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September 10, 2010

2010.09.10: Still On: Tomorrow’s March Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Filed under: 9/11,Civil Liberties,Islamophobia,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:22 am

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:22 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Still On: Tomorrow’s March Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry

[Legal observers are still needed for this event]

The Emergency March Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is On!

Join us on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1 pm Park Place & Broadway – NY City Hall Park

for a March and Rally

SAY NO TO RACISM AND ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY!

SAY YES TO UNITY AND SOLIDARITY!

The Forces of Hate Are Still Planning to Rally Sept. 11!

That is Not the Face of New York City, and We Will Not
Let Them Own That Day! We Will Be There Too!

Join Us!

Are We Still Marching on September 11th?   YES!

Thursday afternoon the top media story was racist Pastor Terry Jones in Gainesville, Florida announcing that he was cancelling his planned 9/11 Quran burning. This came after heavy pressure from the White House and Pentagon fearful of the response in the Muslim world. It is also a grassroots victory based on the mass mobilization against this ugly threat taken on in Gainesville, Florida by the local Students for a Democratic Society – SDS.

Jones claimed to have an agreement  from the organizers of the Park51 Islamic Community Center to move the center. This was soon exposed as a lie.

We can be certain that pressure will continue on the Islamic Community Center to move, both from openly racist media, politicians and Tea Party types, as well as from White House and Pentagon figures trying to defuse an explosive situation.

And we can also be certain that the media will continue to ask organizers of the Unity Against Racism Rally, “Why not postpone your rally in case this can all be worked out? Why are you still marching?”

We ask, in turn:

  • Have the racists and anti-Muslim bigots called off their 9/11 hatefest? The opposition to this bigotry, and a call for unity, equal rights and solidarity with Muslims was always the motivation behind the Unity Rally on September 11.
  • Have the racists agreed to stop their nationwide campaign of mosque desecration and vandalism, of shooting, physical attacks, and harassment of worshippers, of trying to ban construction of new mosques and community centers?
  • Have the media and politicians agreed to stop their campaign of lies against Islam, claiming it is not deserving of the respect shown other religions?
  • Have those saying the Park51 location is “insensitive” changed their view that Islam is a second-class religion which somehow besmirches “sacred ground”?
  • Have the White House and Pentagon agreed to call off their murders of people in predominantly Muslim countries, via war, drone attacks and assassinations? Have they agreed to free those illegally detained, abused, and tortured in Guantanamo and elsewhere? Are they withdrawing their “security-secrets” rationale for denying Muslim victims of torture the right to sue to expose and seek redress for their ill-treatment? Is it stopping FBI infiltration of mosques and harassment and intimidation of worshippers? Is the Justice Department ending its campaign of “preemptive prosecutions” of Muslims?

Unfortunately, we must answer NO to all of the above questions. And, therefore, we say in the spirit of unity, equal rights and solidarity:

YES, WE ARE STILL MARCHING – UNITED, DETERMINED AND STRONG – ON SEPTEMBER 11TH!  JOIN US!

For more information, please see : http://www.iacenter.org/­muslimsolidarity/

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