Islamophobia is not a new phenomenon, according to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE's Senior Strategist Khaled A. Beydoun. Beydoun, an assistant professor at the Barry University School of Law and an affiliated professor of the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Project, wrote for BBC News Magazine about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments against Muslims in politics and their roots in a long-standing tradition of suspicion toward Muslims.
Sikh father and husband Inderjit Singh Mukker was brutally attacked recently in a Chicago suburb on his way to a grocery store. The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE stood with him in condemning this attack at a press conference and rally in Chicago yesterday.
The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is deeply disappointed by the decision of the City of Sterling Heights Planning Commission to deny the construction of a mosque in the area, and condemns the anti-Muslim hate displayed by protesters during the meeting last night. The vitriol against Muslims spewed by some protesters after the meeting was hateful, of grave concern and deeply un-American.
The recent controversy surrounding a proposed mosque in the City of Sterling Heights, Mich., has further escalated into a situation of anti-Muslim hate and fear. The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is deeply disturbed by reports of ongoing anti-Muslim comments that were first made at a city council meeting on Aug. 18 regarding the planned construction of the mosque and have continued on social media and in the press.
The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE calls on the mayor and city council to responsibly address and recognize the pain caused by these negative and hateful comments to ensure the city's Muslim residents are not isolated and further attacked. We urge the city's elected leadership to join us in a community conversation in Sterling Heights that helps address the bigotry, increase understanding and acknowledge the tremendous amount of pain that refugees endure, no matter their faith, and help this diverse community heal. We worry that if this matter is not addressed appropriately, it could lead to continued increased tension.
Campaign Manager Rashida Tlaib spoke with WXYZ Channel 7 News about the issue.
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Today the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), of which the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is a project, was among 82 civil liberties, human rights, immigrant rights, faith and cultural organizations (see list of signatories below) to send a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to investigate the growing phenomena of so-called “Muslim-free zone” businesses nationwide.Read more
The time to stop police crimes is now. The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE and the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) will rally in downtown Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 29 for a demonstration of Arab solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
No community should be invisible. That is why the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), recently published the second study of its original White Paper Series, titled Make Us Count: Toward a Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) Box on the Census.
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A sports analyst and former American Major League Baseball player has been removed from an ESPN broadcast because of a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.
Curt Schilling tweeted a graphic that read "It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
Please join the Arab American Action Network's (AAAN) youth organizing program at a town hall today (Thursday, Aug. 13) for the official launch of its campaign to end racial profiling, an initiative of the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE.Read more
Three years ago in August, a gunman attacked worshipers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six people and forever changing the community there.
Amardeep Singh, of Open Society Foundations, wrote about the national tragedy in a reflective blog post, "Remembering the Terrorism at Oak Creek," on the role law enforcement should have in preventing these types of atrocities from occurring.Read more