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December 26, 2022
Dear Friend and Supporter,
*Research has indicated that 68% of Muslim Americans have experienced Islamophobia; and of these, 76% experienced it recently
*94% report that Islamophobia affects their emotional and mental well-being
*88% censor their speech or actions from fear of how people might react to them
-2021 UC Berkeley Report
If Muslim Americans are experiencing such high rates of bigotry, it is incumbent upon all of us to address the source of the problem in order to prevent more harm. This bigotry is generally due to people’s ignorance or misrepresentations of Islam and/or because they have never gotten to know a Muslim. The situation is exacerbated by the media since, according to several studies, 80% of media coverage about Islam is negative. Additionally, very few television shows feature a positive Muslim character, less than 10% of movies include a Muslim character in a speaking role, and popular video games often feature Muslims as the enemy.
The struggle for an inclusive and just society has never been more important, which is why I am asking you to help us support the many professionals who work hard in their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging programs through education, training, and engagement.
At ING we don’t just work to counter Islamophobia. We counter other bigotries alongside our speakers from the Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Black, Asian, Latino/Hispanic and Native American communities because the sources of bigotry are similar and connected and should be opposed together.
Your gift today will help us continue supporting….
–Teachers who inspire learning about diverse groups
–Corporate employee resource groups building inclusive workspaces
–Police departments working with communities to combat hate
–Healthcare workers providing culturally competent services
–Muslim teens preventing bullying through education
Thanks to you, we’ve made tremendous progress throughout 2022, but there is an incredible amount of work that lies ahead. Help us continue our efforts next year through your generous support today. Give securely at www.ing.org/donate. Or send your donation to: ING, 3031 Tisch Way, 110 PW, San Jose, CA 95128.