#IMarchWithZahra: Muslim Organizations, Allies, and Activists Pen an Open Letter to Women’s March in Support of Zahra Billoo

#IMarchWithZahra:  Muslim Organizations, Allies, and Activists Pen an Open Letter to Women’s March in Support of Zahra Billoo

We, Muslim and allied organizers, stand with Zahra Billoo in the face of the vote to remove her from Women’s March national board after an Islamophobic smear campaign. We call on Women’s March to reinstate Zahra Billoo to the national board. 

After Women’s March announced the new board members, the attacks on Zahra were distinct. They were textbook cases of Islamophobia and racism. They were distinguishable from the comments about other inspiring organizers taking on these positions on the new Board. To put it plainly, they were overt racism by racists. They relied on Islamophobic and Orientalist tropes that are some of the most disgusting ways to attack a person of Muslim identity. 

Zahra is a tireless advocate, locally and nationally. She is with us in the streets when we are working with refugees in our communities, when we are sick with fatigue from knocking on politicians’ doors and when we are comforting the trauma of this work in our peoples. When there are no resources, and no help, she is there, and she is fighting. She always has our back and now it is time we have hers. 

Like so many, we deeply value the work of Women’s March and know the struggles against racism and misogyny to be inextricable. That is why we cannot be silent in the face of this decision. The movement for women must include all women, especially Muslim women of color. 

We know we must join together to uplift the most marginalized voices of our communities now more than ever.  tweet

In the Trump era, there is no space for bending to the will of racists and Islamophobes. Our communities are being attacked as we speak. As this letter is sent, the Muslim and Refugee Ban continues to ravage our communities, Kashmir is under attack, and the recent Israeli election results ensure another era of colonial violence on Palestine. We know we must join together to uplift the most marginalized voices of our communities now more than ever.

We call on Women’s March to reinstate Zahra Billoo to its national board so that the vital work can continue. 

Signed, 

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Individuals 

Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-AZ

Remi Kanazi

Neda Magbouleh 

Ahmad Abuznaid, National Network for Arab American Communities

Abed Ayoub, ADC 

Yasmeen Ahmed

Magari Aziza, Muslim ARC  

Yasmeen Obeid

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder, Muslim Girl

Masih Fouladi, CAIR-Washington 

Sarah Farouq, MSA West 

Jehan Hakim, YAC 

Sophia Armen, SWANA Alliance 

Lexi Alexander, filmmaker

Steven Salaita

Jumana Al-Qawasmi

Darakshan Raja, Justice for Muslims Collective 

Ramla Sahid, PANA 

Rahim Kurwa

Hina Shaikh 

Nairi Shirnian 

Lily Tajaddini

Mohamed M Elnakib

Mohsin Mirza

Fatima Zehra Ladha

Clarissa Bitar 

Hoda Katebi 

Seemab Hussaini, CAIR-Oregon

Maha Hilal, Justice for Muslims Collective 

Izzy Mustafa 

Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles 

Thandiwe Abdullah, co-founder, Black Lives Matter – Youth Vanguard

Avideh Moussavian 

Adam Soltani, CAIR-Oklahoma

Ossama Kamel

Sarah Farouq 

Deanna Othman

Professor Hatem Bazian

Sana Qutubuddin, Indian American Muslim Council 

Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University

Danette Zaghari-Mask

Asha Noor

Afaf Nasher, CAIR-NY

Riffat Ajmal 

Megan Fair

Marwa Elbially 

Irim Yasin

Haitham Abulhaija

Sophia Andary, Women’s March San Francisco 

Yasmin Almokhamad

Nerdeen Kiswani, Within Our Lifetime 

Noura Erakat

Kifah Shah, MPowerChange 

Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon

Ekram Haque, CAIR-Dallas Fort Worth

Lubabah Abdullah, CAIR-Houston

Kristy Sabbah, Arizona Muslim Alliance 

Taha Hasan

Organizations 

Justice for Muslims Collective 

CAIR-AZ 

CAIR-Washington State Chapter

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 

Adalah Justice Project 

CAIR-Oklahoma

CAIR-Oregon

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) 

US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) 

Musim Student Association West (MSA West) 

Palestinian Youth Movement-USA 

Within Our Lifetime- United for Palestine 

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights 

 

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