Will you join us to build peace?

As we head into the last days of the blessed Islamic month of Ramadan, you still have a chance of reaping the benefits and rewards of giving in this month while joining us in our peacemaking work. Since shelter-in-place orders, the demand for ING content has grown exponentially and monthly viewership of our digital content has multiplied to 50X its past reach. Our team is working hard to migrate our vast library of existing content to meet this increased demand. Join us by making a gift today.

Webinar: Responding
Collectively to Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder

From left to right, top to bottom, Maha Elgenaidi (ING), Ishaq Pathan (ING), Dr. Hien Do (San Jose State University), Rabbi Melanie Aron (Shir Hadash Synagogue), Dr. Mansa Bilal King (Morehouse College), Rev. Ray Montgomery (PACT-SJ), Marcos Pizarro (San Jose State University), and Shannon Rivers (Akimel O’otham Tribe).

Watch our most recent online Intercultural Speakers Bureau panel addressing Ahmaud’ Arbery’s case, and how we must respond both collectively and individually to counter all forms of bigotry, racism and violence against marginalized communities. To view the panel discussion and calls to action about this critical topic, visit this page.

ING’s Virtual Interfaith Iftars are Available Online
Attended by 75 guests

A few participants from the virtual iftar on May 7th

If you missed ING’s two interfaith virtual iftars, they are now available for your viewing online. Both featured speakers from the three Abrahamic faiths followed by the breaking of the fast. Combined they were attended by 75 guests.

The first virtual iftar on May 7th focused on the topic of “Reviving and Maintaining Spirituality While Social Distancing” in light of adjustments to recent holidays and Ramadan during the pandemic. To view the video of this iftar, visit this page.

The second interfaith iftar on May 14th focused on the topic of “Celebrating Motherhood in Religious Tradition” in commemoration of Mother’s Day on May 10th. To view the video of this iftar, visit this page.

ING Staff Participate in San Francisco Interfaith Council’s Zoom Webinars

ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan speaking on the San Francisco Interfaith Council Briefing

ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan spoke on a San Francisco Interfaith Council Briefing on “Conducting Zoom Calls with Confidence”. He addressed how the Muslim community across the country has been targeted by on-line harassment and intrusions also known as “zoombombing” that are intended to disrupt, shock, and intimidate communities already experiencing the trauma of social distancing and COVID-19. View the recording here.

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi spoke today on a San Francisco Interfaith Council Briefing on “Addressing COVID-19 Hate Speech Targeted at Asian People.” She spoke about the bigotry that Muslims Americans are also facing, its roots in constructed historical narratives that have been institutionalized in all aspects of society, and how to overcome the consequences through solidarity among all Americans in order to protect American values and ideals. View the recording here.

Relating to the issue of bigotry towards Asian Americans, at the outset of the first attacks blaming Chinese Americans for the pandemic, ING immediately responded by holding two webinars on the topic that were viewed nearly 200,000 times, which you can find here.

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi among
10 Prominent U.S Muslim Figures

Muslim, a new online magazine and an off-shoot of the popular MuslimGirl featured ten prominent Muslim figures who have made an impact within the Muslim American community for their publication launch in the month of Ramadan. One of them is ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi featured here, where she speaks about her advocacy and experience over the last 27 years.

Public Service Announcements

Join the San Francisco Bay Area in a Unified Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebration on Sunday, May 24, 8am – 12pm at NorCalCouncil.org/Live

Marking the end of Ramadan on Sunday, Bay Area Muslims have planned an unprecedented Eid celebration online. Representing three dozen mosques and Muslim non-profits, the event will reflect the ethnic diversity of the region. View the program here.

The 2020 Census is here. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed each year to support vital Federal, state and local programs used by communities across the country, and especially during this pandemic. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, and critical services in areas like nutrition assistance and emergency preparedness. Census results inform public policy and business decisions that shape community development, infrastructure and job creation—for the next decade. If you have not yet filled out the Census, you can do so online right here!

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