(NEW YORK, NY, 5/2/2015) – The Islamic Movement for Justice stands in solidarity with the victims of police brutality and all communities targeted by state violence. In Baltimore, New York, Ferguson and across the country, justice has not yet been served, and IMJ reminds Muslim communities nationwide to understand and struggle against the oppression of all people, especially Black, Native and minority communities.
Indictments of six Baltimore police officers involved in the murder of Freddie Gray do not guarantee justice, just as video footage of the murder of Eric Garner by the New York City Police Department did not guarantee indictments. The movement to rectify the imperialist nature of the US government is larger than one court case, but depends on our sustained and united effort. IMJ recognizes that many of our young sisters and brothers have not yet learned the dark side of the history of the Americas, even if they know the trauma of being the target of bigotry by experience. We hope to help our people understand the past and present of anti-Black oppression and the righteous resistance it has aroused, so that people of faith may better support not only our many Black brothers and sisters in Islam but all of our brothers in humanity with whom we share common cause.
IMJ specifically asks Muslim communities and allies to:
LEARN: Read and listen to the people directly affected, and understand the urgency of the conflict at hand. We appreciate the work of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) in collecting and building resources for Muslim communities.
EDUCATE: Get your family, friends and masjid talking, not for the sake of debate but to prepare ourselves for action. Share “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” by Naeem Baig, President of the Islamic Circle of North America.
ORGANIZE: Support efforts for justice in your own area. Support social services as always, but film police interactions, protest abuses, and push for policy changes.
The Islamic Movement for Justice is a grassroots organization founded to liberate bodies and minds from oppression through Islamic social organization and education.
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Islamic Movement for Justice