Welcome to the GCLEA Muslims for Justice page!

 

Our Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him), Allah said, "O my servants, I have forbidden myself from oppression and have likewise forbidden it for you so do not oppress one another" (Muslim).

In the Qur'an, Allah says "O You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly- if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do" (al-Nisa 3:135).

As people of faith, we believe this divine directive must be fulfilled and so, our mission is to,

Promote justice and act justly.

On this page, you will find a growing list of resources to help you better understand the issues of injustice that our communities, both locally and globally, struggle with.

We will also use this space to help share actionable steps you can take to promote justice and act justly in your community.

Current Call to Action
The FAIR ACT (Fairness in Auto Rates) would prohibit the use of education, occupation, and credit score as rating factors in automobile insurance underwriting.
 
Sign the online petition to urge NJ legislators to pass the act. 
 
Click here to learn more and sign.

Our Top 3 List for Jan-Mar 2021.

1. A New “We The People” For a Sustainable Future | Bioneers 2017

 

Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, will depict how deep democracy is the only solution to the crises of inequality and climate change, and how the changing demos -- people -- of America can rise to meet this moment. A thought leader on the national stage, Heather, among her many accomplishments, helped shape key provisions of the now threatened Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

2. I Am Not Your Negro

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

 

"One of the best movies you are likely to see this year." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

 

http://www.IAmNotYourNegroFilm.com

3. Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination

Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination, traces the often-forgotten history of the federal government-sponsored financial “redlining” of communities of color. More importantly, it uncovers some of the enduring psycho-social impacts on not only communities of color but on the White community as well.  A must-see for those interested in social justice or understanding the contemporary racial strife in America today.

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GCLEA's Muslims for Justice is currently led by Karimah Andrews.

 

Karimah is a former CAN/GNA and elementary teacher with 20+ years of experience. She was raised in north Jersey and lived in Egypt for 9+ years. She has worked with children at the Shriner Hospital as a volunteer and was part of the ‘Be the Match’ and Islamic Relief USA staff. She has worked with community lead groups such as United Hearts Youth Group, Girls Youth Soccer Team, Muslim Homeschoolers, Young Muslim Girls Sports Team, and currently owner and operator of ‘Childcare with a Purpose’. She is dedicated to her faith and serving her community.

If you would like to join GCLEA's Muslims for Justice, please contact Karimah.Andrews@gclea.org

Resource Archive

Our Top 3 List for Oct-Dec 2020.

1. Solvable Podcast: Voter Suppression is Solvable

 

Kristen Clarke is the president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The committee was established in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to address the inequities confronting African Americans and other minorities. Clarke believes that reversing, or preventing, the disenfranchisement of millions of American voters is central to her work and that voter suppression is solvable.

Click HERE to pick your favorite podcast platform, press play below to listen now.

2. CAP Article: African Americans Face Systematic Obstacles to Getting Good Jobs

The U.S. labor market has now seen a record 109 months of uninterrupted job growth, with the overall unemployment rate falling to its lowest level in 50 years. (see Figure 1) However, African American workers still face more hurdles to get a job, never mind a good one, than their white counterparts. They continue to face systematically higher unemployment rates, fewer job opportunities, lower pay, poorer benefits, and greater job instability. These persistent differences reflect systematic barriers to quality jobs, such as outright discrimination against African American workers... CLICK HERE to continue reading

3. Netflix Documentary: Teach Us All

 

Produced by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Teach Us All is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. Teach Us All demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children. The Teach Us All social justice campaign seeks to build the capacity of students and educators to take leadership in carrying forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine while activating broader community engagement in today’s urgent need for educational equity. Teach Us All is written and directed by Sonia Lowman. The full documentary is available on Netflix, HERE.

Our Top 3 List for July - Sept, 2020.