One of the many disturbing facets of Trumpism that I haven’t yet talked about here is Islamophobia. Trump’s insistence that Muslims are categorically dangerous to America has inspired a rash of hate crimes and bolstered the xenophobic outlook of his supporters. This week, I want to combat that with a clear demonstration that we welcome and support our Muslim neighbors.
Last week: ProPublica
Thanks to donors Abigail W., Eric A., and their matching employers, last week we raised a total of $350 for ProPublica and its mission of independent journalism. Thank you so much!
This week: Islamic Center of Eastside
For our next charity, I’m focusing a little closer to home than usual. Early on the morning of January 14th, a fire devastated a mosque in Bellevue, Washington; investigators believe it was the result of arson. The mosque, the Islamic Center of Eastside, has been vandalized repeatedly over the last six months. The Islamic Center is now raising money to rebuild; they estimate it will take half a million dollars to fully recover from this attack.
As usual, we’ll match the first $100 donated; go to LaunchGood to donate, and forward your donation receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the matching donation, each donor is also entered into the art giveaway drawing at the end of the month.
Call to Action
The Affordable Care Act is in danger – and with it, millions of Americans’ access to health care. The Republicans have claimed to be following a “repeal and replace” plan, but seven years after the ACA was passed, they still don’t have anything even resembling a replacement plan. Put simply, if the ACA is repealed, thousands of people will die. That said, Congress’ recent attempts to circumvent ethics rules, which they were forced to backtrack after public outcry, shows that they will react to a sufficiently large and vocal opposition. So: call your Congresspeople! Bustle has some scripts you can use.