In 2010, ISNA helped convene Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values. This interfaith campaign is comprised of 28 national religious organizations united in their dedication to end anti-Muslim sentiment by strengthening the voice of freedom and peace. Shoulder-to-Shoulder works not only on a national level, but also offers strategies and support to local and regional efforts to address anti-Muslim sentiment and seeks to spread the word abroad.
By the summer of 2010, prejudice against Muslims had reached unprecedented intensity. Controversy raged over the decision to build a Muslim community center a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York City and threats to burn the Book of Qur’an in Florida continued to fill the stories of major media outlets.
In response, nearly 40 senior religious leaders convened at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 7th, 2010 for an emergency interfaith summit to challenge the recent increase in anti-Muslim sentiment and rhetoric. They released a powerful joint statement to stand in solidarity with their Muslim fellow Americans and held a press conference that was broadcast live by C-SPAN and CNN, covered by multiple national and international media outlets, and attended by White House staff. In order to continue the successful work of that event, Shoulder-to-Shoulder emerged as a coalition of national religious organizations dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment forever.
For more information on Shoulder to Shoulder, check out their website here.