IONA Supports the Take on Hate Campaign Detroit, MI - Ameer Mustapha Elturk, Imam and president of the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) and IONA’s assistant outreach director William Antoun attended the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) press conference to announce the local launch of The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. The press conference was hosted by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, at the historic Cadillac Place building in Detroit. TAKE ON HATE is a campaign that challenges the current cultural acceptability of discrimination towards Arab and Muslim Americans. The NNAAC, a project of ACCESS, campaign is supported by many civil rights organizations. The campaign aims to achieve meaningful social change, not only through public education, media and coalition building, but also by providing a platform for Arab and Muslim Americans to speak up and inspire real policy change that challenges institutional discrimination and protects the rights of all communities. “It’s time to confront the ‘acceptable bigotry’ toward Arab and Muslim Americans. Judgment, profiling, slandering, making jokes-no matter how it’s delivered, it’s still hate. It’s still happening. It’s still wrong,” “TAKE ON HATE moves us closer to being a nation that upholds dignity and equality for all-regardless of national origin, ethnicity or religion” said Nadia Tonova, director of NNAAC. The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) fully supports the initiative and is committed to working with the local organizers on this very important campaign. “Hate is a vice and is evil. Love is a virtue and is good. We shall confront evil with good and hate with love. ‘Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with good lest your enemy may become a good friend’ (Qur’an, 41:34)”, said Imam Elturk. To learn more about the press conference please follow the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdEIAQE3vjg End
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