NATIONAL PETITION CAMPAIGN OPPOSING MUSLIM REGISTRY
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We, the undersigned individuals of all religions, races and nationalities, oppose the creation of a mandatory federal registry or other list of Muslims living in our communities and nation. We oppose the perception that any religion, nationality or race is a categorical threat to the health, safety and welfare of the U.S.
We also pledge, if any such registry or list is created by the federal government, to willingly sign up - regardless of our won religion, nationality or race - as an act both of solidarity and unity with our immigrant Muslim brothers and sisters and as an act of defiance against the overt discrimination, xenophobia and racism that a Muslim or nationality registry represents, a possible portion of the proposal by President Donald Trump to ban all immigration to the U.S.
Muslim citizens (wether U.S. born or immigrants from scores of other nations) have made positive contributions to every sector of our nation - government, economy, military, education, science, health care, culture and sports & entertainment.
It's a historical fact that Muslims of African descent interacted with and lived among native/indigenous people in North America prior to the transatlantic enslavement. More than 30% of Africans enslaved and transported were Muslim, none were Christian. Enslavement and forced immigration resulted in cultural, religious, mental, social psychological, familial, economic and political genocide. We will not sit back as spectators and watch another genocide process take place.
Blind fear of "The Other" is what drives the proposed Muslim or nationality registry. It's based on the doctrine of "guilty until proven innocent" rather than "innocent until proven guilty" - a foundational concept of the U.S. legal system. It's also a violation of the basic constitutional rights of the U.S. legal system. It's also a violation of basic constitutional rights and reminiscent of the early stages of what became the categorical internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent into concentration camps during WWII.
Indiscriminate acts of violence by terrorists in the name of Islam re illegitimate and ignorant justifications for creating a Muslim or nationality registry. These terrorists are not followers of Islam, but extremist fanatics seeking to legitimize their actions and recruit others. Many terrorist acts abroad have killed more Muslims than persons of any other religion. We will not be fooled to think these actions represent mainstream Muslim beliefs and actions.
Martin Luther King, whose life we celebrate today, said: "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." We will not be silent and inactive when blatant discrimination and potential oppression is a reality.
Finally, this national campaign is intentionally being launched on Martin Luther King Day in Lorain, Ohio - an international city of many religions, cultures and nationalities, but also a city experiencing severe economic hardship due to deindustrialization. The power elite to distract attention away from structural economic and political injustices and oppressions often scapegoats immigrants, people of color, the poor, women and others who make up "The Other". Immigrants have been and will continue to be targeted as the cause for economic calamities among the working and lower classes. We will not get caught up in this "blame game". We refuse to be divided and conquered by political and economic elites, responsible for our economic hardships to begin with, who use disunity to further consolidate their power and enrich their pockets.
We stand in opposing a Muslim registry and pledge to sign up if one is created.
Sponsored by the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR URBAN PEACE, JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT.
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