** FEBRUARY FRILLS
We kicked off February with advocacy being on top of our list. From testifying at the city council on including sugary drink labels so that our communities can make better health choices to advocating for a religious diversity education bill, Resolution 476 (previously Res. 1257); the MCN team is front and center in advocating for Muslim New Yorkers and our neighbors to make our city a better place.
Below are pictures from our press conference on the steps of City Hall, advocating for a religious diversity education curriculum in NYC public schools, Resolution 476, to help combat hate against religious minorities. When our children learn from a very young age about the religiously diverse communities we live in, they will learn to be compassionate and understanding citizens of the future. We were grateful to Councilmember Shahana Hanif for championing this bill, and for Education Chair Rita Joseph for her endorsement.
As part of our hate crimes prevention work, we continue to provide self-defense workshops in mosques throughout the city. This one below in particular included a sisters group from the MAS Ibn Sina mosque in Astoria, Queens.
Each time we hear how important these classes are to our Muslim sisters who find these workshops empowering and building their confidence in standing up to hate.
Often times, our hate crime prevention is paired with an Immigrant Rights Workshop, which we were able to deliver at the Masjid Muhammad Ali. This one was special because we were able to address the issues that a few of the newly arrived asylum seekers were looking for. We are grateful for our partnership with community leader and former Muslim Women's Empowerment Program participant, Ms. Djeneba Lorraine for helping make this workshop happen!
Our Muslim Women's Empowerment program continued its programming. The session below highlighted the personal stories of each of the women in art form. When you dig deep our women are full of life stories and lessons that future generations can learn from.
We held a college prep workshop for our MYNYC students and alumni in partnership with St. Francis College. As our Juniors prepare for college, St. Francis college has many scholarships available to Muslim students in particular. Our students appreciated learning about the educational journeys of our community leaders and left with resources.
Our Advocacy Manager, Ms. Ajifanta Marenah and Community Education Coordinator, Wali Ullah, were fortunate to meet Brother Yusef Salam, one of the Central Park exonerated five, at a meeting with Emgage NY. Brother Yusef has an inspirational story of redemption and we are so excited that he will be running for city council in the upcoming election cycle.
We end the post with pictures from our monthly Interfaith Soup Kitchen where we cook and serve 100+ meals to the local community. We are so grateful to our volunteers who show up for the community each month!
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