Would Mutual Friends Address My Former Friend’s Islamophobic Comment on Facebook?

I moved back to my hometown of Augusta, Georgia 13 years ago after an absence of 18 years, except for visits. Shortly thereafter, I bumped into a person whom I considered a friend from high school. We exchanged pleasantries and became friends on Facebook. At some point, this former friend (“FF”) objected to some of my political posts, and, after some online back-and-forth on these matters, we stopped being friends on Facebook (and I don’t remember who “defriended” whom), although we do have mutual friends there. We haven’t, to my knowledge, met again IRL. Continue reading

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I was fasting but had to fight the incessant urge to vomit, as my Twitter feed spiked with tweets about a shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara. Hoping against hope it was a mistake, my heart began to race and my teeth clenched as several news reports confirmed the incident. Another terrorist attack against innocent souls, this time just south of Milwaukee, but an hour from where I grew up.

The Qur’an imposes upon Muslims a fundamental duty to protect all houses of worship. Allah proclaims, “Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is God’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of God is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty —” (Quran 22:41).

Six innocent Sikhs and a terrorist lost their lives today. Many more are injured. Today, at this dark hour, I say to my Sikh brothers — We Are With You! Through every hardship and trial, we stand united with you against all forms of religious persecution, discrimination, and violence. We honor and revere His Eminence Guru Nanak who taught that, “There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, He is without hate, He never dies…”

– Qasim Rashid (@MuslimIQ)

Beautifully said.

And as I said earlier – I’ll never forget how both the Sikh and Muslim communities came out in solidarity, to protect each other, last year during the UK riots. The response to this heinous crime and true tragedy over in the US, has been similarly admirable from the community…

To be in a place of worship – a place that’s meant to be a peaceful sanctuary – and have your people attacked like that… I just… it’s so very saddening. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Sikh brothers and sisters, and their family, caught up in this true tragedy.

Standing With Our Sikh Brothers This Ramadan

Letter-Writing Party for #BDS

Inspired by Amnesty International letter-writing, envelope-stuffing get-togethers, I’m planning a letter-writing party in support of the Palestinians’ call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions to pressure Israel into dismantling its apartheid system of colonialism in Palestine.

I’m creating a Google Doc which allows people to enter in their contact information.

Then I’m listing as many campaigns as I can, with links to detailed information about each and a copy of the letter that will be printed out.

After entering in contact information, the guest may either choose to accept all of the campaigns or read about each one and decide in which ones he or she would like to participate. If the person chooses to accept all, the form skips to the end and the registration process is completed. If the guest wants to review each campaign, the guest can follow the link to read about the campaign and then read the letter which the host will print on the guest’s behalf. If the guest wishes to personalize a letter, the guest has an opportunity to add a postscript.

The Google Doc produces a spreadsheet (accessible only to the owner of the Google Doc) which a Microsoft Word document, using the Mail Merge feature, accesses to produce the pre-addressed envelopes and the pre-printed letters.

The BDS party is then simply a matter of signing the letters, sealing the envelopes and using the opportunity to have fun and plan further Palestine-solidarity events.

As of August 31, 2011, I’m still working on the technical details. But as soon as I have everything working, I’m planning to adjust the settings of the Google document so that guests’ privacy is maintained and to publish the MS Word document(s) used in the mail merge and a document of instructions.

Contact me if you:

  1. Like this idea and want technical support to get it moving in your city.
  2. See that a campaign is not listed and you’d like it to be listed or if there has been a change and information for a specific campaign is inaccurate.
  3. Have suggestions to improve the way I’m doing this.

My hope is that this can be used in every city in North America to strengthen our support for Palestinians.

Interview with Victim of FBI Raids in Minneapolis, Served with Subpoena to Testify Against Anti-war and International Solidarity Activists

Meredith Aby has been an anti-war and international solidarity activist since 1994. She started out doing student activism at Macalester College and with CISPES (the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). In 1998 she helped found the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee which has helped lead the peace movement locally in challenging U.S. war and militarism in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Colombia, Palestine and Afghanistan. She has been on human rights delegations to Palestine and Colombia and leads work nationally through the Colombia Action Network. In 2008 she helped lead protests at the RNC on days one and four of the convention. Meredith does her activism as volunteer work and is a teacher in a Twin Cities high school. She is also the proud mother of the world’s cutest toddler.