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"Hello, Brother" 

The culmination of many years of hate speech toward Muslims resulted in a slaughter of 50 Muslims praying at a mosque all the way in a peaceful land named New Zealand. To address this specific incident MPV put out a brief statement (please see below). Heads of State from most Muslim and non-Muslim countries were quick to condemn the attack.
Muslim States condemned Western States for enabling such white supremacist hate to propagate in the name of Freedom of Speech, while forgetting many of them themselves teach hate in school curriculums and especially in religious institutions with Islam as the “supreme” religion. That version of Islam is just as supremacist as white supremacist ideology.

If Western states want to truly defuse terrorism, they need to draw the line a little further out. Hate speech is the manure to violence. This applies to non-violent but hateful rhetoric too, regardless of what that religion or ideology is. A few months ago, I proposed the idea of taxing hate speech. If we are going to allow freedom of expression to go rampant, we can at least use the tax raised on hate speech to help assist those on the receiving end and to rebuild what hate has destroyed. So why not give it a serious consideration?   

Before 71 year-old Haji Daoud Nabi was killed in New Zealand, he greeted his murderer with “hello, brother” only to be gunned down.

Can we please set aside our hate, prejudice, reset ourselves to a time when we didn’t know what hate was, and when we didn’t carry it in our hearts.

Hello Brother, Sister…..






Ani Zonneveld
 
 
 
 
 
  • President's Letter
  • Statement on Christchurch
  • U.N. Updates
  • Chapter Updates
  • MPV in the News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
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Statement on Christchurch Shooting 

LOS ANGELES - March 15, 2019 - We belong to God and to God we return. May the Creator grant peace to those in Christchurch and ease the pain of their loved ones.

The hatred that led to this incident is the latest manifestation of a bigger problem worldwide. In whatever context or nation such executions occur, the language of hate is the underlying motivator that empowers the murderous among us and perpetuates the deadly game of vendetta they play, regardless of whose side they are on. Today we mourn the deaths of Muslims in New Zealand, but we do not ignore other atrocities occurring elsewhere that are perpetuated against non-Muslims. Compassion and justice are not exclusive properties restricted to either tribal affiliation or belief system.

The Christchurch massacre is a stark reminder that the hateful words of people in power have dreadful consequences for the innocent. As we show compassion for our own, let us extend it to all. Let us reject the rhetoric of any leader who pits us against each other, be that leader a president, a politician or a religious authority. God knows who they are and sees what they do.

We also recommend you read Ani Zonneveld’s Op-Ed on the Sultan of Brunei’s implementation of stoning for same-sex and illicit sex titled: The Sultan of Brunei’s Sharia Law Is the Antithesis of Islam.
 
 
 
 
 
U.N. Update 

Commission on the Status of Women  

March 20, 2019: Launch of Strategy on Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: A Multistakeholder Strategy for Accelerated Action. As a partner organization of U.N. Women on this initiative, Ani Zonneveld was invited to speak at the high-level launch event bringing together government representatives, civil society organizations and UN partners with the primary objective of generating awareness on the important role of gender equal laws in the achievement of gender equality and reinforcing the importance of eliminating discriminatory laws in all countries. Ani presented MPV’s focus area and strategy which, you can watch on U.N. Web TV (starts on 59'48").

March 22, 2019: Ani Zonneveld spoke on Preventing Gender-Based Violence: the Role of Religious Actors. Watch her speech on U.N. Web TV, which offers a few recommendations (starts on 47'19"), but we recommend you listen to this excellent program in its totality.
 
 
 
 
 
National Update: MPV-Ambassador

MPV-Ambassador Blair Imani has been promoting the organization nationally at various events. On March 27, 2019 Blair spoke at the Harvard LGBTQ Conference on a panel titled “Commodified Life: Queer Spiritual Care & Fightback in Late Capitalism,” which was attended by 50 conference members and included author Darnell Moore and Executive Director of Soulforce, Haven Michael Herrin. 


On March 11, 2019, Blair Imani spoke at SXSW on a multifaith panel titled “Tikkun Alam” alongside Rev. Sekou, Author Jeffrey Marsh, and Actor Milana Vayntrub. Imani spoke about the ways that Muslims for Progressive Values inspires people to use the Islamic faith for justice.
 
 
 
 
 
Chapter Updates 


MPV NY

On March 22, MPV-NY hosted a Friday Jum’a Prayer & opportunity to reflect on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand. MPV-NY community members gathered to pray Maghrib together and created a space for participants to share feelings in a judgement free space. Participants discussed how to reconcile as an Ummah and move forward.

April 19: MPV-NY will be hosting the fourth of a series of monthly Friday Jum’a Prayers with a discussion on pertinent matters for the community. To participate and get more information, please stay tune to sign up options and further detail either through MPV-NY event page or MPV-NY Meetup.

MPV-DC

On March 9, MPV-DC hosted its monthly prayer/halaqa at the Cleveland Park Public Library. MPV-DC community members gathered to pray and read and discuss verses of the Quran from the Study Quran. On March 24, MPV-DC hosted its monthly film screening. In recognition of women’s history month, MPV-DC screened the film Divine Women: When God was a Girl.

On April 6, MPV-DC will be hosting a spring social. On April 20, MPV-DC will host a film screening of Cities of Light: the Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain at the Cleveland Park Public Library.  On April 28, MPV-DC will host a group prayer/halaqa also at the Cleveland Park Public Library.

MPV Boston 

Community support after the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand served as a stark reminder to our members of islamophobia’s growing influence around the world. Members of MPV-Boston met for lunch and group prayer the weekend after the Christchurch shootings. Members also attended a peace vigil with members of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom outside Cambridge City hall on March 19,  and organized with area interfaith groups to visit the Burlington and Wayland mosques in solidarity on March 22.

MPV-Boston participated in Immigrants Day at the Massachusetts State House on March 3.This event was the biggest lobbying day of the year for immigrants, refugees, and allies.  MPV-Boston members attended to hear speeches by local leaders and to visit state legislators to advocate for priority bills and funding.

MPV-Boston is very pleased to be presenting the opening of two Queer Muslim films, Bird of the Borderlands and Queer Muslim Shorts, at Boston’s biggest LGBTQA+ film festival known as Wicked  Queer Film Festival. Two organizers from the team are planning to introduce our incredibly inclusive community to theatre full of LGBTQA+ identified folks.