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ING President Meets with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

The Honorable Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan. 06/25/10- ING President Maha Elgenaidi participated in a meeting this week hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. Leaders of secular and faith-based organizations were invited for a briefing and dialogue on the President’s education agenda and the critical role of community based organizations in American education. Moderated by Peter Groff, Director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the meeting had among its speakers and discussants Arne Duncan, the honorable U.S. Secretary of Education; Martha Kanter, Under Secretary; Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary; Joshua DuBois, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and, Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. The discussion centered around the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which you can learn more about on the Department’s website. Read More

Preventing Bullying & Harassment, Back to School and Park51 NYC Mosque; 8/30/10

Over 55 million young people will be going back to K-12 schools this fall. While school is generally a place of learning and friendship, one of three students will experience bullying. That is over 18 million students. Many of them will include Muslim, Sikh, Arab and other children from minority religious and ethnic communities. Students who are bullied have both their grades and health suffer. Read More

Muslim Serve”/ING Improves Perceptions of Islam and Muslims

Join "Muslim Serve" Nationwide Effort on 9/11 In light of the disturbing political and social environment in the country, a national grassroots coalition of American Muslims asks you to do something special this Eid (Muslim holiday following Ramadan) – invite your family and friends and community to be a part of a nationwide effort to spend the anniversary of 9/11 in service to your neighbors and your city. Read More

A Call to Action: Join ‘Muslim Serve’ National Campaign for Service & Understanding on 9/11

This year, our Eid ul-Fitr celebrations will take place during the weekend of September 11th, a date that carries with it painful memories and deep sadness for all of us. While a small but increasingly vocal group of bigots will be staging public demonstration of their hate at Ground Zero and burning Qurans in front of a tiny church in Florida, we should take this opportunity to demonstrate who we are as American Muslims and organize activities that reflect the core values we cherish from our faith including mercy, compassion, service, and mutual understanding. Read More

ING Interfaith Statement for One America

A Call to Action for Deeper Understanding & Mutual Respect As community and religious leaders representing people of many faiths in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are deeply troubled by the current wave of bigotry and hate directed at Islam and Muslims in the United States. We recognize that there is a wide range of strongly held views about the location selected for the Islamic Center in New York near Ground Zero and that disagreement with the decision is not tantamount to attacking a religious group. At the same time, there is a growing pattern of anti-mosque protests and other actions directed at American Muslims in many parts of the country that aim to demonize Islam in the name of protecting America from Muslim radicals and extremists. Read More

Shana Tova and Eid Mubarak! 9/8/10

ING Interfaith Statement for One America A Call to Action for Deeper Understanding & Mutual Respect As community and religious leaders representing people of many faiths in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are deeply troubled by the current wave of bigotry and hate directed at Islam and Muslims in the United States. Read More

Federal Guidance Specific to Religion Based Harassment in Schools; 10/27/10

ING is pleased to call attention to federal guidelines issued in October, 2010 by the Department of Education that are specific to religion-based harassment in schools. The guidance emphasizes that harassment related to a student’s religion can trigger a school’s responsibilities to investigate and remedy the harassment under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While Title VI does not cover discrimination based solely on religion, groups that face discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics may not be denied protection under Title VI on the ground that they also share a common faith. These principles apply to students from any discrete religious group that shares, or is perceived to share, ancestry or ethnic characteristics (e.g., Jews, Muslims, or Sikhs). Thus, harassment against students who are members of any religious group triggers a school’s Title VI responsibilities when the harassment is based on the group’s actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, rather than solely on its members’ religious practices. A school also has responsibilities under Title VI when its students are harassed based on their actual or perceived citizenship or residency in a country whose residents share a dominant religion or a distinct religious identity. The full press release with links to the guidance is as follows: Read More