6 Ways You Can Take Action This Saturday To Fight Hate
By Naureen Shah, Senior Director of Campaigns
Join thousands of activists around the country this Saturday to fight back against the rising tide of hate.
On Saturday June 10, ACT for America, an anti-Muslim and anti-refugee group, is organizing protests across country. They will explicitly target Muslim communities and raise Islamic law as a fear-mongering tactic. Some of these protests involve neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.
They’re calling these protests a “March for Human Rights.” Twisting the language of human rights to bash refugees, and promote bigotry like the Muslim ban? Not on our watch.
Everyone has the right to peaceful protest, including ACT for America and their partners. But we have the right to speak out, too — and we will challenge this tide of bigotry and hate. We will show up for everyone, because we believe that all people have the right to live their lives without fear of persecution.
Here are six ways you can act against hate this weekend:
1. Promote the America you believe in. Take a picture of yourself holding this sign (or make your own), and tag it on social media with #AmericaIBelieveIn #CounterACTHate. Join the social media conversation and make your voice heard.
2. Join the chorus. Add your name to the #CounterACTHate Thunderclap and join activists online in sending one shared message against hate.
3. Attend anti-bigotry protests — -safely. There are demonstrations against hate happening in many of the same cities where ACT for America is organizing its rallies (NYC, St. Paul MN, Raleigh NC, Mariposa CA; San Jose CA; and more).
Before entering any potentially dangerous situation, please be prepared. Check out Amnesty’s protest safety tips and guide for attending counter-protests.
4. Contact your member of Congress. With reports of hate-motivated violence in Portland and other places, and President Trump’s doubling down on the Muslim ban on Twitter, now is the time for your members of Congress to hear from you: No hate in my name. Congress must intervene to stop the Muslim ban, and stem this tide of hate. Send a message to your member of Congress.
5. Talk to your friends and family about hate. Hate isn’t just something that happens to other people, it affects all of us. That’s why each of us has a responsibility to speak out when it happens — whether it’s a casual slur or couched as a political opinion. Use our Reality Check on Anti-Muslim Hate. For thoughts on how to navigate tough conversations with your personal circles, and your community, download our guide.
6. Reach out to your neighbors. This is the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time when many Americans who are Muslim are hosting community events and iftars (when Muslims break their fast). Reach out to local community and religious groups and show solidarity by offering to join an interfaith or inter-cultural event. Show solidarity, and be a responsible ally. Our 10 tips for showing up in solidarity.