and commit to calling out hate and discrimination when we see it and help promote our core American value that no one should be targeted because of their identity; and

Whereas, public attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims are getting worse; and

Whereas, in 2010, 43% had positive attitudes towards Arab Americans, but in 2014 it declined to 32%; and

Whereas, there has been a 1600% increase since 9/11 of hate crimes toward Arab and Muslim Americans; and

Whereas, violence and hate crimes towards the Muslim and Arab community have increased, creating fearful and unstable communities; and

Whereas, TAKE ON HATE calls upon all Americans to address the current acceptability of prejudice toward Arab and Muslim Americans, to stand up against violence, and to TAKE ON HATE; and

Whereas, as public servants we have an even greater responsibility to speak out against discrimination, xenophobia and hatred because when the unacceptable becomes the norm in our society, human rights for all are threatened; and

Whereas, the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE inspires a positive perception of Arab and Muslim Americans (including Arab and Muslim refugees) and engages our non-Muslim and non-Arab neighbors to help build a greater capacity for understanding communities across the United States; and

Whereas, the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is a national grassroots movement that promotes positive images of Arab and Muslim Americans. Standing on the side lines while fellow Americans get attacked and vilified is simply wrong and goes against everything our country stands for; and therefore be it

Resolved that the City of _____ publically endorses the mission of the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE and agrees to protect all of its citizens and families no matter their religion or ethnicity; and therefore be it

Resolved that we are proud to stand with all Americans, regardless of their ethnicity or religion, and stand against those who preach hate and incite violence.