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Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.
Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.
We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.
AsSalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu (May the peace and blessings of Allah be with all of you) My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our prayers and condolences are with the victims and families and friends of this unspeakable act. My condemnation of this horrible act I squarely put on those misguided and twisted individuals and organizations who have shown that they have no respect for the sacredness of all life, and who use the sacredness of Islam as an iron fist to implement their twisted and corrupted interpretation of Islam and their political agendas. The true justice of Allah will fall on your heads for this unforgettable and inexcusable act on innocent human beings.
I ask our American community that just finished celebrating the life of a true Muslim and man of peace, justice, and tolerance to see the difference between a true Muslim (Muhammad Ali) and the majority of the Muslim community throughout the world; and these lost corrupted terrorists and criminals who are not faithful to the teachings of Islam in word or action.
In times like these it is more important for us to come together as an American community – a World community of all faiths in peace and understanding, remembering and sharing our brotherhood and sisterhood so that we can progress forward into the future as faithful citizens of this world we share.
Our hearts are broken by this foul act. The Muslim community must remain vigilant for those from within and without who wish to steal the minds, hearts, and souls of our youth and fellow citizens from the corruption of terrorist and criminal groups like ISIS and al Qaeda.
We pray for the victims and families of this unspeakable criminal act and ask Allah to soothe the broken hearts of those family and friends that must endure the taking of their loved ones.
Abdur'Rauf Campos-Marquetti is a member of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, and previously served as imam of the TaHa Mosque in Santa Fe, NM. He is co-founder (with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb) of the Muslim-Jewish Peace Walk, and a past National Council member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
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We focus on building movements and peace networks by acting as a resource hub for activists, organizers and communities. Through our network of chapters and affiliates we connect movements at the grassroots level.
We provide workshops, educational resources, strategic consulting, and speaking engagements for diverse audiences. We run young adult leadership development programs and nonviolent direct action trainings for front line movements.
We're part of a global Fellowship growing a vibrant, creative, international and intergenerational peace and justice movement. More than 70,000 consituents in the US participate in our base-building work. Join us!
For over 100 years FOR members have led the strategic application of nonviolence to political and social change movements worldwide. We honor and count among our number Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muriel Lester, Sulak Sivaraksa, James Lawson, Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Andre and Magda Trocme and many more.
FOR recognizes individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation. We honor unsung grassroots activists with the Local Hero Award, US justice leaders with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and international peacemakers with the Pfeffer Peace Award.
Since 1918 FOR has produced publications and a national journal to shape and reflect learning on the power of nonviolent social change. Since 1934 that award-winning journal has appeared under the title Fellowship, now issued twice yearly in summer and winter. FOR's national newsletter, Witness, is produced in spring and fall and provides highlights of campaigns and projects led by grassroots FOR chapters and affiliates.