politics

MPower Resistance Recess

Join up with your fellow Resistance Recess members and demand accountability from your Congressional Representatives. This is an opportunity to get our elected officials to take a public stance on issues like the Muslim Ban, voter rights, and healthcare—and to hold them accountable for it.

While many of our allies—like MoveOn1 and Indivisible2—are working towards the same goals, it’s critical to raise our voices as Muslims in the Resistance!

Key principle to keep in mind

The goal of meeting our elected officials is to get them to take a public stance consistent with their constituents on issues like the Muslim Ban, the anti-BDS bill, DACA, Net Neutrality, voter rights & healthcare. We will be respectful in stating our position, but pressure officials to give clear answers. 

5 steps to prepare for a townhall meeting

  1. Recruityour family, neighbors, & community members to join you in a meeting.
  2. Find a meeting in your district: Check out The TownHallProjectMoveOn Resistance Recess
  3. Ask clear and prepared questions:members of your group should also support and applause to indicate feelings are shared in the crowd.

 

Download MPower’s Question Guide

 

  1. Capture the questions and responses on social media:pictures, video, Facebook Live streams* using the #ResistanceRecess & #MyMuslimVote hashtags. Have multiple group members prepared to take pictures and record.
  2. Follow up with the elected officals:schedule a meeting and bring your group to your elected officials’ offices for followup!

Finally, let us know how it went! Drop us a line at [email protected]

*If you have experience using Facebook Live and want to livestream your event, drop us a note and you can broadcast it from the MPower Change Facebook page!

  1. https://www.resistancerecess.com/event/aug-resistance-recess-events/search/
  2. http://recess.indivisibleguide.com/

 

A Call to (Dis) Arms —A Call for Peace in Oakland After the Recent Murder of 4 Muslims

Murders in our city are especially hard to deal with for the families of victims because the Oakland Police Department only solves 28% of the murders here. This is less than half of the statewide average of 65% and it is the lowest homicide clearance rate in the nation according to the FBI.

When people are slain their voices are silenced. They become muted and powerless victims in a city that like many other cities have become living breathing paradoxes of the modern era. A time when most natives can barely afford to remain in Oakland — and as they are being gentrified to the point of extinction the few still holding on to the neighborhoods that they grew up in have to pray every day that one of their children will not be the next voice silenced in a city where law enforcement can neither protect them nor hold the murderous perpetrators accountable.

All the while the Muslims react with deafening silence. By not speaking up for the powerless we have failed the youth of our community. The Muslim community acts as if it is too busy to deal with an issue as trivial as Life and Death in the inner-city? Instead, we remained sidelined as the body count rises. Should we as people of faith not be out front on these issues, and if not then why not? Have we forgot that standing up for justice is part of this religion as Allah tells us when he says:

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.

This post was originally published at Ummah Wide by Sundiata Alrashid.