North Carolina has a history. However, on July 17, 2019, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, held a rally in Greenville, where he attacked members of the so-called “Squad.” These are 4 women of color and duly elected congressional representatives, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayana Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The congresswomen have been notably outspoken on Palestine, higher wages, women rights, immigration and the separation of children from their parents.
The overwhelmingly white crowd, began to chant, “send them back,” responding to his earlier racist tweet: “to their crime infested countries.” Trump allowed it to go on for 13 seconds and appeared to bask in their enthusiasm. It is not lost on observers that these women all hold the legal status of United States citizenship. Three of the four were born in the US. Nor, that this chant has been used as a racist taunt against primarily Black and Brown and even Indigenous peoples.
North Carolina has a history. North Carolina is where 3 Muslim students were murdered for no reason other than their visibility as Muslims. It is where elections have been stalled and challenged due to challenges charging racist voter suppression and gerrymandering. North Carolina is where the Wilmington 10 and the Charlotte 3 accused black community activists of outrageous changes that they spent years in jail as political prisoners until exonerated in the 1970s. North Carolina is the employment-at-will, right-to-work state that denies local government the right to collectively bargain. In 1898, whites overthrew a duly elected Wilmington city government to be sworn in and drove the local Black community into the swamps, in what is now called the Wilmington Massacre. It is where the Ku Klux Klan murdered 4 anti-racist demonstrators in 1979.
However, a local coalition of Black and Brown women are calling on Muslim women and their community be in solidarity with The Squad for their policies. These are women who have tirelessly worked for Black, Brown, indigenous, workers, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities and against Donald Trump and the growing right-wing, fascist movement that he is nurturing. Join us Saturday August 31, 12 noon, back in Greenville to stand in solidarity and oppose any attack against our communities
What else can you do?
1. Sign the online petition
2. Share the flier on your social media
3. Come to the rally on Saturday!
Muslim Women For is proud to partner with this local coalition and we hope to see you there on Saturday.