After Friday’s horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand, I am reminded that Islamophobia knows no borders. I don’t care what your personal political beliefs, if people (whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or otherwise) being slaughtered during the vulnerable time of coming together as a community doesn’t disturb the hell out of you, I despair of you.
So, because we are all our own small piece of this world, I ask you to consider giving in your own small way. Here are some organizations to donate to, if that’s your thing.
To help the community in New Zealand:
A Muslim charity group, is raising money for funeral costs on its verified Facebook page.
A crowdfunding platform that focuses on the Muslim community, launched a campaign to support the greiving families and immediate community.
New Zealand Islamic Information Centre
Work with communities and the media to reinforce Islam’s peaceful message and correct misconceptions of Islam in New Zealand.
Muslim Advocacy Groups in the USA
Muslim Advocates is a legal advocacy organization that helps people learn about their rights and regularly takes on lawsuits challenging anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in the United States. The organization also works to shape policy and legislation affecting the lives of Muslim Americans.
Council On American-Islamic Relations
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is one of the most visible Muslim advocacy organization in the U.S. They have chapters in major cities across the country and, in addition to their civic work, they provide resources like pocket guides on legal rights, voter registration drives, and fellowship opportunities for Muslim Americans.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Working together for a world free of poverty.
American Friends Service Committee: Communities Against Islamophobia
Quaker organization training community leaders to work for peace and against Islamophobia. Also has many resources for self-training on being an advocate.
Council On American-Islamic Relations – Central Valley (Fresno and Sacramento)