Anti-Racism, Anti-Islamophobia, Immigrant/Refugee Rights Assembly in Raleigh on July 15, 2017

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Greetings friends of MERI,

  We hope you are doing well.  We would like to share MERI’s extraordinary growth, critical work and achievements in a very challenging 2017.  We look forward to building our base and strengthening the mission to which we are committed – and we are writing to ask you to support MERI’s work in North Carolina.

   In the wake of the 2016 election, we witnessed a dangerous demonization of and attacks against Muslims, as well as Black, Brown, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities. MERI formed partnerships with frontline Black, Brown, and Muslim organizations in North Carolina in order to respond to attacks on their community members:

  • MERI mobilized our network for the release of Raleigh Palestinian immigrant Mosa Hamadeesa – he was able to rejoin his family after two months in ICE detention. 
    Press Conference for the release of Mosa Hamadeesa from ICE Detention on June 7, 2017.
  • We worked with Muslim women organizers to respond to ACT for America’s anti-Sharia rally, organizing the largest counter-protest against nation-wide anti-Muslim rally.Anti-Islamophobia protest in Raleigh on June 10, 2017.
  • We worked with the North Carolina Public Workers Union, UE (United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America) Local 150, who issued a resolution against Islamophobia that was adopted by UE nationally.Anti-Islamophobia presentation at Greensboro municipal workers meeting organized by North Carolina Public Workers Union, UE Local 150, on April 1, 2017.

On top of these victories, we organized dozens of workshops, trainings and presentations, joined people’s movement assemblies, and participated in social justice protests and rallies. You can read about our 2017 work on our website.
Anti-Islamophobia Workshop at 2017 Jack Crum Conference by Methodist Federation for Social Action – North Carolina Chapter in Greenville, NC.

MERI is excited to expand our team by adding Letha Muhammad (Director of Education Justice Alliance and member of Muslims for Social Justice) as our Steering Committee Member, and welcoming Noah Rubin-Blose (member of Jewish Voice for Peace – Triangle NC) as a part time staff member.

MERI is a member-supported organization, and we need your support to accomplish our goals. Your tax-deductible donations will help us continue challenging Islamophobia, racism, and all forms of oppression in 2018. We have a goal to raise a minimum budget of $16k in 2018 in order to continue our work. We hope you will contribute using the link below. Can you pledge to become a MERI monthly sustainer? Recurring monthly donations ensure our important work can continue in the coming year. One-time contributions in any amount are also crucial support.

Would you like to host a house-party for MERI fundraiser? Would you like to participate in anti-Islamophobia letter-writing workshop, host anti-Islamophobia educational workshop, or take other actions against Islamophobia? Please contact us at

We know we can count on your social justice partnership, your continued financial support, and your participation in MERI events.

In love and solidarity!

Beth Bruch, Manzoor Cheema, George Friday, Sandra Korn, Dani Moore, Letha Muhammed, Noah Rubin-Blose, and Miriam Thompson
(MERI Steering Committee)

Anti-lamophobia Workshop at the Southern Movement Assembly VII at the historic Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC on October 27, 2016