Stand Up for Democracy, Save American from the
A Statement By the Muslim Peace Coalition USA
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 11, 2011
The Muslim Peace
Coalition believes that war, terrorism, and Islamophobia form a dangerous
nexus that is dragging our nation backward. It is not only our economy and
constitution that are under attack because of this set, but our very
spirit and morale, thus diminishing our standing as the world's leading
Here are four
reasons why 100 Imams from New York are calling all Muslims to join 500
other organizations of our neighbors to stand together. Hate is rising in
the country. It's about time that forces of peace and justice speak up:
Standing up for
- Every person
under U.S. jurisdiction or control is entitled to Bill of Rights
protections. However, PATRIOT ACT is undermining our constitution and
our justice system.
Muslims have been interviewed by FBI
- Latinos and
other immigrants are routinely subject to unconstitutional searches
- People are
being asked to defend themselves while they are told their evidence is
secret. How can one defend himself or herself while his evidence is
- The country
cannot be made safer by sacrificing some rights for all or part of its
from War-Economy Disaster:
- The cost to
NY State this year for war will be $15 billion according to the
Government Accountability Project.
- This is while
NY State has around a $10 Billion deficit causing layoff of state
workers, wage freezes and cut to social services, education, etc.
- We are
competing with China for trade, investment and natural resources.
China is welcomed everywhere despite its totalitarian system while we
are hated despite our democracy.
- London has
replaced New York as the financial capitol of the world since we have
become an unwelcoming nation
Fighting hate in
- The number of
armed militias has doubled (Time magazine)
Obama is receiving 400% more death threats than President Bush did
- The number of
active hate groups in the U.S. topped 1,000 for the first time.
(Southern Poverty Law Center "2010 - The Year in Hate & Extremism")
Standing up for
- 13 states are
considering anti-Muslim laws
Muslims have been detained; mosques across the country have been
checked for nuclear bombs
- 28% of
Muslim students in New York Public Schools report being stopped by
police as a result of profiling in New York (Columbia)
- 7% Muslim
students say they have been physically assaulted (Columbia)
Coalition invites Muslims to work with millions of our neighbors who are
fighting for peace and justice against wars and Islamophobia.
- We actively
- We repeatedly
- We fight
And to do
that we stand with those who stand with us
coalitions with peace movement, labor & interfaith
peaceful struggle for civil & human rights for all
Coalition is composed of Muslim Americans in 15 states who are committed
to the principle of standing up and speaking for justice (Quran 4:135) not
only because of their desire to uphold the principles of their faith, but
also out of deep concern and commitment to our country.
5 Things You Can
Do Today for Peace & Justice
- Forward this
email: You have your friends and contacts. Please write a short note
inviting them to join the rally as you forward this email to them.
- Please share
this newsletter with your facebook account
- Please call
ten friends reminding them that it is our Islamic duty to stand up
against injustice. We must stand with those who stand with us. 500
non-Muslim organizations are calling for this rally along with 100
Imams. It is our patriotic duty to speak up when trillions of dollars
are lost at war instead of jobs and education at home.
- Have a family
gathering tonight to discuss why the rally is being organized. Please
read to them the statement of 100 New York area imams. It is important
for the whole family to attend the rally.
- Call your
Masjid to make sure that your imam is giving khutba on this topic and
asking all Muslims to attend this rally
Muslim Peace Coalition USA
The Muslim Peace Coalition USA is a grassroots alliance that has spread
to 14 states since its inception. The Coalition's mission is to work
closely with the peace movement and civil rights organizations to oppose
war, terrorism and Islamophobia.