Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Sep 26, 2016

Women Confronting Islamophobia: We Need Your Help

 
The 2016 U.S. election cycle has witnessed some of the most divisive and embittered language in modern political history.
 
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has regularly demonized Muslims and the Islamic faith and proposed to bar Muslim immigrants to the United States. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's foreign policy proposals have critics who argue their neoconservative roots play an equally important role in the rise of Islamophobia.
 
This is not empty rhetoric. While Islamophobic language has been present in recent years, research shows a significant increase since late 2015. Following the December massacre in San Bernardino, California, politicians nationwide called for bans on Syrian and Muslim refugees — and some pundits even demanded that Muslim Americans be targeted by law enforcement, detained, and deported.
 
Women leaders in our communities, including religious leaders and political leaders, have been underrepresented voices in the public debate of how to respond effectively to the rise of Islamophobic language and action.

And that's why the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), in collaboration with the Interfaith Center of New York and Muslims for Progressive Values, hosted a symposium of 12 women leaders on September 21st at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
 
On the UN International Day of Peace, just seven weeks prior to Election Day, these distinguished representatives of faith traditions and political offices discussed how communities can build power to change the moral landscape and inspire policy changes at the grassroots and national levels.
 
 
Psychologically, many Muslim Americans report they are more fearful today than ever; even more than after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
In the political realm, we find specific federal, state, and local examples of Muslims harassed and discriminated against for their religious and cultural practices (including the wearing of hijab), being placed under surveillance, and criminalized as a result of racialized religious profiling. The August shooting death in Queens, New York, of an imam and his assistant have magnified these tensions and put many Muslims on a status of high alert.
 
 
Some of the topics covered at yesterday's event included:
  • Creating networks of accountability and mutual support in a climate of increased surveillance and profiling
  • The intersectionality of religious hatred with racialized violence against black and brown populations as well as gender-based discrimination.
  • Policy options: what legislation (city, state, federal) can effectively combat Islamophobic discourse, policies, and action, while promoting the common good?
  • How can Islamophilic notions be integrated into both popular and formalized education policies and curricula?

We think it's critical these discussions are spread throughout the wider discourse in our country today — but we can't do it without your help.

Donate now and we'll be able to produce and share videos from this event.
 
Peace be with you — a'salaam aleikum,
 
Linda E. Kelly
Director of Communications
Fellowship of Reconciliation
       

Pictured above: Aman Abdelhamid, being interviewed by filmmaker Carolina Kroon

Group photo above, from left to right:

Rabia Terri Harris, Muslim Peace Fellowship

Sahar Alsahlani, CAIR-NY

Rev. Kristin Stoneking, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Joyce Dubensky, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Susan Smith, (moderator) Muslim Peace Fellowship

Imam La Trina Jackson, Muslims for Progressive Values

Iman Boukadoum, Interfaith Center of New York

Aman Abdelhamid, Muslim Student Association at American University

Donna Nevel, Jewish Voice for Peace

Yasmine Taeb, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center of New York

Ani Osman-Zonneveld, Muslims for Progressive Values

Dr. Jerusha Lamptey, Islam, Social Justice, & Interreligious Engagement program, Union Theological Seminary (not pictured)

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