Politicians and activists on both sides of the aisle have spoken out against religious-based requirements to enter the country. Last summer, @SpeakerPaulRyan tweeted: “A religious test for entering our country is not reflective of America’s fundamental values. I reject it.” Yet he seems to have forgotten about his commitment.
Print out and send one of these postcards to remind him of the better angels of his nature. Share the link and tag a friend to prep and send your cards together!
We’ve all been motivated by Muhammad Ali, entertained by Dave Chapelle, and inspired by Captain Humayun Khan. In addition to these well-known Muslim Americans, millions of Muslim American citizens around the country contribute to the fabric of our society as teachers, business professionals, elected officials, doctors, and more. Celebrate the #MuslimsofAmerica by watching The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's video, “An America Without Muslims” and show that #TogetherWeMakeItGreat.
"No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor." Immanuel Mennonite Church, in Harrisonburg, VA inspired the country with this simple message. Their #WelcomeYourNeighbors signs display the message in Spanish, English, and Arabic, and have inspired hundreds to practice hospitality through #opendoors and #openhearts.
Today, join the movement by printing your own sign, ordering online, or picking one up locally and displaying it in your yard or window. Tag a neighbor to connect your whole community.
A First 100 Ways team member - Areesa Somani - lives just minutes away from the Islamic Center of Eastside, WA, which was recently devastated by arson. This is not an isolated incident. America’s Muslim and Jewish communities in many major urban areas have experienced an increase in hate crimes. In defiance of these acts, the communities have come together in #SolidarityAgainstHate through joint campaigns, appearances, vigils, and other efforts.
Today, we ask YOU to support Areesa and her community by making a donation to ICOE through LaunchGood. There’s only a couple days day left for ICOE to raise the needed funds! Let’s help them meet their goal!
Expand your horizons and become a true #CitizenOfTheWorld by learning about major religions practiced across America and the humankind.
Researchers at @Brainscape created an app to help you get started in 100 seconds. The app provides dynamic flashcards covering the fundamental terms, practices, and facts about six different religious traditions. Download Learn About Religions and get started today.
Greet this week with a prayer, reflection, or release of gratitude for all beings everywhere, without exception, to be well and safe, happy and free, peaceful and content. Find a quiet space in your home, office, or simply inside your mind to take a deep breath and let yourself feel a moment of universal togetherness.
Let this positive energy fuel your week and desire to continue working for compassion, equality and freedom for all. #JoinThePersistence
Don’t just support your local museum - get a membership and provide support for 800+ museums nationwide by becoming a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association! Benefits of membership:
Click here to sign up for a membership and get involved
“Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless they're heard. The freedom of hearing is as important as the freedom of speaking.”
-Musician Tom Smothers
In today’s tense political climates, expressing your beliefs openly is one of the our most valuable and accessible forms of activism. Tell us what freedom of expression means to you by starting a facebook live video and tagging #first100ways
The Trump administration recently released plans to significantly reduce spending on the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatize the Corporation for Public broadcasting. The federal funding currently allocated for these programs makes up a minuscule portion of the federal budget (~0.02%), so eliminating this funding would do nothing to balance the budget while doing great harm to public discourse.
National Public Radio - a continuing source of excellent journalism and support for local art in each community - would be one of the programs hit hardest. From NPR’s donation site:
“The loss of federal funding would undermine the stations' ability to pay NPR for programming, thereby weakening the institution.Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism—especially local journalism—and eventually the loss of public radio stations, particularly in rural and economically distressed communities.”
You can provide support for your local NPR station for as little as $5 / month as a sustaining member. Click here to learn about memberships or make a one-time donation.
The tradition of political cartoons in America dates back to the earliest days of our country, with Benjamin Franklin himself having published his famous “Join or Die” cartoon in 1754. Through satire, metaphor, transgression, humor, and logic, political cartoons have continued to make us laugh, give pause, and provide flashes of understanding into some of our most complex and important challenges.
Today, we celebrate the power of political art by sharing a collection of some of our favorites. We encourage you to take 100 seconds to share a political cartoon today that catches your attention, and tag us using #First100Ways so our community can enjoy it as well.