Promoting Social Justice for Muslims and Iranian Immigrants
By Kathleen MacLeod, Advocacy Chair
As an advocacy organization, PCIA works to carry out the 3rd goal of Peace Corps. We advocate for and share with Americans what we learned from our unique person-to-person experiences. We speak as a board on behalf of matters that relate to the organization’s mission and values. If you’re starting to feel numb from the fray, I thought I’d share some suggestions from a list put together by my church. I’ll share more from this list in future issues of From the Field:
- Bear witness citing your Peace Corps experience to Americans who don’t know Muslims (Pew Researchsays 47% of Americans have never met a Muslim)
- Become informed about the history of migration, assimilation and contributions of IranianAmericans in the U.S. to dispute the myth that they are terrorists.
- Get involved with citizen diplomacy or people to people initiatives in your community, such as international business exchanges, international student exchanges, and interfaith dialogue.
- Affirm social justice values, such as the Charter for Compassion, a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion, or sign a Declaration of Conscience.
- Take care of yourself, find reasons to express gratitude, turn off the news for one hour a day and turn on some music. Remind yourself it’s okay to have limits.