SAY HER NAME: BREONNA TAYLOR
“We have sent Our Messengers with clear signs and sent down with them the Scripture and the Scales of balance so that humanity may uphold justice.” (Qur’an 57:25).
“Nothing can cause nations to flourish like justice.”
-Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)
On March 13, 2020, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, was murdered by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove.
On September 23, 2020, Kentucky’s grand jury brought no charges against the officers for the killing of Breonna, a Black woman whose life they had cut short. Prosecutors said that the two officers who fired their weapons were justified in using such force to protect themselves. Adding further insult to injury, the only charges brought were against Hankinson, who was indicted solely for shooting into a white neighbor’s apartment.
This injustice highlights how the system is designed to discriminate against the most marginalized communities in our society while placing value solely on white lives.
Our prayers are with Breonna’s loved ones. As an organization dedicated to providing racial justice education and resources to advance racial justice, it is our ethical and Islamic duty to condemn the perpetuation of violence and persecution of Black women and to establish weight with justice. We raise our voices in solidarity against police brutality and the prevalence of extrajudicial killings of Black Americans in the US.
We will continue in our work with new resolve, seeking #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor and healing for her family as well as the community of Louisville, Kentucky.
- POST about Breonna, using the hashtags #BreonnaTaylor and #JusticeForBre. Her story has yet to receive the national attention it must to cause local systems to respond. Share her story, images of her smiling face, and tag the responsible parties. On Twitter, use @LMPD, @LouisvilleMayor, and @GovAndyBeshear. On Instagram, use @LMPD.ky, @MayorGregFischer, and @GovAndyBeshear. We can not stop until she receives a response.
- MAKE CALLS & SEND EMAILS for Breonna to the investigative agencies, institutions and individuals in charge and make the demands known! For more information about who to contact: https://action.justiceforbreonna.org/sign/BreonnaWasEssential/
Muslim ARC’s Action Items for Solidarity Against the Murder of Black Men and Women*.
- 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.
- Muslim organizations (legal, humanitarian, financial, spiritual, and social), Mosques, and community centers must dedicate their Friday talk or recorded message in condemnation of anti-Blackness and police brutality.
- 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.
- Call the institutions and individuals in charge (above) demanding that all those involved (all officers on-site) in the murder of Breonna Taylor 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 Breonna Taylor be held accountable. They must be immediately arrested, charged and investigated for murder. Enough is enough.
- 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.
*(Updated to reflect Action Items for Solidarity Against the Murder of Breonna Taylor. Original text: MuslimARC’s Action Items for Solidarity Against the Murder of Black Men and Women).
The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) is a human rights education organization committed to creatively addressing and effectively challenging racism within Muslim communities.