ISNA Stands with the Poor People’s Campaign
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival officially relaunched in May of 2018. At that time, the Islamic Society of North America announced our official endorsement of this momentous movement based on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 campaign of the same name. We continue to join hundreds of other prominent, mainstream faith-based organizations in our support for the Poor People’s Campaign and its urgent, ongoing mobilization against poverty, systemic racism, the war economy, and ecological devastation.
ISNA Testifies at September 2018 Congressional Hearing
On September 26, 2018, IOICA Director Colin Christopher and Chicago-based Muslim community leader Ameena Matthews joined other faith leaders part of the Poor People’s Campaign to testify before Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Members of Congress during a Special Hearing called by the Leader. Centering on issues of family separation, Christopher offered remarks on the social justice principles of Islam found in the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and his family.
“As Muslims, our tradition calls for us to stand alongside interfaith allies and others for equity and justice, as the Qur’an, and the life of the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him and his family, instruct us to do… this is really about ensuring basic human dignity for everyone.”
Matthews discussed how family separation occurs in many forms, and shared personal stories of how she experienced family separation as a young child that stemmed from systemic racism by law enforcement, resulting in lasting social and economic disparities. Other participants of Christian, Jewish, and Bahá’í backgrounds testified about how their families have been separated due to unaffordable health care, water shuts-offs, and border immigration policies.
The Islamic Society of North America is an official partner of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and sees the unjust treatment of people living in poverty as intricately linked to systemic inequality at all levels of society. To learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign and how you can get involved in one of its 40 state-based teams, visit: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/