Stand with Muslim Neighbors Week - March 6 - 12, 2017

Kansas Interfaith Action, in partnership with CAIR-Kansas, is encouraging congregations to participate in a week of solidarity and friendship with Muslims in their community and in our state. There are a number of suggested activities that individuals, small groups, and whole congregations can do – see below.

The current political and cultural climate has enabled increasing hostility toward religious minorities in general and Muslims in particular. Hate crimes are up, and in recent years we have also seen efforts both on the state and federal level to target Muslims legally. Yet Muslims, both immigrant and native, are vital, contributing members of our communities, entitled to the same protection and care as any other Kansans.

By participating in these events, our congregations will send a message of love and rejection of hate. We also will demonstrate to our elected officials – state and federal – that we will not stand idly by while members of our communities are discriminated against or scapegoated. 

Please let us know you're planning to participate by RSVP'ing here.

For a downloadable PDF flyer for these events click here. 

Suggested Activities for “Stand with Muslim Neighbors” Week

Congregations:

  • Prepare & display a banner in your place of worship declaring “We Stand with Muslim Neighbors”

  • Host a speaker on Islam at your house of worship. Many mosques have outreach programs for their local communities, and larger organizations are always looking for sympathetic coalition partners. If you cannot find a contact at your local mosque, contact CAIR-Kansas at 785-251-0551 or info@cairkansas.org

  • Organize a visit by your congregation's members to a mosque (call your local mosque or CAIR-KS to arrange)

  • Prepare an information and activism plan for your community should a Muslim registry be reinitiated

  • Consider playing and sharing the short film "United We Stand"

  • The Pastor can dedicate the sermon to the values of diversity, toleration, and the real meaning of “religious freedom” as expressed in George Washington's letter to the Jewish congregation in Touro, Rhode Island. 

Small Groups of Congregation Members:

  • Bring a group to visit a mosque (with local mosque help)

  • Contact mosques, Muslim Student Associations and other Muslim organizations, and offer support

  • Host a dinner, inviting a small group of local Muslims, and inviting one of them to speak a few minutes about Islam & Muslims.

  • Hold a letter-writing event, where members of the congregation can write to state and federal elected officials opposing any government efforts to target Muslim Kansans

 Individual Congregation Members:

  • Call your governor / elected official's office and express opposition to any type of discrimination against Muslims and support welcoming of all refugees, including Muslims

  • Turn your political anxiety into active participation with your favorite advocacy group (e.g. ACLU, NAACP, KC for Refugees, KIFA, CAIR-Kansas, etc.)

  • Donate to a Muslim organization or other civil rights group to help hire lawyers to defend against violations of Muslim civil rights

  • Write an op-ed in your local paper describing your feelings during this time, and sharing your thoughts on how we can build a better and more tolerant future for our country's future. It’s important that large numbers of people express themselves in public forums to show their Muslim neighbors that they are not alone

  • If you personally witness a hate crime taking place, intervene to the greatest extent safely possible. Recently in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Sikh man was verbally assaulted after being mistaken for a Muslim, while passersby simply watched. He writes movingly about the experience, and offers suggestions to others for responding,  (http://www.carbonated.tv/news/sikh-man-harassed-for-being-muslim-urges-bystanders-to-action)

 Join us on Monday, March 13 as Muslims, Christians and Jews gather in the State Capitol in Topeka for a rally/press event and legislative visits in support of the rights of our Muslim neighbors!   

 

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