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MuslimARC Joins National Muslim Coalition Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Urging Mosques, Islamic Centers to Suspend All Non-Essential Gatherings
(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/19/20) – The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) today joined the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19, a broad coalition of 34 American Muslim organizations, in releasing a joint statement strongly recommending that Muslims in North America make every effort to support self-quarantine and social distancing as advised by local, regional, state, and national public health or government authorities.
The National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 is one of the largest American Muslim coalitions in recent times and is comprised of Muslim health professionals and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), relief, charity, civil rights, and advocacy organizations.
The Task Force advisory urges Muslim congregants to avoid all public gatherings to protect themselves, their families and communities. It states that mosques, community centers, schools and other public centers immediately suspend all non-essential gatherings until further notice.
It makes the following recommendations:
The advisory also includes additional resources that answer questions about COVID-19, social distancing, how to prevent spread of the virus, taking care of yourself, and more.
The National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 is presently comprised of 34 Muslim civil society organizations and includes the following organizations:
Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) training and resources are informed by our belief in “Education for Liberation.” We create spaces to learn and develop racial equity, connect a multiracial network using digital media, dialogue, and storytelling, and cultivate solutions for racial justice through research, strategy, and leadership development education.
We use both online educational platforms and on-the-ground workshops to inspire an appreciation of diversity and create meaningful dialogue to combat racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. MuslimARC prepares leaders for anti-racism work through holistic education. As a faith-based collaborative, we support and build Muslim communities' commitment to racial justice and work with interfaith groups and multiracial coalitions to train allied communities on the intersections of systemic racism and Islamophobia.
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[Washington, DC] – The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative proudly announces its participation in the March on Washington for Gaza scheduled for January 13, 2024. In conjunction with the march, MuslimARC has co-signed a letter addressed to President Biden, alongside 80 Muslim American, Arab-American, and Palestinian-American organizations, urging immediate action to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Nestled within the heart of the United States, the city known as Detroit holds a historical and contemporary significance that extends far beyond its geographical boundaries. Often referred to as the Motor City or Motown, Detroit bears a lesser-known moniker that encapsulates its deep-rooted significance in the struggle for racial justice: "Waawiyatanong," an Anishinaabe Native American name meaning "the place of the caribou bones." Unpacking the layers of this name reveals a narrative that intertwines Indigenous heritage, African American history, and the ongoing fight for racial equality.
We want to express our deep sorrow and outrage over the recent shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida. This horrifying incident, driven by hate and racism, is a stark reminder of the urgent need to address systemic racism and its pervasive impact on our communities.
For over 400 years, Black people have lived in fear of racial violence in this country. On Saturday, August 26, 2023, a white gunman opened fire at a Dollar General in Jacksonville, Florida. He killed Angela Michelle Carr, 52, Anolt Joseph “AJ” Laguerre Jr., 19, and Jerrald Gallion, 29, before turning the gun on himself. The 21-year-old gunman, Ryan Palmeter, left behind manifestos detailing his racist ideologies. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the Jacksonville community. Crimes motivated by hate are not just attacks on innocent people but against communities and our pluralistic society.