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  1. Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry
    c/o Solidarity Center 55 W 17th St #5C NYC 212-633-6646 iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity
    We say NO to Racism and anti-Islamic Bigotry
    Stand for Unity and Solidarity on Saturday, September 11
    DONATE to the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate
    ENDORSE the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarityendorse
    Download flyers, Volunteer and Get Involved at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity
    Momentum builds for Sept. 11 march against racism and anti-Muslim bigotry!

    Saturday Sept. 11 in NYC-

    1:00 p.m. Assemble and rally at east side of City Hall, then March

    Rally at Park Pl. and Church St . (Manhattan)
    Dear Friends,

    Wednesday night’s organizing meeting in New York City for the Saturday, September 11 march against the ugly racism & Islamophobia leveled by the right wing Tea Party against a Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero was truly amazing and inspiring.The plans for a racist rally on September 11 against an Islamic Community Center have galvanized a united anti-racist response. About 100 organizers and activists from dozens of groups attended the meeting to plan a massive show of unity and solidarity. Here are some highlights:

    The first report described a noon press conference held by the Islamic Leadership Council of New York, at City Hall that day. The Council, representing 50+ mosques and community centers around the city, emphasized that the attack on Park51 is not unique – the wave of anti-Muslim hatred is truly national, with political and physicalattacks on Muslims in many places. The Islamic Leadership Council is a strong supporter of the September 11 rally, along with several other Muslim organizations, including American Muslims for Palestine and Islamic Circle of North America, together with many other religious, peace and community groups.

    What’s planned for September 11 in New York City is a massive, diversified, strong and respectful march and rally, with appropriate signs, banners and chants against racism and in defense of people’s rights. Participants will gather at 1pm on the east side of City Hall at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, September 11, and march downtown to Park Place and Church Street.

    This plan received an overwhelming vote of approval following lively debate. People were reminded that our decision to make a stand followed the announced plans by the Tea Party and others to use 9/11 to spread anti-Muslim hatred and racism. These forces are determined to make hatred and bigotry the key legacy of the 9/11 tragedy.

    There was both enthusiasm and a sense of urgency: when the chair announced that more than 50,000 pieces of literature – flyers, stickers, and beautiful full-color palm cards are now available – thanks to someone paying for them by credit card. The response was a flood of financial contributions and pledges: several thousand dollars were immediately raised in pledges and cash from peace groups, Islamic groups, Jewish groups and individuals, and community groups. Baskets were passed around. Before it was finished the printing costs were covered.

    Almost all the literature was taken by activists at the meeting. More is being printed. Come to the Solidarity Center to get your supply of palm cards, stickers and flyers. Or download them from http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity/. (There’s no copyright!)

    Much more financial support is needed, of course. All our publicity so far is the grassroots type: thousands of palm cards, posters, flyers and stickers are going out in the next few days to schools, colleges, mosques, churches and synagogues. Organizers and activists will meet commuters on trains and buses across the city. Email, blogs, Facebook and Twitter will come alive with the call to unite in opposition to the wave of racism and bigotry, and push it back with solidarity.

    Dozens of hands went up in commitment to take responsibility for specific campuses or schools. Schools are open only today, tomorrow this week, and just Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (only Wednesday for public high schools). So we’re giving them top priority.

    A labor committee met to get more unions involved, using the excellent statement from NYC Labor Against the War.

    A logistics committee met to take up concrete plans for stage, sound system, displays to be painted, renting port-a-johns, a large number of volunteers on the day of the rally, etc. There was even talk of raising enough support to place an ad in the NY Times. It would be good: people everywhere would see that we’re making a stand in New York City against racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. Whether we have enough for such an ad can only be determined in coming days. You are encouraged to give what you can. DONATE button on the website: http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate.

    One thing is clear: we have a united and strong mobilization that is proving itself capable to turn the racist tide in a firm, dignified and respectful show of unity.

    Please consider this report a way of including you in this historic peoples’ mobilization. This is an appeal to give all the support you can possibly muster: now’s the time! We hope you will also spread the appeal to anyone you know who would want to join this effort.

    We need JOBS, health care and schools, not war and racism.

    Say NO to Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry on Saturday, September 11.

    DONATE to the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidaritydonate
    ENDORSE the mobilization at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarityendorse
    Download flyers, Volunteer and Get Involved at iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

    Partial list of endorsers:

    Al-Awda NY Palestine Right To Return Coalition
    American Muslims For Palestine
    Arab Muslim American Federation-AMAF
    Bail Out The People Movement
    BAYAN USA-Philippine American Alliance
    Bethlehem Neighbor for Peace, Albany, NY
    Black Workers For Justice
    Bronx Greens
    CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
    Casa Esperanza, Plainfield, NJ
    Catholic Scholars For Worker Justice, White Plains, NY
    Creative Nonviolent Resistance Against Injustice, Wyckoff, NJ
    Dec. 12 Movement
    Defenders For Freedom, Justice & Equality, VA
    Democratic Labor Party, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Drum-Desis Rising Up & Moving
    Families United For Justice In America-FUJA
    Fight Imperialism Stand Together-FIST
    Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
    Freedom Road Socialist Organization
    Gabriela Network USA
    Green Party Power to the People, New York, NY
    Guyanese American Workers United
    In the Name of Humanity
    International Action Center
    International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
    Islamic Leadership Council of New York
    Jersey City Peace Movement
    Labor for Palestine
    Los Angeles Latino Muslims Association
    Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
    Masjid As-Salam, Albany, NY
    May 1 Workers And Immigrant Rights Coalition
    Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
    Million Worker March Movement
    Millions For Mumia
    MN Anti War Committee
    Moratorium Now Coalition To Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
    Muslim Solidarity Committee
    Muslim Voters Of America, Evanston, IL
    New York City Labor Against the War
    National Assembly
    Nodutdol For Korean Community Development
    North East Peace And Justice Action Coalition
    NYC Coalition to Stop Islamaphobia
    NYC Jericho Movement
    Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
    Pan Africa News Wire
    Peoples Organization For Progress
    Project Salam , Albany, NY
    Queers For Economic Justice
    Radical Women, Harlem, NY
    Senegalese Workers Association
    Socialist Action
    South Bronx Community Congress
    Stonewall Warriors
    Take Back WBAI Coalition
    The Peace Thru Justice Foundation
    U.S. Palestinian Community Network, NY
    Women In Black, Westchester, NY
    Women’s Fightback Network
    Workers World Party
    World Can’t Wait

    Individuals:
    Cynthia McKinney
    Edward Childs, Chief Steward, Unite-Here Local 26*, Somerville, MA
    Colia Clark, Candidate US Senate- New York, Green Party Power to the People
    Ramsey Clark
    Dr. Joseph J. Fahey, Chair, Catholic Scholars For Worker Justice, White Plains, NY
    Steve Gillis, Vice President, USW Local 8751*, Boston, MA
    Basem Khader, Peace and Justice activist, Chappaqua, NY
    Imam Ashrafuz Zaman Khan, President, North American Imams Federation – NAIF*
    Rahman Khan, Chairman , Muslim Voters of America, Evanston, IL
    Michael Kuzma, Democratic candidate, NYS Senate, 58th District, Buffalo, NY
    Angaza Laughinghouse, President, UE Local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union*
    Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSCP, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, CCA*
    Dom Tuminaro, Professor, PSC-CUNY-AFT, AFL-CIO*, New York, NY
    Fatema Zohny, Educator/Social Activist, Cornerstone Academy For Social Action*, New York, NY
    *=For purposes of identification only

  2. Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry

    Say NO to Racism and anti-Islamic Bigotry
    Stand for Unity and Solidarity on Saturday, September 11

    Saturday Sept. 11 in NYC-

    1:00 p.m. Assemble and rally at east side of City Hall, then March

    Rally at Park Pl. and Church St . (Manhattan)
    Why we are marching on September 11th

    The Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry is organizing a rally for civil rights and religious freedom on Saturday, September 11th. This rally is a response to the ugly and violent attacks, both verbal and physical, which are happening more and more frequently around the country. It is also a specific response to the hate-filled protest being called by a coalition of racist and anti-Islamic organizations on September 11th.

    The wave of Islamophobia being stirred up against the proposed Islamic Center at Park51 in Lower Manhattan and Islamic institutions and people around the country has poisoned our nation’s climate. We feel we cannot remain silent and surrender the streets of New York City to the forces of hate and bigotry on this day. We must offer an antidote to this poison.

    We called this rally for unity and respect only after the well-funded rally called by racist groupings on September 11 had become a national outrage. The MTA agreed to their inflammatory bus ads. The mainstream media gave extensive pre-publicity coverage, including program, speakers, websites and interviews for this September 11 rally of the racist forces. Such pre-publicity has never been given to progressive, anti-war or union struggles. In the face of all this we cannot remain silent.

    Our Rally will send a message many thousands strong, of unity, respect and solidarity in the face of the increasing climate of racism and bigotry against Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the US.

    These bigots have very consciously chosen the location of their rally – the proposed Islamic Community Center at Park Place and Church St in lower Manhattan (Park51) – in an attempt to intimidate the Center’s sponsors and the Muslim community as a whole. And they chose the date without regard to the feelings of the thousands of survivors, including many Muslim families, of what happened on 9/11.

    This hatred and attempt at intimidation is typical of these groups’ actions all around the country, as mosques and community centers have suffered abusive picketing during Ramadan and other times of prayer; shooting attacks – such as the one this week in Carlton, New York; firebombings; desecration; and attempts to get town and city authorities to deny permits for much-needed expansion plans. These actions have already created an atmosphere that led to the horrific slashing of New York City taxi driver Ahmed Sharif, the desecration the very next day of a mosque in Queens, and fear of many more such heinous attacks.

    We are rallying on 9/11 in lower Manhattan to let the racists know that we will be there every time they threaten our Muslim sisters and brothers, that we will not stand for abuse, intimidation, or attacks of any kind, anywhere, at any time.

    Finally, we take note of and support the vigil that will be held on September 10th, and respect the choice of those who choose to show their solidarity on that day. Our action on the 11th is a supplement to, not a substitute for, that vigil, in keeping with our main emphasis:

    Not one attack on Muslims, any day, anywhere!

    Please join us on Saturday, September 11th, at 1pm on the east side of City Hall facing Brooklyn Bridge.

    After this initial Unity Rally we will march at 2pm to Park Place and Church Street for a second rally.

    For more information, flyers, endorsers see:
    http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity

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