Statements & Press

  • President Sets A Bad Precedent

    February 15, 2019
    The President has set a bad precedent by declaring a State of Emergency over a manufactured crisis, which will in turn divert money away from legitimate crises in our midst. We condemn this decision and will join any effort to oppose their attempt to reallocate funds from those in need toward a totem of racism and xenophobia.

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  • Justice for Some: The Impact of Dunn v. Ray

    February 15, 2019
    The Supreme Court has ruled to give preferential treatment to one American religious group over another. Dunn v. Ray demonstrated that “a Christian prisoner may have a minister of his own faith accompany him,” while a Muslim prisoner may not. We condemn this decision that rules against religious neutrality and fails to treat all citizens with equal fairness and dignity.

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  • Criticizing AIPAC’s influence over Congress

    February 11, 2019
    The recent outrage over Rep. Omar’s tweet criticizing AIPAC’s influence over Congress suggests that those that turn a critical lens on Israeli policies that violate international human rights become a target of being labeled an anti-Semite.

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  • Pope's UAE Message of Human Fraternity

    February 8, 2019
    On February 5th, Pope Francis concluded a historic three-day trip to the United Arab Emirates. The pope spoke in favor of religious freedom and against the moral atrocities which result from a lack thereof. Still, the true test of his aspirational message will be whether it informs policy and practice which reflect a meaningful and universal religious pluralism.

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  • We stand with Jussie Smollett

    January 29, 2019
    We were horrified to learn of the racist and homophobic attack against Jussie Smollett, which hit close to home for us. This is an issue we have been working hard to move the needle on. We stand by Jussie Smollett and all those who stand to be affected by the normalization of such incidents.

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  • Due Process for Marzieh Hashimi

    January 24, 2019
    American Muslim journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, has been arrested and detained by the FBI with no formal charge. She claims to have had her feet shackled, her hijab forcibly removed, and to have been forced to eat pork. We call on the FBI to afford her due process and fair treatment.

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  • Congress Calls for Human Rights in China

    January 24, 2019
    H.Res.649 and S.178 were introduced in the House and Senate condemning gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang province, calling for "an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.” Take action to support this important legislation.

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  • Citizenship Question Goes to Vote

    January 17, 2019
    On Tuesday, January 15th, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. While an important vote in favor of the integrity of the Census has been cast, the fight is far from over.

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  • S.1 Fails for a Third Time

    January 15, 2019
    On January 14th, Senate Majority Leader McConnell tried and failed for a third time to introduce S.1, the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act” for a vote. S.1 would appropriate government funds toward Israel’s security and defense programs and enact legislation that would unconstitutionally penalize participation in BDS activities, a First Amendment protected right.

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  • Trump’s Call for a Wall

    January 9, 2019
    On Tuesday, January 8th, President Trump delivered a televised address in an attempt to foment xenophobic hysteria over a fabricated border security crisis. To date, his administration’s policies have led to a human rights crisis and the systematic oppression of people at the border. Contrary to his statement, we believe the possibility still exists for a humane comprehensive immigration policy with strong and effective border security which allows our nation as a whole, regardless of race, religion, creed or ability to benefit.

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