Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is happy to announce three Social Justice Action Groups (SJAG).
These groups were formed as a result of grassroots efforts. They are intended to address specific social injustices consistent with the overall mission and goals of the Sisterhood.
The priorities of the SJAGs are to listen, learn and follow the lead of the directly-impacted communities they will support. They will research existing initiatives, identify organizations with whom to partner, and curate training and educational resources to increase awareness of the issues.
Proposed action steps will then be shared with the overall membership so that sisters can engage together in this important work at the chapter level and beyond. In addition, to keep sisters apprised, information and updates will soon be posted on the Sisterhood website.
The co-chairs of each SJAG will do their best to ensure a balanced participation of Muslim and Jewish women as well as a geographically diverse group.
Below is a brief description of each SJAG. If you are interested in joining one, please use the link provided to fill out the form. The SJAG co-chairs will then be in touch with you.
Uyghur and India Task Force
The Uyghur and India Task Force is working to address the oppression and harm targeting Muslims in China and India respectively:
- China is perpetrating various crimes against humanity in an attempt to eradicate the Uyghur religion and culture. We have issued a statement and Fact Sheet, which you can view here.
- The Indian government excluded Muslims from the new Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019, which expedites citizenship for all other religious minorities. Extreme violence has been perpetrated against Muslims by police and non-state forces.
The Uyghur and India Task Force has a two-pronged approach to addressing these situations:
- Advocacy and Action
If you are interested in joining the Uyghur and India Task Force or would like more information, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/tRKe4wHg3LNfFCbs6
Immigrant Communities Advocacy and Support (ICAS)
The purpose of ICAS is to join existing initiatives and organizations to address the injustices that impact migrant communities, including but not limited to, people who are seeking asylum, are undocumented, have refugee status, have insufficient protections or are immigrants.
We will work to help alleviate immediate, emerging, and ongoing needs by forming three subcommittees that will focus on the following:
- Support and emergency relief
If you are interested in the work of ICAS or want more information, please complete this form:
The Racial Justice Action Group is committed to ensuring the Sisterhood is a safe space for Black women to share their personal narratives, concerns, and needs, and to making the Sisterhood a force that lifts and amplifies their voices. Our initial goal is to educate all sisters on anti-Black systemic racism, with a specific emphasis on the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of racism on the voices and safety of Black Muslim and Black Jewish women. We will do this through:
- Understanding personal racial biases
- Learning about the history and impact of systemic racism, including racism in Jewish and Muslim communal spaces
We also will identify opportunities for action and advocacy through other organizations working to dismantle white supremacy.
If you are interested in the work of the Racial Justice Action Group, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZtq6Lsd2pn9xs2VhAZwaMHSgTDu10gDDySHXmLa1hfDYkrQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
We look forward to working together to create a more just world.