On April 2, Shoulder to Shoulder issued the following statement, in response to a recent wave of anti-Muslim threats:
We are alarmed by the recent wave of anti-Muslim flyers, promoting “Punish a Muslim Day” on April 3, that have raised concerns in several US cities and on social media, after they originally surfaced in London. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors against any and all acts of hate speech and violence, and reiterate the commitment of religious groups from across the spectrum to working together for inclusive and respectful communities.
Hate has no home in the United States, and no one should fear for their safety because of how they look, where they come from, or how they pray. Together, we must work to uphold our national ideals of dignity, equality, and religious freedom for all.
Read and share the statement here.
What can YOU do? Below are some resources for responding to these threats:
- Speak up: Use social media to voice your solidarity with Muslims on April 3. Find some samples and resources through the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign here.
- Reach out to your Muslim neighbors: Particularly in light of these threats, offer your support and solidarity. Recognize the psychological toll that threats like these take on your friends and neighbors.
- Share resources for reporting hate: If you or someone you know experiences a hate incident, you can report it to Muslim Advocates, who will follow up with support; or you can contact the pro-bono legal team at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee at email@example.com.
- Deepen your relationships with Muslims in your community. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like some help in taking the first step.