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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.
Last summer, American Muslims participated in more than 3,500 community service projects all around the country as part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” campaign. On September 11th, let’s show that we can rise above prejudice and hatred and be the kind of conscientious citizens who give back to our country through a national “Muslim Serve” campaign.
“Muslim Serve” is about demonstrating how Islamic values inspire Muslims to serve humanity, and is meant to highlight the great contributions that the Muslim community has provided and continues to provide our great nation.” ING is proud to endorse this campaign, and we encourage you to participate in your local community.
ING Surveys Show an Improvement in Perceptions of Islam and Muslims
Last month, a Time poll showed that many Americans hold suspicious views of Islam and that unfamiliarity might be partly behind some of the negative opinions of Muslims. In our fall edition of the ING newsletter we report on the impact of our work which was based on numerous types of evaluations that were conducted during the academic year between September 2009 and June 2010. Here are a few of the results:
- Before and After Surveys Show an Improvement of Perceptions of Muslims
- Interfaith Speakers Bureau Changes Hearts and Minds about People of Different Religious Backgrounds
- Teachers and University Faculty Find ING Content Relevant and both its Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus Effective
- Impact of ING Diversity Seminars for Leaders Overwhelmingly Positive
Preventing Bullying and Harassment in Schools
In light of the controversy surrounding the Park51 Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan and rising Islamophobic and bigoted protests against mosques across the country, we urge parents and students to work with their children’s school and school district to help prevent harassment and bullying by first learning about theirs and their children’s rights and responsibilities, and then secondly by reporting any form of harassment immediately to the proper authorities.