Archive for October, 2015

PRESS RELEASE FROM ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

Armed Anti-Muslim Protest Response:
Coalition Building and Civic Engagement

On October 9th and 10th, 2015, some US based hate groups are planning to hold anti-Muslim protests and rallies in 20+ cities around the nation, targeting Mosques, high-traffic Muslim communities and government buildings. The targeted cities are listed below. Some of these hate groups are threatening to be armed and are encouraging other “so called Patriots” who have weapons to bring them out on those days. The rally is being promoted under the guise of “Global Rally for Humanity”; click here for details.

These hate groups will be exercising their Constitutional rights to engage in hateful speech and carry weapons with bullets. ISNA wants the Muslim community and other people of good conscience to also exercise their Constitutional rights. But rather than hateful speech and bullets, we will engage with positive speech and the ballot box.

ISNA is calling on Muslim communities to do the following action items:
Rather than retreating into inaction, Muslim communities and individuals across the country must defend religious freedom with greater civic engagement and coalition building.
Hold Voter Registration drives at your Islamic Centers as a response to the rallies.
Invite interfaith and community allies to join the voter drive.
Contact your elected officials and demand that they defend American pluralism and condemn these hateful protests.
Join the social media campaign using the#HateUnchecked hashtag at Friday 3pm EST to raise awareness about the need to defend American religious freedom, the rights of all Americans to worship free of intimidation and threats, and the rights of all Americans to be free from those who wish to manipulate using politics of fear.
Ask Muslim thought leaders to make short videos and write articles echoing this call to action.
Ask your interfaith partners to make the same call to action.
For the sake of safety, please do the following:
Stay Calm, peaceful and do not engage with protesters.
Do not invite protesters into the mosque for dialogue.
Notify the police if you live in a target city.
Check to make sure that all Mosque security cameras and locks are working properly.
Prepare a Security Checklist and make sure to have it available for key employees; perhaps post it on the Masjid website.
All federal agencies are emphasizing, “If you See Something, Say Something” immediately.
Encourage Imams to give a Khutbah on these anti-Muslim rallies in order to inform the congregants about how best to respond.
Be mindful that the Sikhs, often times, are mistaken for Muslims and are wrongly targeted. Please reach out to any Sikh friends, neighbors, temples and inform them of these threats.
ISNA has been in contact with numerous federal agencies, i.e. FBI, US Dept. of Justice and US Dept. of Homeland Security, and all of these agencies are aware of the protests and are communicating with local branches to ensure proper execution of security measures in the case of a real threat.
For more information on Protecting Houses of Worship, please visit the US Dept. of Homeland Security’s FEMA website:https://www.fema.gov/protecting-houses-worship
For Dept. of Homeland outreach and mosque security training, you may emailnicc@dhs.gov or emailcommunityengagement@hq.dhs.gov
For Dept. of Justice cultural competency trainings, go to www.justice.gov/crs
To report threats, email the FBI atwww.tips.fbi.gov
Below is a list of the 22 targeted mosques around the country where the threat of armed anti-Muslim protests is eminent. But be aware that unplanned protests can occur anywhere so be prepared even if you are not on the list. Please try to support these communities in the best way possible.

Feel free to reach out to Nadia Hassan, ISNA’s IOICA Program Coordinator, at nadia@isna.net if you require any further assistance.

1. Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center
10740 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Baltimore Division
410-265-8080

2. Masjid Muhammad
1519 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Washington Field Office
202-278-2000

3. Unknown name
206 Burrett St
Danville, VA
Richmond Division
804-261-1044

4. Islamic Center Of Charleston
1117 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Charlotte Division
704-672-6100

5. Islamic Center of NorthEast Florida
2333 St. John’s Bluff Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Jacksonville Division
904-248-7000

6. Islamic Center of Hernando County
6307 Barclay Ave
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Tampa Division
813-253-1000

7. Al-Farooq Masjid
442 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta Division
404-679-9000

8. Islamic Academy Of Huntsville
1645 Sparkman Dr. NW
Huntsville, AL 35816
Birmingham Division
205-326-6166

9. Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
2605 Veals Rd
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Memphis Division
901-747-4300

10. Louisville Islamic Center
4007 River Rd
Louisville, KY 40207
Louisville Division
502-263-6000

11.Islamic Center Of Northern Kentucky
8020 Action Blvd
Florence KY 41042
Louisville Division
502-263-6000

12. Islamic Center of America
19500 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
Detroit Division
313-965-2323

13. Muslim Center Of Racine
419 High St
Racine,WI 53402
Milwaukee Division
414-276-4684

14. Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City
3815 St Clair Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Oklahoma City
405-290-7770

15. Mansfield Islamic Center
6401 New York Ave Suite#135
Arlington, TX 76018
Dallas Division
972-559-5000

16. Abul Qasim Masjid
7341 McArdle Rd
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
Houston Division
713-693-5000

17. Khursheed Unissa Memorial Community Center
7432 S. Soncy Rd
Amarillo, TX 79119
Dallas Division
972-559-5000

18. Grand Junction Islamic Center
3096 I-70 Business Loop Unit F
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Denver Division
303-629-7171

19. Islamic Community Center of Phoenix
7516 N Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Phoenix Division
623-466-1999

20. Medford Police Department
411 W 8th St
Medford, OR 97501
Portland Division
503-224-4181

21. Islamic Center of Kitsap County
1318 Park Avenue
Bremerton, WA, 98337
Seattle Division
206-622-0460

22. Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
San Francisco Division
415-553-7400

23. ISNA Headquarters
6555 S. County Rd. 750 E.
Plainfield, IN 46168
317-839-8157​​