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  • MuslimARC 2020 Election Statement

    Imam Ali (AS) said, “Speak the truth, and do good deeds to secure a good reward, and be adversaries to the oppressor and those who aid the oppressed.”

    We live in a time where the political climate of fear fuels racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia across the country. According to the APA, the 2020 Presidential Election is a source of significant stress for more Americans than the 2016 Presidential Race. As an organization that provides anti-racism education and resources to advance racial justice, we want to focus on how the elections will impact our society's most vulnerable. MuslimARC recognizes the importance of fulfilling our Creator’s mandate to fight oppression through sacred resistance and build solidarity with marginalized communities, for whom this anxiety is even greater. 

    Let’s use this time to rethink our strategies and work harder toward our collective goals. We will get through this.

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  • published New Team Members in Press Releases & Statements 2020-08-31 17:51:10 -0400

    New Team Members

    We are grateful to the immense trust our supporters have shown MuslimARC as calls for racial justice and anti-racism training reverberate across the country. We are thrilled to announce the next stage of our journey in cultivating anti-racism leadership with the addition of our Operations Director, Kenyatta Bakeer, and Operations Assistant, Shams Hamid. These new positions will help ensure that we are responsive to the growing call for our work.

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  • published Berthena McKinney in Block - Speakers & Trainers 2020-08-05 02:55:52 -0400

    Berthena Nabaa-McKinney

    MuslimARC Trainer

    Berthena Nabaa-McKinney is the founder of Nabaa Consulting, LLC, an educational consulting firm specializing in school improvement and turnaround for Early Childhood and K-12 schools in the public, charter, faith-based and private sectors.  Berthena has more than 20+ years of educational experience in teaching, school administration, board leadership & development, accreditation,  professional development.  She has served on and led accreditation teams in schools and school districts across the State of TN. As a school improvement and turnaround specialist, Berthena has been dedicated to working schools and districts to reimage  equitable outcomes for students of color school improvement and turnaround specialist.  Berthena received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She serves as a Commissioner for the Metro-Nashville Action Commission, Board Chair with Muslim American Cultural Center, Co-Chair of Women of Color for Education Equity, and continues to serve as a member on ACLU-TN, PENCIL, MNPS STEAM Advisory, and Faith & Culture Center boards.


  • signed BLACK MUSLIM SOLIDARITY 2020-06-02 02:44:24 -0400

    ACTION ITEMS FOR THE SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE MURDER OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN

    ACTION ITEMS FOR THE SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE MURDER OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN

    1. Muslim organizations, Mosques, and community centers must draft a letter of solidarity with the Black community, and in particular with Black families, whose loved ones have been taken and impacted by police violence. We expect all allies to publicly condemn police brutality across the US as despicable, harmful, and an injustice that must end immediately. Send your letter of support to info@islahla.org
    2. Muslim organizations (legal, humanitarian, financial, spiritual, and social), Mosques, and community centers must participate in a Day of Outrage on June 5th - where collectively each Masjid/center/organization across CA dedicate their Friday talk or recorded message in condemnation of anti-Blackness and police brutality.
    3. Muslim organizations, Mosques and community centers must commit internally to addressing anti-Blackness within their locality through education, dialogue, courageous conversations and a firm commitment to accountability. Must also make external commitment to work with Black communities in their local cities as allies to address anti-Blackness within their community and congregation, publicly recognizing that this is a priority issue in the Muslim community.
    4. Call the Minnesota Attorney, our brother, Keith Ellison 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787 outside of Twin Cities 800-627-3529 (Minnesota relay) demanding that all those involved (all officers on-site) in the murder of George Floyd be held accountable, and immediately charged and investigated. Call/Email message: “My name is ______ and I am demanding that all officers on-site in the murder of George Floyd be held accountable. They must be immediately arrested, charged and investigated for murder. Enough is enough.
    5. Join local efforts to uplift justice and equity for the Black community, including calls to actions, protests, etc. History is being made, we must not sit on the sidelines. July 4th Cali Muslims Ride-Out against Anti-Blackness and Police Violence! (Car Caravan) NorCal from Light House Masjid // SoCal from Islah LA

    On Friday, May 29th, Imam Jihad Saafir of Islah LA led the discussion, inviting Amir Abdel Malik Ali of the Oakland Islamic Community Center, Umar Hakim of ILM Foundation, Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin of San Francisco Muslim Community Center, Amir Sundiata Rashid of Lighthouse Mosque, Tariq Ali of Islah LA, Imam Fateen Seifullah of Masjid As-Sabur, Ms. Latifah,  Ismahan Abdullahi of MAS-PACE, and our Executive Director Margari Hill for an online action for George Floyd. 

    The California Black Muslim leaders shared insight on police brutality, Muslim organizing, and our duty to establish weight with justice. Imam Jihad Saafir outlined actions of solidarity that non-Black Muslims should take during this difficult time.  

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    ONLINE ACTION FOR GEORGE FLOYD

    ONLINE ACTION FOR GEORGE FLOYD "Establish Weight with Justice"

    Posted by Islah L.A on Friday, May 29, 2020

     

     

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  • Action Items for Solidarity Against the Murder of Black Men and Women

    On Friday, May 29th, Imam Jihad Saafir of Islah LA led the discussion, inviting Amir Abdel Malik Ali of the Oakland Islamic Community Center, Umar Hakim of ILM Foundation, Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin of San Francisco Muslim Community Center, Amir Sundiata Rashid of Lighthouse Mosque, Tariq Ali of Islah LA, Imam Fateen Seifullah of Masjid As-Sabur, Ms. Latifah,  Ismahan Abdullahi of MAS-PACE, and our Executive Director Margari Hill for an online action for George Floyd. 

    The California Black Muslim leaders shared insight on police brutality, Muslim organizing, and our duty to establish weight with justice. Imam Jihad Saafir outlined actions of solidarity that non-Black Muslims should take during this difficult time.  

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  • published Kenyatta Bakeer Trainer in Block - Speakers & Trainers 2020-05-31 02:23:05 -0400

    Kenyatta Bakeer

    MuslimARC Trainer

    In her 28 years in education, Kenyatta Bakeer has been a teacher, director, principal, owner of a child care, professor, and consultant to Early Childhood Education centers. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a BA degree in Child Development and a MA in Early Childhood Education. She has helped open several schools including her own Preschool, she helped open Islah Academy, a Muslim school that serves South Central LA. She helped open a Charter school in South Central LA, that is housed at Bilal Islamic's campus. She is an Adjunct Child Development Professor for the Los Angeles Community College District and Senior Trainer and Research Fellow for Muslim Anti Racism Collaborative. Her favorite children's book is, "Where the Wild Things are". In her free time, she loves to hike at the beach and parks. She practices yoga and meditation practices. She is considered the Self Care Guru among her family and friends.


  • Track IV: Anti-Racism and Anti-Islamophobia Narrative Change

    As a media based anti-racism education organization, MuslimARC has connected anti-racism leaders, sustained conversations about anti-racism, and help shift the ways in which popular culture and media talk about American Muslims. As we center the voices of those impacted by multiple oppressions, we aim for a systems change approach in all levels of storytelling, supporting the leadership development of creatives, consulting institutions in making their spaces more equitable, and connecting social change and entertainment to advance racial equity. This curriculum track is aimed at narrative change and providing creatives with a systems change analysis with practical steps to become leaders who advance racial justice through their storytelling. 

    Audience: Media, Entertainment, and popular culture (Screenwriters, directors, authors, filmmakers, narrative change field creatives)

    SELF ASSESSMENT: Narratives We’ve internalized 

    • Explore the narratives that shape our identity formation,  the impact of storytelling,  and the stories we tell about self and others 
    • Participants will explore their own understanding of racism, Islamophobia, systemic oppression, and privileges/disadvantages

    LEARNING: White Dominant Culture  and Anti-Racism Competency

    • Explore social identities and reflect on aspects of white dominant culture in narrative change work
    • Examine the interplay between dominant narratives, decision making, and impact upon targeted communities 

    ACCOUNTABILITY: Intercultural Conflict and Community Partnerships 

    • Build frameworks and practices that  interrupt harmful narratives and mitigate privilege in narrative work 
    • Through case studies build skills for addressing a grievance and redressing harm

    INSTITUTIONALIZATION: Planning for Systems Change

    • Moving beyond interpersonal anti-oppression, develop  a systems change analysis 
    • Strategic brainstorming to identity a strategic area of systems change for creatives or using narrative work to build power in impacted communities.

  • Muslim Coalition Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MuslimARC Joins National Muslim Coalition Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Urging Mosques, Islamic Centers to Suspend All Non-Essential Gatherings

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