Christchurch Shooting

Two actions you can immediately take to stand in solidarity with the Christchurch, New Zealand Muslim community:
  1. Donate here to the families who have lost loved ones
  2. Follow the #MyMosque hashtag and post a photo of you at your mosque to stand in solidarity with the Christchurch Muslim community.
MPower Change’s statement on the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
From God we came and to Him is our return.

We are heartbroken. We are in mourning with our Muslim family in New Zealand. We are doing our best, as individuals in grief, to hold each other close.

But we’re also holding on to one clear truth that we will not allow to be muddled:

This deadly violence is the inevitable conclusion of unchecked white supremacy and Islamophobia.

To the elected officials who actively promote bigotry or stay silent as our communities are attacked; to the media who treat the proponents of hatred as mere talking heads; to the social media companies who either promote or make excuses for white supremacists and Islamophobes:

Your words today are not enough.

We demand action, offered in solidarity, to root out the hateful ideology that led to this massacre.

For our martyred Muslim family in New Zealand, we look to our scripture for solace: And do not reckon those who are killed in the path of Allāh as dead: rather they are alive and provided for with their Lord. -Āl ’Imrān

For the rest of our Muslim family in the U.S. and around the world: you are loved. You are worthy. You are cherished. We may be shaken, but we will not be deterred. We will hold, and protect each other, through our mourning.

We remain, today and every day, #UnapologeticallyMuslim.

– The MPower Change team

Kifah Shah
Kifah Shah

Kifah Shah is MPower Change’s Digital Campaign Manager. She grew up in Southern California and has been organizing since she was 15. She has worked for the Asian Law Caucus, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Unite HERE! Local 11, and UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center. Kifah also worked abroad in Europe at the Migration Policy Group on issues related in migration, as well as in Pakistan at the Aman Foundation/USAID on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment. She is currently a TED Resident and on the Board of Trustees for MSA West. Kifah holds a Masters in Public Administration (Economic Policy) from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley.