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United Methodist Women Honored for Anti-Hate Campaign

3rd Annual Gala at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, April 4, 2013

United Methodist Women staff Sarah Brockus (left) and Janis Rosheuvel (right) with Debbie Almontaser, president of the Muslim Consultative Network, at their 3rd Annual Gala at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, April 4, 2013

By Leigh Rogers

At the Muslim Consultative Network’s Third Annual Gala, United Methodist Women was honored for its leadership in an anti-hate speech campaign supporting Muslims following advertisements posted in New York and Washington, D.C., transit stations that implied Muslims were “savages.”

In conjunction with many partnering faith-based organizations, United Methodist Women were the first to respond by funding New York Subway and Washington, D.C., Metro ads, which read, “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed.”

Jointly honored with United Methodist Women for “standing against anti-Muslim bigotry” was Sojourners, a Christian social justice organization, and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, who also posted their own ads in the New York Subway and D.C. Metro as a Christian and Jewish response to the hate speech in the original ads. The Gala took place April 4, 2013, at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

Janis Rosheuvel, executive for racial justice for United Methodist Women, was present to receive the award. In her speech, she said, “We were compelled to raise a prophetic voice by placing counter ads in the subway systems in New York and Washington, D.C. to challenge the climate of fear-mongering, which these ads promote, in order to shift the conversation toward building a common future for our community. ”

The gala, whose theme was “Daring to Act Boldly: Connecting Our Strengths to Our Convictions,” also honored Rashida Tlaib, Michigan’s first female Muslim State Legislator; Fahd Ahmed, a community activist with DRUM; and the New York Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Sister Ameena Matthews gave the keynote address.

Leigh Rogers is the public relations/web content associate for United Methodist Women.

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