Monthly Action: July 2017

This month, I’ve decided to tackle the hate mail problem a little more directly. I searched for “hate mail in the news” and was disheartened to get multiple hits. These people are dealing with hate mail right now. It affects them all differently; some are even channeling it into positive works. I think it’d be great if they got some good mail to encourage them, to wash away those bad feelings from checking the postbox.

First off, we have Zaman International. They are a non-profit organization committed to addressing the basic needs and empowerment of marginalized women and children. In May, they got a series of hateful letters alarming enough for them to call the FBI. That’s horrible. Send them a card or letter thanking them for their kindness and compassion. They are trying to make this world a better place and deserve our gratitude. If you have the means, they could also use your donations.

Write to them at:

Zaman International Administrative Offices
26091 Trowbridge
Inkster, MI 48141

 

Then there’s Özlem Cekic. She is one of Denmark’s first female Muslim MPs and is subject to a lot of vitriol. She’s taken confrontation of hate mail to a positive place and I find myself really inspired by her. I think you’ll be inspired to. Join me in sending her some accolades.

Write to her at:

Özlem Cekic
c / o Ubuntu
Købmagergade 43, 1st floor.
1150 Copenhagen K. DENMARK

Finally there is Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. She is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Since her keynote speech at the Hampshire commencement in May, she has been hounded by hateful people; so much so that she has had to cancel appearances due to death threats. This is unacceptable. While a card expressing thanks and support is nowhere near enough, I will still be sending her one. I hope she gets many more than just mine.

Write to her at:

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

c/o Haymarket Books

P.O. Box 180165

Chicago, IL 60618

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2 thoughts on “Monthly Action: July 2017

  1. These are excellent suggestions. Thank you for bringing Zaman International, Cekic, and Taylor to my attention. The hate is discouraging, our ability to counter it makes me grateful.

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