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Collective of Muslim-identified women, femmes, and non-binary people of color aims to build and strengthen their own spaces for healing and organizing.
CHICAGO, IL – In the wake of the recent election results and the impact of this election cycle on Muslim communities, a new group, Chicago Muslim Healing & Organizing Collective, is forming in the city. They are asking for resources to build and strengthen their own spaces for healing and organizing.
Statement from Chicago Muslim Healing & Organizing Collective
We are Muslim-identified women, femmes, and non-binary people of color who have been negotiating systematic mass surveillance, structural violence, and a culture of Anti-Muslimism that has only accelerated since the start of the presidential elections. In light of last week’s election results and the impact of this election cycle on our communities, we feel an increased urgency to support our communities.
We are starting an organizing collective of Muslim femmes & non-binary people in Chicago to organize, heal, and build–and are calling for your support.

Our communities sit at intersections of state violence both within the borders of the U.S. and outside of them. In the past fifteen years, we have seen an increase in deportations, surveillance, and violent crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim (such as Christian Arabs and Sikhs). These numbers have only been rising exponentially with no end in sight. We refuse to normalize this reality for the next four years and beyond.

 

No, safety pins are not going to keep us safe or thriving. White savior “solidarity” that postures itself as protectors of Muslim women and femmes in need saving is infantilizing at best and misogynistic at worst. It has not helped us in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Palestine, and it will not help us now in the United States. In this moment, we are asking for support–but support that is based on our needs as people who experience these forms of oppression directly–rather than projected and assumed needs from those outside our community. We are asking for resources to build and strengthen our own spaces for healing and organizing.

 

It is important to note that while we identify as Muslim, we are not only Muslim. We exist at the intersection of many identities. We are Muslim and queer, Black, Brown, African, Arab, Desi, Persian, refugee, migrant, immigrant, and students, among other identities. Our work in this moment is to prioritize political education within our communities–to share strategies for supporting ourselves and one another against individual or state-based violence. At large, Muslims are a small population in the U.S., so it is imperative for us to self-determine our fight and solidarity locally and globally.

 

As we build together, our needs will grow and change! This is not meant just as a reaction to the election, and we have been imagining this space long before. This is ongoing work to grow spaces where our communities can thrive, not just survive.

 

We are asking our family, friends, community, neighbors, and allies for support. We see immediate needs of at least $5,000 in startup funds to cover self-defense trainings; print and produce zines, “know your rights” pamphlets, and other political educational materials; secure accessible and safe meeting spaces; conduct virtual and in-person outreach; and build other community-based projects and initiatives designed to keep our people safe.

 

We just launched our fundraising efforts and the link to donate and support our work is here:

 

bit.ly/muslimsorganizeWe ask for your help in sharing our fundraiser with your family, friends, and networks. Follow us on twitter at@muslimsorganize.

And of course, please let us know if there is any way we can support your work.

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