Community Statements

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good news. Around the time of the start of the current school year, ING had repeatedly urged the Department of Education to send a notice to schools nationwide that would reinforce policies against harassment and bullying. We were very concerned about the impact of the NYC Islamic Center controversy on the safety of Muslim, Arab and South Asian students. Our initiative included an ING letter to Secretary Arne Duncan.

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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:

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Thank you for your continued support and generous gifts to ING.

Your support this year has helped build a more peaceful, harmonious community by allowing us to:

  • Reach thousands of students, community members, service providers and professionals through the Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus
  • Build relationships among members of the Bay Area’s diverse communities
  • Expand our work nationally by partnering with other communities around the country that have benefited from our expertise and programs
  • Work with federal agencies to help prevent harassment and hate

 

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