Hate Crime

Support Portland Heroes

Your DGB for today is to donate to the funds set up by the Muslim community for the heroes in Portland who jumped in between a violent racist and two Muslim teens last week and/or one set up to help the two girls who were targeted.

On May 26th, two Muslim women on the train in Portland, OR, were verbally assaulted by a white supremacist spewing hate speech. In the process of trying to protect the women and diffuse the situation, three good samaritans were stabbed by the supremacist. Two of the men, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, made the ultimate sacrifice and the third, Micah Fletcher, sustained serious injuries. The funds raised for them will go first to short-term needs of the families such as medical bills and funeral expenses; and then to longer term needs. Funds raised for the two girls will go towards basic expenses as well as transportation (as you can imagine, they are not too keen on public transport these days) and mental health services.

Hate crimes - particularly against Muslims - seem to be flourishing in the Trump era, but ordinary Americans are stepping up and speaking out in record numbers. If you can spare even as little as a couple dollars for these brave folks and their families, please give. 

We also urge you to brush up on your training for safe and effective bystander intervention. Stay safe out there, Grabbers!

 

 

Fight Islamophobia

Your DGB for today is to counter a resurgence of Islamophobia, and support our Muslim brothers and sisters by getting involved locally. 

On January 27th, POTUS made us all reach for our TUMS for the umpteenth time by signing an executive order freezing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order went into effect immediately, and chaos at our nation’s airports ensued. Teams of lawyers working pro-bono swooped in to help stranded and panicking travelers, and the outraged among us showed up en masse to protest. Later a federal judge issued an emergency stay that provided relief for some affected travelers, which was then held up by the Ninth Circuit.  Here’s a timeline of what went down. In addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that anti-Muslim hate groups have almost tripled in number from 2015 to 2016.

How can you support immigrants’ rights, and counter xenophobia and Islamophobia? We recently asked you to donate to the ACLU (and you did, right?) which is a good start.  We also want you to consider attending a pro-immigrant rally in your city or state. There’s going to be a large Immigrants’ March in DC on May 6th, and sister marches and rallies may spring up near you. Your local mosques and Islamic cultural centers also need some love these days. Consider calling them and asking how you can show support. Find a mosque near you here.

If you are Muslim and the ban is personally affecting you and/or your family, please contact the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations for help. If you’ve been a victim of, or a witness to a hate crime, report it to the Southern Poverty Law Center here.