Muslim Organizing Update - July, 2013


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Muslim Organizing Update - July, 2013

  1. 1. Muslim Organizing Update - July, 2013 PICO National Network
  2. 2. “People, We created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into races and tribes so that you should recognize one another.” - The Qur’an Surah Hujarat Calgrafiti Art by El Seed on the tallest minaret in Tunisia - 2012
  3. 3. “We decreed to the Children of Israel that if anyone kills (an innocent person) it is as if he kills all mankind, while if any saves a life it is as if he saves the lives of all mankind.” - The Qur’an 5:32 - A young girl who survived the December 2009 US missile strike in al Majalah, Yemen, where 40 people were killed including 14 women and 21 children - Photo credit - Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
  4. 4. “The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and WAR are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all- inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. The issues change in accordance with the political and social climate of our nation and world.”
  5. 5. 1 - Islamophobia is US Led • $43 Million Dollars Spent on Islamophobic propoganda campaigns, trainings and outreach from 2001-2012 • Ideologically centered in the US with Robert Spencer, Pamela Gellar and David Horowitz • These bloggers and foundations have a global reach
  6. 6. Constantly producing Islamophobic material
  7. 7. 2 - Islamophobia as a Global Reality - Anders Breivik murders 77 people in Norway inspired by US based Islamophobes Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller - American White Supremacist Wade Michael Page Murders six at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  8. 8. 3 - The Policing of Amerian Muslim Identity - From Malcolm to wrapping ourselves in the American flag hijab
  9. 9. The US led, Global discourse of ‘Security‘ - The Threat of Race
  10. 10. What has been justified using - the spectre of terrorism - The reality of the US War Machine • From the Church Commission and COINTELPRO from the 1940’s to 1973 and the CIA Assassination Programs • To the legalization of COINTELPRO spying and tactics under the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the rise of the Imperial Presidency and the Joint Special Operations Command
  11. 11. The World is a Battlefield • 2001-Present wars in: Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan • “The world is a battlefield and we are at war. Therefore, the Joint Special Operations Command can go wherever they please, and do whatever it is they want to do in order to achieve the national security objectives of whichever administration happens to be in power.” ~Anonymous JSOC informant, #DirtyWars
  12. 12. FBI COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) 1919 - 2013
  13. 13. 15,000 paid informants 45,000 ‘unofficial ones’ 10 times the size of the largest COINTELPRO program in the history of the United States
  14. 14. NYPD Spying Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impacts on American Muslims
  15. 15. 58% of Terror Trials had an informant at the center of the case
  16. 16. The Reality of the US War Machine
  17. 17. The Cost of War
  18. 18. US Drone Strikes in Pakistan
  19. 19. $4 Trillion Dollars on War 2001-2013
  20. 20. NSA Spying - ‘Boundless Informant’
  21. 21. War, and War Profiteering Related to Each of our campaigns •Lifelines to Healing •Campaign for Citizenship
  22. 22. American Muslim Demographic Data - 2012 • Numbers vary greatly on total Muslims in the US - Conservative estimates are between 2.6 Million and 10 Million - 250,000 Muslims in the Bay Area • Islam is the 2nd fastest growing religion in the United States • Almost 2/3rds of American Muslims are 1st generation immigrants (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia) • 37% of Muslims were born in the United States (Majority African American) • 1 out of 5 American Muslims is a Convert • Median age of Muslims throughout the world is 28 Years old, 60.4% of the global Muslim population is under the age of 29
  23. 23. Global Muslim Demographic Data - 2030 • 2.2 Billion Muslims in the World - 26.4% of the worlds population or 1 in 4 people on the planet • Nearly 60% of this population will be concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region • In the United States the population is expected to almost triple in size over the next twenty years • Total population growth in the United States expected to triple • The Median age of the global Muslim population will be 30 years old • 50.4% of the global Muslim population will be under 29 years old
  24. 24. Community Organizing Groups Educational Organizations African American Majority Organizations Warith Deen Muhammed Community Political/ Advocacy Organizations RIS National/ Conference based organizations 3rd Space - Think Tank International Aid Interfaith National Muslim Organizations
  25. 25. Muslim Organizing around Race and Identity - Example SF Bay Area • African American/ Converts - Warith Deen Muhammad Community, the Nation of Islam, Zaytuna College, Ta’leef Collective, • Arab - Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Arab Cultural and Community Center (San Francisco) • South Asian - DRUM - Desi’s Rising Up and Moving, Bay Area Solidarity Summer • Afghan - Afghans for Peace, Afghan American Muslim Outreach • Yemini - California Yemeni Youth for Change • Major Organizing also in: Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan, Iranian, Tunisian, and Somali
  26. 26. Regional Muslim organizing training at Zaytuna College
  27. 27. Imam Zaid Shakir - Co-founder, Zaytuna College
  28. 28. How we are thinking about this work moving forward • Critical that we understand the moral dilemma of what the Muslim community is facing and how that effects all of us as people of faith • Need to face down fear about multi-faith and Muslim organizing within the network • Do network wide webinars on Islam and American Muslims - with accompanying curricula available to all federations • Muslims are not denominational meaning we should organize regionally and not by congregation - can have strong clergy and mosque lead a number of mosques regionally related to organizing • Build out regional mapping in key areas: Bay Area, Southern California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Chicago • Majority of Federations have at least one mosque or Imam relationship • Support work going on in the Muslim community throughout the Network
  29. 29. Ideological Differences Amongst Muslims Religious Identity Views Dominant Racial Group Traditional Sunni Moderate, can be cultural Majority of Groups except Iranians African American Moderate, traditional African American Politics AA - Warith Deen Muhammad Community Salafi/ Wahabi Most Conservative Community Arab and South Asian, some African Americans Shi’a Moderate and often culturally Persian Persian/ Iranian Sufi Moderate and Spiritual Mixed, West African, Moroccan, Converts Secular/ Liberal Most socially liberal of all, often only Muslim by name All Groups
  30. 30. Previous Movements with Similar Size Populations •Undocumented/ DREAMer Movement •New Jim Crow - Formerly Incarcerated People •LGBTQ Movement •By re-framing the narrative, focused leadership development, focused financial investment and the growth of on the ground organizing •Each of these movements has been able to change or is changing the story about their communities and are shifting power
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