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Mainstream Muslims are speaking out against terrorism and fanaticism, clearly and consistently. Non-Muslim people often forget that Muslim populations are amongst the first victims of terrorism in Africa, Middle East, Europe, and North America. When attacks happened in the Western World, Muslims are also the victims of the bloodshed. Muslim citizens are part of our societies, it is important to build strong ties with mainstream Muslims to fight radicalization and extremism. Especially when unfairly singled out the Muslim community is considered as a factor of recruitment by ISIS and other extremist groups.
The three-year national campaign which will also be extended to Europe in 2018 entitled, “Muslims Are Speaking Out” is aimed at showing the larger public that Muslims are denouncing extremism, fanaticism and terrorism and thereby empowering Muslims (and non-Muslims alike) to speak out against terrorism and raise their voice loudly to continue their fight against the Muslim extremists who have hijacked the narrative of Islam.
The goal of the campaign is to correct unfair misconceptions and misunderstanding toward Muslims. Especially as a large part of them consider that Muslims are all violent and extremists or at least that Muslims never speak out against terrorism assuming that they are silent because they support terrorist’s ideology.
The initiative has received the support from major US Muslim organizations and leaders.
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Today, I am a Muslim Too Rally - Times Square, New York, February 19, 2017
Thousands of New Yorkers representing a myriad of backgrounds and faiths, converged in Times Square on Sunday, February 19th, 2017, and joined a coalition led by Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Imam Shamsi Ali, in a demonstration of support for the American Muslim community.
RUSSELL SIMMONS HONORED AT UNITED AMERICAN MUSLIM DAY PARADE 2016 IN NEW YORK
FFEU Chairman Russell Simmons was among the community and interfaith leaders, elected representatives and celebrities who marched with thousands of Muslim New Yorkers in the 31st Annual United American Muslim Day Parade in New York City on Sept. 25, 2016 Simmons marched alongside participants such as Grand Marshall Khizr Khan, Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim center and a close collaborator with FFEU and New York City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito.
The theme of the American Muslim Day Parade and Street Fair, which ran from 38th Street in Manhattan down Madison Ave to 24th Street was ’For God and Country’ In addition to Muslim-Americans—many clutching flowers—from all parts of the city, members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Muslim Officers Society also marched.
WASHINGTON D.C. ANNUAL UNITY WALK AND 9/11 COMMEMORATION EVENT
On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier delivered a powerful address calling on people of all faith backgrounds to speak out against the dangers of anti-Muslim prejudice at the Islamic Center of Washington at the conclusion of the Annual Unity Walk in Washington DC on Sept 11, 2016. Thousands of Washingtonians of all faiths took part in the Unity Walk, sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, to build harmony between religions.
According to Rabbi Schneier, "When American Muslims are under attack, we all have a responsibility to speak out and to defend and protect their rights. As a rabbi, I believe that there is nothing more Jewish to do than to fight Islamophobia, and there is nothing more Christian to do than to fight Islamophobia."
#MASO PSA FEATURED AT 53Rd ANNUAL CONVENTION OF ISNA
Walter Ruby and #MASO Muslims Are Speaking Out PSA filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny attended the Islamic Center of North America's (ISNA) 53rd Annual Convention #ISNA53 in Chicago on Sept. 4, 2016. The #MASO PSA was screened and enthusiastically received at Interfaith Banquet culminating the ISNA Convention.
#MASO's Campaign Launch Party at L.A. Reid's house in New York City on May 26, 2016
March for America (Washington, DC)
FFEU's Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby was among the featured speakers at the American Muslim March on Washington held on July 23rd, 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The March for America was convened by American Islam, an Orlando, Florida-based organization headed by Imam Muhammad Musri, together with the support of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). Among the other speakers were Rabbi Steven Engel, Rev. Bryan Fulwider, ISNA National Director Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Imam Mohamed Hag Magid ADAMS Center, Pastor Joan Bell Haynes, Luby Ismail, Imam Talib Shareef, Andrea Barron of Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding and Comedian Preacher Moss.