The US Council of Muslim Organizations is holding an inaugural banquet on June 10, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, near Reagan National Airport, Washington DC. This inaugural event is to celebrate the formation of the new umbrella organization after decades of hope and aspiration to bring national and local American Muslim organizations together in unity and unison. Elected and government officials, dignitaries, civic and interfaith partners, and prominent community leaders were invited. Many have already confirmed their attendance. The inaugural celebration is considered a historic event for the American Muslim community.
MAS-PACE, CAIR, ICNA, AMP, TMC, and other American Muslim organizations recently joined the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies in an "Incident Community Coordination Team" conference call to discuss concerns of backlash against the Muslim community given the recent events of beheading and accompanying media reports. Among important concerns discussed was a fear that our children may face backlash and could be bullied in school. We have asked for information on how to effectively prevent bullying and the steps to take if our children are victims of bullying. The Community Engagement section of the DHS-Civil Rights and Civil Liberties division has provided us with resources from the Department of Education that may be useful to use. Please familiarize yourselves with the following links:
- A key resource for preventing and responding to bullying: www.stopbullying.gov.
- Bullying is primarily a state/local issue and each state addresses it differently. The Laws and Policies page lists laws by state: http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/
- Although no federal law directly addresses bullying, in some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion: http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/federal/index.html