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.