Shazia Ayn Babul (Organizer) from Princeton, New Jersey, USA, along with 10 other Ismaili, Muslims have created a gofundme.com donation campaign to raise funds for Black Lives Matter Foundation.
Following is the message from the organizer about her motivation, and the reasons why she and other members of her team decided to take up this initiative:
We are living in a broken world. It is time for us to make a difference and put our values of tolerance and pluralism into action. As Ismailis living in North America, we were fortunate to be welcomed into Canada and the United States. As such, it is our obligation to recognize the struggles of our brothers and sisters in the Black community and contribute to their stand for social justice. Our Jamat should step forward, in solidarity with the Black community, and mobilize its social influence and financial resources to demand justice. We must do something. We must act. Now.
This fundraiser was set up with the purpose of involving Ismailis in the discussion of race and the Black Lives Matter movement. By donating through this platform directly to the Black Lives Matter Foundation, you will know that the Ismaili community is helping a valuable cause and will sit on the right side of history. When we needed help fleeing threats of nationalization decades ago, we were supported. It is now our time to be on the giving end of our love and support. We urge all who are financially able to donate either identifyingly or anonymously to this cause as well as spread the message about the Asian-American role in the Black Lives Matter movement. We are not powerless, and together, we can change the world.
Ismailimail team wishes to congratulate Shazia and her team for stepping forward, and taking on this “independent” initiative. We are happy to lend our support in promoting this cause further.
Those who wish, and are able to financialy support this effort (Donations are 100% tax deductible), Please click on the link below.
More information about Black Lives Matter Foundation: Our mission is to help survivors and families that have suffered from the loss of a relative or loved one as a result of an unjust or questionable police shooting, and use our unique and creative ideas to help bring the police and the community closer together to save lives.
Thank you Shazia Ayn Babul and fellow organizers for this important initiative. It’s time for our community to step up (including in Canada where anti-black racism and police violence are also systemic issues).
Good luck to all, may you succeed where others have failed. We must all regardless of our origin,colour and faith unite to make sure that despot totalitarian doesn’t grab the power anywhere. Let keep the fight.
Many of you may be receiving social media posts that the youths involved are not Ismailis or that they are crooks, or some such nonsense. The team members are all Ismaili youths from across the US and Canada responding to MHI’s call to act on our ethics, to not be shy about demonstrating what it means to be an Ismaili: support marginalised peoples, speaking out against social injustice, striving to improve the lives of people among whom we live. And the funds go directly to BLM. I urge you not to spread “fake news”. Thank you and Ya Ali Madad.