AROC supports SJP in the face of attacks published by the Daily Cal

AROC supports SJP in the face of attacks published by the Daily Cal

On March 31, 2015 UC Berkeley’s student paper, the Daily Cal, decided to become a vehicle of anti-Black and anti-Palestinian racism. It seems that it isn’t enough that the US government continues to wage wars against people of the Third World, develops policies and practices targeting Palestinians in the US, and works with the the Apartheid State of Israel to ethnically cleanse the indigenous Palestinian population, and to train local law enforcement on how to do the same to Black and Brown communities in the US. No, apparently the Daily Cal feels that they too should contribute to this systemic violence.

The Daily Cal editorial board made a decision to publish an op-ed by well-known slave apologist and racist, David Horowitz targeting Students for Justice in Palestine. There is no need to unpack Horowitz’s baseless arguments attacking Arabs and Palestinians. There is a need, however, to ask why the Daily Cal would choose to prop up such hate and divisiveness? And to allow someone like Horowitz to spew hate while invoking UC Berkeley’s “Principles of Community.”

Surely, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Blacks and all those that Horowitz targets are part of the community that the Daily Cal applies to their principles. Surely war mongering, slavery, apartheid, and genocide are not part of those principles. In 2001, Horowitz ran ads in college newspapers stating that black people should be grateful for slavery and are indebted to America for it. In fact, the Daily Cal was forced to apologize for running this shameful ad at the time. Earlier this year, Horowitz ran an anti-Palestinian poster campaign across the country on college campuses.

And now, the man that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called the “Godfather” of the anti-Muslim movement in the US, is given space in UC Berkeley’s student paper to incite hate and violence. All the while, the Daily Cal consistently censors op-eds by SJP or pro-Palestinian students.

As an organization that works to challenge state violence against our communities, we hold the Daly Cal accountable for the perpetuation of systemic racism against Arabs, Palestinians, Muslims and all those who stand for justice and liberation of Palestine. And we specifically hold the Daly Cal responsible for creating a divisive and harmful environment for Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley.

We call on people to continue to support the work of Students for Justice in Palestine and to hold institutions accountable for the repression of all movements for liberation and justice.

Leaders of Muslim Community Speak Out for TRAYVON 2


As members of the Bay Area Muslim community and the larger ummah, we are deeply concerned about the the serious and false legal charges leveled against Tanzeen Doha and Lamar Caldwell – the ‘Trayvon 2.’ We recognize that the legal system continues to discriminate on the basis of skin color, and note the connection between the specific targeting of two dark, bearded Muslim men and the broader criminalization of Islam following the ‘War on Terror.’

We draw necessary parallels between the Trayvon 2’s legal battle – the stakes of which include incarceration and deportation – and the young Trayvon Martin’s own fight for his life. We recognize the continuity between the persecution of the Trayvon 2 and the arbitrary detention of Muslims in Guantanamo Bay Prison. We also make connections between the initial arrest of the Trayvon 2, and the routine criminalization of Black bodies in the streets of our cities.

The Trayvon 2 are valuable community members upon which many others have depended and continue to rely. Tanzeen, a father of three young children, has counseled troubled youth and families for nearly ten years and taught college-level academic courses throughout the Bay Area. Similarly, Lamar is a well-known and active member of Oakland’s Muslim community. Despite his diagnosis with stage II cancer, he continues to participate in community events, grow his local business, and support Muslims who are new to the Dīn. Incarceration would not only worsen Lamar’s serious medical condition but also leave a deep void in the Bay Area Muslim community.

We commend these brothers for participating in a social protest following the acquittal of George Zimmerman – the perpetrator of murder against an innocent Black child – with the understanding that Islam encourages believers to struggle against injustice in a righteous manner. With this principle in mind, we fully support the Trayvon 2 and condemn the blatantly racist and Islamophobic institutions that targeted them.

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful,

Abdul Raoof Nasir

Chaplain, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

Abdel Malik Ali

Amir and Community Activist, Oakland, California

Imam Zaid Shakir

Lighthouse Masjid, Oakland, California

The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (Muslim ARC)

Imam Faheem Shuaibe

Masjid’ul Waritheen, Oakland, California

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Statement from University of Michigan Students on Divestment Resolution

March 27, 2014

Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE): Assembly Resolution 3050

This past week has been nothing short of inspirational. Hundreds of Palestinian students, SAFE activists,and allies from dozens of student organizations persevered through a weeklong sitin, which transformed the Central Student Government (CSG) chambers into “the Edward Said Lounge.” The sitin action in the Michigan Union captivated the University’s attention, and reminded campus of the time when a coalition of students of color took over the Michigan Union secret society tower space in 2000.

While the CSG’s vote was lopsided against our resolution, the result was no surprise. Many CSG members actually campaigned on antidivestment platforms. However, for the last week, the entire campus has been talking about Palestine and divestment from corporations involved in human rights violations. Students forged new relationships and strengthened old ones with communities of color and progressive student organizations. The Michigan Daily’s resounding endorsement of our resolution confirms Tuesday night’s moral victory and ratifies the strength of our arguments.

Make no mistake. While our resolution did not pass, we galvanized student support across campus while exposing the hollow, hurtful, and erroneous nature of self identifying Zionist discourse on a massive stage. More than 22,000 viewers witnessed the dramatic proceedings via an online live stream. That was the ultimate victory.

In the end, we generated what amounted to a campus wide, weeklong referendum on divestment and its role in realizing Palestinian self determination. The allnight meetings with administrators and sitin action were exhausting. We were stretched to our emotional and physical limits, but we never wavered. Individual students continue to stand strong in the face of baseless smears leveled against them by those who insist that Palestinians do not deserve selfdetermination and human rights.

The current CSG, which is more concerned with personal ambition than ethical investment, should know that we will not rest until we realize justice. This is a victory for the protracted struggle at the University of Michigan to contribute to the liberation of a people living under a regime that continues to violate their basic human rights. We extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters and allies from all corners of the University, and from campuses and organizations across the United States.

Until Palestine is free,

Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

Support the Trayvon 2!

The Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) is outraged at the ongoing racial profiling of the Oakland Police Department and their recent targeting of the Trayvon 2, Tanzeen and Lamar (aka Hannibal), two Muslim men of color.  Tanzeen and Lamar joined hundreds in Oakland to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 15, 2013; hundreds of protesters wearing black and in hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, a young black man whose life didn’t matter enough in the eyes of a US courtroom.

Trayvon 2

As these demonstrators took to the streets to challenge racism in the US legal system they were met with the racism of local law enforcement.  Tanzeen and Lamar were subsequently arrested and charged with felony vandalism after the police allegedly witnessed individuals dressed in black break the windows of the Men’s Warehouse.  Rather than focus on building infrastructure to meet the critical needs of marginalized communities in Oakland, the City is pursing a baseless case that will waste public money and even more, create a long lasting and devastating impact on two innocent men.

Given that the only two people singled out that evening and charged with any crime are both Muslim men of color, we see this as an extension of the racial profiling that the Oakland police department has shamelessly carried out time and time again.  Furthermore, Tanzeen and Lamar are both vocal activists.  And their targeting comes in the backdrop of a growing police state aimed at controlling immigrant, poor and people of color communities, and stifling attempts to mobilize and organize for change.

As an organization committed to challenging racism, we view this as an attack on the Muslim community.  We stand in solidarity with these two men who have been targeted for being Muslim, men of color who were not afraid to take to the streets to demand justice and exercise their right to free speech.  It is after all, only in times where those most vulnerable practice their rights, that rights are challenged by the state.

We call on the DA to drop the charges because the lives of these men, and all those impacted by state repression, matter.

Prisoners & Ramadan: The Value of Dignity Over Hunger

AROC | Arab Resource & Organizing Center PRESENTS
The Value of Dignity Over Hunger!
AROC Iftar & Discussion w/Adam Hudson on
Hunger Strikes in Guantanamo.
Adam is a freelance journalist who just returned from a 2-week trip to Guantanamo Bay.AROC members will also draw the connections between the current hunger strikes in Pelican Bay and Palestine.

July 27th, @7:00pm

Iftar/Dinner @8:30pm 
518 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

Please feel free to bring a dish to share!
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Unity and Accountability in the Wake of the Wisconsin Gurudwara Shootings


Statement by DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving

The members of DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the Sikh community after Sunday’s shootings in the Oak Creek Gurudwara in Wisconsin. The shootings have been followed closely by an arson that burned down a mosque in Joplin, Missouri. Continue reading

MXGM Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110 Black People since January 1st, 2012 Released

“A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 110 Black women and men. These killings are definitely not accidental or random acts of violence or the work of rogue cops. As we noted in our April 6th, 2012 Trayvon Martin is All of US!Report (see, the use of deadly force against Black people is standard practice in the United States, and woven into to the very fabric of the society.

“The corporate media have given very little attention to these extrajudicial killings. We call them ‘extrajudicial’ because they happen without trial or any due process, against all international law and human rights conventions. Those few mainstream media outlets that mention the epidemic of killings have been are unwilling to acknowledge that the killings are systemic – meaning they are embedded in institutional racism and national oppression. On the contrary, nearly all of the mainstream media join in a chorus that sings the praises of the police and read from the same script that denounces the alleged ‘thuggery’ of the deceased. Sadly, too many people believe the police version of events and the media’s ‘blame-the-victim’ narratives that justify and support these extrajudicial killings…”

Read the rest of the report here!

DONATE to Help AROC Meet with Arab and South Asian Base-Building Organizations!


(Image of DRUM in NY) Few organizations in the US are engaged in progressive political base building in Arab and South Asian communities.  The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (SF), Arab American Action Network (Chicago), and Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) are working to develop grassroots leadership towards winning material social justice changes in our communities! HELP US MEET UP IN NEW YORK TO COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS! Donate now!

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Aftermath Play Details Iraqi War Through Interviews

The documentary play Aftermath, based off interviews of Iraqis who had fled Iraq as a result of the violence that had infiltrated their country, recently debuted in San Francisco and will be running from June 7-30 at Stagewerx theater. Originally premiering in New York with high ratings, writers of the play Jessica Blank and Erik Jenson moved Aftermath to the Bay Area where local people, primarily of Iraqi descent, are casted. Charles Kruger of the Examiner describes the play: Continue reading

Join AROC on May 1st at 3pm March for Immigrant Rights

may day 2011Militarism abroad and a growing police state internal to the US have been fueled by an increasingly an anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and racist climate domestically. This has resulted in increasingly repressive laws policing immigrant communities, militarization of the border, the swelling of prison and immigrant detention populations, intense surveillance and racial profiling, and a general stripping away of rights.  Poor people, immigrants, and people of color have been the primary targets of these attacks.  On Tuesday, May 1st, people will stand up around the world for worker rights, and in the US we will again put a special focus on migrant communities.  JOIN AROC IN AN ARAB, AFRICAN, MIDDLE EASTERN, MUSLIM, AND SOUTH ASIAN CONTINGENT, AS WE HIGHLIGHT THE IMPACTS OF MILITARISM AND POLICING ON MIGRANT AND WORKER COMMUNITIES.  Continue reading for more information. Continue reading