Press Releases & Statements

Gun Violence is a Uniquely American Problem

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. To God, we belong and to God, we shall return. Our hearts are broken into 22 little pieces.  On Tuesday, May 24th, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary school with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, killing 19 elementary school children, two teachers, and his own grandmother in the town of Uvalde, Texas. He also injured 17 others. The world continues to grapple with the reality that Uziyah Garcia, Alithia Ramirez, Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Annabell Rodriguez, Eliahana Torres, Jose Flores, Eliahna Garcia, Rojelio Torres, Jaliah Silguero, Jace Luevanos, Jacklyn Cazares, Makenna Elrod, Naveh Bravo, Tess Marie, Alexandria Rubio, and Layla Salazar won't be playing in the schoolyard anymore. Dedicated educators Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia won't get to impart the love and knowledge they held to their fourth graders. Their murder comes on the heels of two mass shootings in the last 10 days, Buffalo, New York on May 14th and Laguna Woods, California on May 15th. It follows 280 incidences of gun violence in the last 72 hours (Gun Violence Archive). It comes in the light of 200 mass shootings in 2020. MuslimARC prays for all victims and those affected by gun violence. As we grieve, we are praying to our Creator to ease our sorrows during this time of unimaginable loss.  Gun Violence is a Racial Justice Issue At MuslimARC we recognize that Gun violence is a racial justice issue. Thirteen percent of mass shootings are motivated by racial hatred.  Latinx people are twice as likely to die by gun homicide and four times as likely to be wounded by an assault with a gun as white people. The Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence reports similar figures, and includes the rate for American Indian/Alaskan Native people the rate is 3.4 times that of white people, and for Black people is 11 times. However, the total number of Latinx victims of gun violence is underreported because many government agencies do not report data on ethnic origin.  Over 90% of residents in Uvalde identify as Latino/Hispanic, many of them in mixed-status families. As a border town, heavily patrolled by ICE, they face multiple vulnerabilities for state and interpersonal violence. “The same officer involved in deportation of your family member could now be telling you your child has died…this is what systemic trauma looks like,” Thania Galvan, an incoming assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Psychology tweeted.    In cities, the majority of gun homicides affect young Black and Latino men in historically underfunded neighborhoods. Even though Pew finds that 66% of Americans broadly support the creation of a federal database tracking all gun sales, 64% support bans on high capacity magazines and 63% support bans on assault-style weapons, we continue to have lawmakers religiously oppose any common-sense gun legislation. The disenfranchisement of Black and Latino voters also plays a role in upholding the status quo and NRA lobby.  A study in 2017 showed that support for gun control is stronger among Latinos and Blacks than among Whites “74 percent of blacks and 61 percent of Latinos, but only 55 percent of whites support an assault weapons ban.”   According to reporting from Axios, from 1999 to 2019, 40% of all deaths and 69% of all injuries in a mass shooting were caused by Semi-Automatic rifles of some sort. Yet states like Texas boast about making it easier to buy, conceal, and carry deadly weapons. This is a uniquely American problem; no other developed nation has had to lose their grandmothers and grandbabies while they’re just going about their days at grocery stores and at school.  While the solution is incredibly complex and will take the effort of every person in our community, there are proposals that do nothing to help. Over-policing schools, increasing police budgets, and arming teachers will do nothing but put children in more danger from authority figures in their communities.     As a human rights education organization, MuslimARC is committed to a systems change approach to addressing violence. What can we do to address the accessibility of weapons of mass destruction and firearms that target our already vulnerable communities? Below is a list of actions we can take.  Create Communities of Care and donate directly to victims We encourage everyone to take the time they need to process their grief and the full range of emotions. Our collective consciousness has faced generational trauma from the violence of slavery, colonialism, militarized police states,  deportations, and civilians. In times like this, we must turn to our faith as we bear witness to suffering and center healing and empowerment. We must ask ourselves what resources do our communities need to engage productively in self-care around this massacre? We can support those directly impacted through crowdfunding, to help cover burial and medical costs. We must cultivate a community of care, practice mutual aid, and participate in systems change work to address patchwork gun laws, disinvestment in mental health resources, and the culture around firearms. We must support the immediate and long term needs of impacted communities CelebrateMercy's Muslims Unite for Fallen Teachers GoFundMe has created the Texas Elementary School Shooting Relief page that lists all the current verified fundraisers dedicated to helping the victims and survivors of the shooting, including the Victims First fundraiser.  The Uvalde School District has created a fundraiser with the First State Bank of Uvalde. Donations can be dropped off at any of their locations. Checks can be made out to “Robb School Memorial Fund” and sent to PO Box 1908, Uvalde, TX 78802. You can also make a donation using Zelle to [email protected]    You can also support the Uvalde community by donating to these local organizations: St. Henry De Osso Family Project promotes wellness and holistic growth through family-based tutoring, parenting classes, physical activity, and emotional and spiritual development. Support organizations doing the work to support gun violence survivors and sensible fire-arm policy. Get involved with Voto Latino, a grassroots organization dedicated to educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters The Latino Voter Project and Chispas OC are also incredible organizations trying to create progressive homes for Latinx voters  Get involved with orgs like Giffords- A non-profit org dedicated to shifting culture, mobilizing voters, and changing laws all in an effort to end gun violence in America- led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Support Moms Bonded By Grief- a community organization committed to providing healing practices for parents. Make donations by sending a check to the address below, or on Cashapp: $MBBG2017. P.O. Box 6061, Philadelphia, PA 19154 The Community Justice Action Fund is a Black and Brown-led organization committed to addressing gun violence. Donate here. Texas Gun Sense is the only statewide gun violence prevention organization founded in Texas. Donate here. Text ACT to 644-33 to join Everytown, which will send you ways to address gun violence based on your zip code. Demand Action on a Federal, State, and local level   Join the protest organized by Houston Moms Demand, Black Lives Matter Houston, and other local organizers to rally during the convention. Links for further reading Fact check: AR-15 style rifles used in 11 mass shootings since 2012 What the deadliest mass shootings have in common Pew: Amid a Series of Mass Shootings in the U.S., Gun Policy Remains Deeply Divisive Pew: Key facts about Americans and guns Impact of Gun Violence on Black Americans The Impact of Gun Violence on Latinx Communities The Fear of Deportation Only Makes the Uvalde Trauma Worse More cops in schools — the first answer, not the best Giffords Org. Voto Latino Pew The Latino Voter Project Gun Violence Archive “A Uniquely American Problem”: Pressure Grows for Gun Control After School Massacre in Texas Texas School Shooting Victims: Third and Fourth Graders, Beloved Teachers  

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Ethno Nationalism is against our creed: MuslimARC's Statement on Saturday's Buffalo shooting

Ethno Nationalism is against our creed.  Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. To God, we belong and to God, we shall return. Our country is once again in mourning.  On Saturday, May 14, 2022, an 18-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist traveled hundreds of miles to Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, and murdered 10 people and injured 3 others.  The suspect posted a racist manifesto about his white supremacist ideology and plan to attack the Black community and live-streamed the mass shooting. Our prayers are with the victims, Ruth Whitfield (86), Roberta Drury (32), Aaron salter (55), Heward Patterson (67), Pearl Young (77), Geraldine Talley (62), Celestine Chaney (65), Katherine Massey (72), Margus Morrison (52), and Andre Mackneil (52), survivors, and the Buffalo community.  

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End of the Year Report 2021

MuslimARC End of the Year Report 2021 This year, MulimARC wanted to celebrate 7 years of excellence by showing our impact as an organization. We have entered new territory this year and our planning has paid off. 8 new Anti-Racism trainers, thousands of people trained, and a whole new staff to inject new energy into our work. It is all thanks to the countless volunteer hours and generous donations that have allowed us to reach excellence this year; and you better believe we will be doing even better 2022 and beyond.  Prepared by Margari Hill and Mohammad Raza Check out our newsletter style report below and tell us what you learned on social media! 

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Operations Manager

Do you want to join a team of dedicated educators, scholars, and activists across the country that are tackling issues of racial justice within and across faith communities in North America? MuslimARC is a fast-growing and dynamic human rights education organization that serves to educate and raise awareness on issues of racial justice in the Muslim community and beyond. Our organization is in its growth phase and is seeking a passionate leader who shares the same values of MuslimARC of anti-racism and human rights, a leader who will work with and support the Executive Director and the MuslimARC team in successfully expanding the organization in this new phase. We are looking for a fast-paced and collaborative individual who has a deep understanding of the Muslim community and its racially and ethnically diverse members is passionate about fostering an inclusive work environment and is enthusiastic about elevating the organization’s impact on racial justice through building and executing the best practices for the Operations Department.

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Introducing AMAL 2021 Fellows

Introducing our 2021 AMAL Fellows We are extremely proud and honored to have such a dynamic group of individuals in our fellowship program.  The goal of the AMAL fellowship is to identify committed MuslimARC Members and invest in them as emerging leaders who will expand MuslimARC’s capacity to deliver anti-racism training. The program is designed to train a cohort of MuslimARC-licensed facilitators to expand MuslimARC’s anti-racism workshops and seminars to even more cities across the country in 2021.  We believe that we have chosen fellows that will help us realize this dream:  

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MuslimARC Solidarity with Asian Communities Statement

On March 16th, 2021, a gunman killed eight people at three different spas in North Georgia. Six of the victims were Asian American, and seven of them were women. This mass shooting occurred during a time when Asian American communities have faced escalating hate crimes. This white supremacist misogynist attack exposes gendered violence that Asian women have endured for generations.   

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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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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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Our Next Chapter: Transitions at MuslimARC

From Co-Founder Namira Islam Anani Greetings of peace. I'm writing to you with some news: this week, I am transitioning out of my role as Community Engagement Director and into a board position at the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. It's been my honor these last six years to build MuslimARC from the ground up into an organization that creates spaces for learning, connects multi-ethnic networks, and cultivates solutions for racial equity. 

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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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