Racism

9 Tips for Muslims Who Want To Make Social Change

War Resister's League's very own Uruj Ehsan Sheikh just published on www.muslimmatters.org!

9 Tips for Muslims Who Want To Make Social Change

We are in a historic moment. Renewed Islamophobia has emerged in the mainstream. GOP candidates' anti-Muslim rhetoric and an upsurge of hate crimes against Muslims have gone unabated. The Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis continues to spiral out of control. San Bernardino, Paris, Ankara, Baghdad and many more – the politicization of Islam is polarizing and forcing many to take sides.

This was the context for my trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with 13 others from Witness Against Torture – a group demanding the United States close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a “War on Terror” prison that has become synonymous with torture, solitary confinement and indefinite detention.

No violence. No exceptions. No exceptionalism.

As the days that unfold before us mimic a time over a decade ago when the devastating War on Terror began with US occupation of Afghanistan, we mourn because it is makes us human. For those in Raqqa. For those in Tunis. For those in Yola and Kano, in Ankara, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Zabul, in Paris, and beyond. But our grief cannot be exceptional. The lives of those living under systemic and perpetual invasion, war and occupation are not disposable and must be mourned and fought for.

Stop Urban Shield Rally!

Urban Shield is the largest SWAT training & war-weapons expo in the world. We will gather on September 11th, across communities, to end it & resist police militarization around the world!

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition on Sept 11th to say NO to policing, militarization & state violence!

WHEN// 4PM on September 11th 2015
WHERE// Alameda Country Sheriff's Office, 1401 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA

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