In today’s toxic environment in which the President of the United States continues to foment hatred and intolerance, more and more people are pushing back in support of traditional American values like love, tolerance, freedom and liberty.
For those in the central North Carolina, there will be a great opportunity to lend one’s voice to this vital cause tomorrow in downtown Raleigh as a coalition operating under the banner “United Against Islamophobia & Racism” gathers near the Legislative Building at 10:00 a.m.
You can learn more and help promote the effort by visiting and sharing the event’s Facebook page.
As activist Manzoor Chema said in an op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer on Wednesday:
“While bigotry and discrimination are employed to breed fear and hatred in the community, we have a choice to build a movement that advances social justice and human rights for all. Any form of discrimination based on one’s ethnicity, religion, class, citizenship, gender or sexuality should be challenged through an intersectional movement. This movement has to bring together the voices and experiences of the communities facing structural and institutional racism, economic crisis and displacement.
We need organized community safety responses led by Muslims, black youth, immigrants and people of color, not unaccountable armed militia groups, as proposed by the Portland GOP chair, that can exploit a moment like this to intimidate and displace people from public spaces. Grassroots people’s assemblies are emerging across the country to build sustainable movements that center on leadership by impacted communities, and allow people from all backgrounds to join a broad movement because we are stronger together. Such a broad-based movement will allow us to bring forward a social transformation and eliminate oppression. In the words of Pakistani poet and freedom -ighter, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, “We shall witness the day when enormous mountains of tyranny will blow away like cotton.”