Shown here is our first #STOPTHEHATE campaign's ad which will be going up around New York City Metro North Rail stations in late February, 2013 for 4 weeks.
A grass-roots initiative to counter-act the gargantuan network of Islamophobia, and condemn all other forms of bigotry and xenophobia.
Citizens Against Hate originally began as a grassroots initiative to counter the growing tide of Islamophobia in America. This small, but well-funded group of Isalmophobes have done a great deal of damage to the image of Islam and Muslims in America. This has immense implications for Muslims, as mosques and Muslim communities are increasingly targeted by violent fanatics, who undoubtedly are affected by the massive onslaught of anti-Islam propaganda.
Our mission is to put our creative energies together and counter the lies, deception and propaganda. We stand against hate wherever it rears its ugly head, and we stand in support of any victim of bigotry and racism, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation.
"It's time we stand up and reclaim the true image of Islam. The image which reflects the truth, the Love and Peace as taught by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)."
In response to the rise in anti-Muslim hate in NYC and around the country, a new group called Citizens Against Hate has been tirelessly working on an ad campaign. Our first ad, which will soon be up on Metro North Rail and subway stations, is posted on our Event Wall below. Our website is currently under construction and will be ready in time for the start of the campaign in a few weeks.
Most of you are probably aware of the recent violence perpetrated on Muslims in New York City and inflammatory anti-Islam ads that have been going up around New York City over the past few months. One example of such an ad that is currently up is shown here: http://tinyurl.com/acyfkzv
According to a major PR firm, 2/3 of mainstream media perpetuate a negative image of Islam and Muslims to the American public. This is why the purpose of our ad campaign is not to simply respond to hate, but to offer a dignified narrative which shows Muslims as they really are, an essential part of the American family.
We need your help in making this campaign a success. First, please use the hashtag #StopTheHate to promote this campaign on social media with the following link to our first ad: http://tinyurl.com/ape43wj
Second, although we have already raised about $5,000 towards putting up our first ad on 25 Metro North Rail stations through a generous anonymous donor, we need another $10,000 to extend our full ad campaign in subway stations, as well. You can help us create a counter-narrative to anti-Muslim hate. Stay updated on our progress via this Facebook event page.
Anti-Muslim hate is increasingly becoming a problem in this country, and will not go away unless we take a stand as responsible citizens to assert an authentic image of Muslims, rather than let our detractors create it for us. This ad campaign is one such method to re-claim our positive image.