April Resource Roundup
Our monthly Shoulder to Shoulder Community & Congregational Network Call is an opportunity to convene and connect with interfaith and community organizations and leaders throughout the country who are, in some capacity, addressing anti-Muslim discrimination in the U.S. In our meetings, members share resources, problem solve, and reflect on this important work. The notes below are a selection of public resources and events shared by network members and our various partners and friends. If you’re interested in learning more about our S2S Community Network, contact us and/or check out our website.
Shoulder to Shoulder Programmatic Updates:
- Check out the opinion pieces, newsletters, blog posts, statements, videos, radio pieces, and other publications that capture the spirit of this campaign. Including pieces from network members and leaders. https://www.shouldertoshouldercampaign.org/spring-2022-messaging-campaign
- May 25th 1 pm Dr. Amaarah DeCuir will lead a public conversation on how schools are responding to religious-based discrimination in schools. Link coming soon.
- Strategic Planning Retreat in June. Shoulder to Shoulder’s staff and executive committee will be engaging in a strategic planning retreat this June.
- South Dakota Voices for Peace and Shoulder to Shoulder Cohort of Courage for educators program (July 11–14th)specifically engages teachers, administrators, parents, and students. In that effort, we added a few additional videos from experts and invited speakers to the live sessions to share more on creating inclusive classrooms and responding to anti-Muslim discrimination on campus.
Resources & Upcoming Opportunities —
Shared and copy/pasted from various partners and friends:
- Muslim Prayer in America: Its Meaning and Practice A 3-Week Course Offered Both In-Person and Online. May 4–18. Hosted by the Institute for Islamic, Christian, Jewish Studies. Salat, the ritual prayer performed by Muslims five times each day, is the centerpiece of Islamic spiritual practice. What is the significance of prayer in the daily life of Muslims? How does it encapsulate the whole of Islamic tradition? What is its content, structure, and meaning? ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan, Ph.D., will lead an exploration of these questions through the study of Islamic texts: the Qur’an and Hadith. https://icjs.org/events/muslim-prayer-in-america-its-meaning-and-practice-in-person-2/
- The Neutrality Trap: Dialogue and White Supremacy | Peace Connect | May 11 3–4:30 pm ET https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/event/the-neutrality-trap-dialogue-and-white-supremacy/
- Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC), a leadership development program that equips public servants in elected, appointed, and professional positions in local government to explore practices and policies that challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate while building inclusion and social resilience in their communities. 2022 application is now open. If you fit this description or you know someone who does, please share this application with them! It’s a short application form that all participants have to complete in order to be considered. EXTENDED deadline to Sunday, May 29, 2022.
- ReThink Media is hiring a Program Director to lead our Rights & Inclusion team in elevating the voices of organizers, activists, and artists advocating for the rights of Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) people across the country. This is a senior-level position for a motivated communications professional with a minimum of six or more years of experience working in the field of advocacy, political, or campaign communications. You would be managing a team of at least 3 people. Here’s a link to the full job description.
- Multifaith Leadership Training Applications accepted through May 1, 2022 The Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN) is partnering with the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas to conduct a joint student and community Interfaith Fellows program. MnMN is now accepting applications to be one of five non-student community Interfaith Fellows from Minnesota, who will join five student Interfaith Fellows from the University of St. Thomas, to co-learn Interfaith Leadership. This opportunity is for persons interested in strengthening interfaith relations and cooperation in the broader community. No prior experience is expected.
- Revolutionary Love Job Openings: Director of Operations and Growth; Executive Assistant & Communications Manager to Valarie Kaur
- BJC for Religious Liberty Job Opening: Communications Manager will help expand BJC’s audience and inspire our supporters to take action to advance faith freedom for all.
- Movement Organizing Fellowships. 2-Year Working Cohort based in the U.S. South. Apply at https://bit.ly/MovementOrganizer-Application by May 16, 2022. Project South is launching a two-year movement organizing plan to expand and build community power bases in our local neighborhoods across Georgia with emphasis in Black rural sites, and across the U.S. South with partners working on multiple frontlines that protect and defend our communities, initiate new social economy projects, and advance a people’s democracy.
- Mental Health of Muslim Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 (Institute for Social Policy Understanding) includes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and religious and racial discrimination on mental health, as well as an investigation into “healthy” and “unhealthy” coping strategies. Read the full report here.
- PACE’s Civic Language Perceptions Project seeks to understand peoples’ perceptions of the language associated with civic engagement and democracy work. On that page, you will find links that take you to the data’s interactive dashboard and infographics. you can find early findings from the data in these pieces: Citizen Data: Key Takeaways (Citizen Data). Releasing New Data on Civic Language Perceptions (PACE). Apply for a creative mini-grant. PACE is offering $500 stipends to support people and organizations interested in analyzing the data and creating something customized with it. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are distributed. Apply today!
Sister Margaret Guider of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
The convergence of these sacred days
should serve as a collective reminder,
that the prophetic heritage
of our respective faith traditions, whether adhered to or not
in the ways of our ancestors, continues to permeate the air
which the human family breathes,
of freedom, love and peace,
the life-giving breath of the Holy One.
Yet, many of us, throughout the year,
breathe through our mouths,
while holding our noses.
In doing so, we defend ourselves from the suffocating air of
bondage, hatred and violence
that surrounds us.
However, in doing so,
we also close ourselves off
from any opportunity of
smelling the scents of
justice, hope and compassion
that also arouse conscience,
giving rise to courage, and resiliency.
Perhaps these holy days
will provide us with an opportunity to open ourselves to be moved
Christians, East and West,
Muslims, Shia and Sunni,
and Jews, Orthodox and Reformed,
to breathe in
the scents of the sacred — of freedom, love and peace,
that we are called to breathe out -
Not only on special days,
But every day.