Who we are:
Our purpose is to counter the anti-Muslim hate speech and growing incidents of violence and hostility in our country that have been rapidly accelerating since the November attacks in Paris and the December killings in San Bernardino, CA, and to act in support of our Muslim neighbors. We’ve decided to begin right here in our own community.
We came together in November, 2015 as members of local groups that were already working to increase interfaith understanding and to end wars and military violence, racism, homophobia, economic injustice, mass incarceration, hate speech, racial and ethnic profiling, Islamophobia, and abuse of the law enforcement and judicial systems.
There was already a strong spirit of cooperation with our Muslim community members, developed in response to the FBI sting operation and preemptive prosecution and imprisonment of two Muslim members of our community from 2004 – 2006. The task of organizing a rapid response plan is being led by a partnership of faith based and activist groups. We’ve also benefited from years of outreach and education by the local mosques and Muslim community centers, along with growing cooperation among local, regional and national peace and justice groups.
We look to the Muslim community of the Capital District to alert us to incidents that need to be addressed, and to help set the tone for our responses. Our goal is to be non-violent and inclusive but remain strongly resistant to hate speech and to hateful actions. We are working to give people opportunities to meet and dialogue with Muslims in order to increase familiarity and humanization in a time of dehumanization and fear.
We’ve created the following committees to accomplish our work:
- A rapid response committee, to take action around incidents as they arise.
- A resolutions committee, to pursue governmental anti-Islamophobia resolutions here and to assist others elsewhere.
- A speaker’s bureau/community education committee, to reach out to organizations and institutions, countering misinformation and creating dialogue.
- A special projects committee, to produce events around specific issues or for new groups.
- Project SALAM (Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims), a pre-existing organization which works with Muslim prisoners and their families, and engages in education and advocacy around the issue of preemptive prosecution and government-perpetrated Islamophobia.
Some of these committees are already active. Some are still in the planning stages. These working groups will meet periodically to report back to the whole group. At our meetings we will also address the work of other community groups and how it intersects with the work of our coalition.
Contact info and upcoming events:
You can reach us by email at info@StopIslamophobia.com.
Our next general meeting will take place at the Masjid As Salam, 276 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 5 PM. All are welcome – come join us!