Take a Stand Against Hate Speech and Violence

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Join ERW and take a stand against hate speech and violence.

Nationally, we have seen a significant increase in hate speech targeted toward the Muslim community. Much of that hate speech has been motivated by an agenda to divide and pit neighbors and friends against each other for political gain. We are better than that. We cannot let fear and xenophobia turn us against each other.

This talk and vitriol has created a climate of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hostility which we have not seen since the days after 9/11. Our Arab and Muslim communities are being harassed, assaulted and even killed because of other people’s unfounded fears and bigotry. We cannot stand by and let this happen.

Join us in supporting our Muslim and Arab communities, and help keep them safe from bigoted harassment and violence.

  • Call out hate speech when you hear it. Let those who trade in hate know that we stand together against tyranny and oppression.
  • If you see someone being threatened or harassed, call for help. Encourage victims of violence and harassment to contact CAIR-Washington to ensure these crimes are reported.
  • Reach out to your Muslim friends and neighbors and make sure they are feeling safe in their environments.
  • Contact your city, state and federal leaders and let them know that you do not support hate speech in politics or in media.Ask them to publicly support and protect our Muslim community during this vulnerable time.
  • Pro-actively use your voice to write op-eds, articles, blogs or Facebook posts that express support for our Arab and Muslim communities and your disgust with hate speech.

Let’s not let the rhetoric silence us or stop us from supporting our friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, our community knows all too well that hate speech leads to hate crimes. Please take a stand.

Monisha Harrell
Monisha Harrell
Monisha Harrell is the board chair of Equal Rights Washington.