Sign-On Statement on Anti-Muslim Rallies Oct. 9th & 10th

Sign-On Statement on Anti-Muslim Rallies Oct. 9th & 10th

As proud Americans and as people of faith and/or supporters of social justice we collectively oppose this weekend’s anti-Muslim protests which are deceivingly named the Global Rally for Humanity. This toxic display of ignorance, fear and intimidation is antithetical to American values.

Several of the individuals leading this effort are calling for protesters to show up armed, in “open carry” fashion. This means that — by design — entire families could be subjected to frightening confrontations with angry, gun wielding protesters.

The Facebook page promoting these events gives very clear …

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Nashville’s Mayoral Candidates

Meet the seven candidates running to be Nashville’s next Mayor. Be sure to check out our candidate survey to learn more about each of these mayoral hopefuls and where they stand on important issues facing our city!

(in alphabetical order)

MEGAN BARRY

ACO Survey Responses

Campaign website

CHARLES ROBERT BONE

ACO Survey Responses

Campaign website

DAVID FOX

ACO Survey Responses

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An open letter to the President on immigration & TN Muslims

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Nashville. We are sure you have chosen our city because of the incredible progress made by our immigrant communities. However, the successes of Tennessee’s immigrants have not come without serious challenges and social strife.

We are writing to you today to draw your attention to a unique and thriving community. A community which in many ways represents what is best about America. It is one of the most culturally and racially diverse groups in the United States. This community includes a very …

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ACT NOW: Bill to Censor Diversity in Textbooks is Moving!

Two weeks ago because of our collective efforts, we were able to delay the vote on the HB1129 by T. Hill. HB1129 seeks to create new barriers for how the historical achievements of minorities in Tennessee are portrayed by deleting important guidelines on diversity in textbooks.

We are expecting amendments to be added to the bill. Let’s continue to take action so that any amendments introduced will protect the section of the Tennessee code that encourages the teaching of diversity.

The bill is on the calendar of the …

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Textbook Censorship

SB 1602 by *Bell (HB 2249 by *Casada)

Click here for our talking points. 

As introduced, restructures the textbook commission and the textbook selection process. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 49.

This bill has been placed behind the budget on 4/7/14. 

 

SB 1266 by *Niceley (HB 1129 by *Hill T)

We are now NEUTRAL on this bill as amended in the House.

As introduced, requires emphasis on American foundational instruments and instruction in American historical achievement. – Amends TCA Title 49.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee on 3/20/14. 

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Attacks on Equal Opportunity

SJR 0486 by *Summerville 

Constitutional Amendments – Prohibits the State of Tennessee from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 01/16/14.

 

SB 1589 by *Summerville

As introduced, prohibits agencies or entities of state or local government from maintaining, keeping, or circulating any information on the number of employees on the basis of …

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Anti-Bullying Policies in School

SB 1124 by *Kyle (HB 0927 by *Camper)

As introduced, expands definition of harassment and bullying in schools to include conduct based on actual or perceived demographic traits, requires review of anti-bullying policies at least once every three years, clarifies that such policies apply to students, school staff and volunteers. – Amends TCA Title 49.

This bill has been taken off notice in the House Education Committee on 4/1/14. 

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Stronger Together

 

Stronger Together: How religious minorities can thrive at school

When and Where:

Monday, October 21, 7:00pm

Montgomery Bell Academy

Pfeffer Auditorium in the Ingram Science Building

4001 Harding Road

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Commissioner West Issues Apology

A day after ACO and the American Muslim Advisory Council alerted the community about the hateful post by a local Tennessee public official, Coffee County Commissioner Barry West releases official apology.

Mr. West spoke with our Director of Policy & Administration earlier in the day and expressed his “heartfelt, sincere apology.” Commissioner West went on to state that his “intent was never to offend or harm anyone” and the post was a “mistake.”  Commissioner West has agreed to meet with Muslim constituents to further discuss the …

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2014 Legislative Wrap-up

2014 Legislative Wrap-up

The 2014 Tennessee legislative session has finally come to an end and it has been an exciting year for ACO. With our continued presences representing the Muslim voice at the state capitol and in political matters, we have worked diligently to ensure that our community is heard. The Muslim voice is now playing an integral role in safeguarding the religious freedoms and civil liberties of all Tennesseans. As expected this year, we saw a decline in the number of bills that were directly targeting our community. However, …

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Advocating for TN Muslims -Knoxville

Advocating for TN Muslims -Knoxville

We would be honored with your presence at a special banquet dinner entitled “Advocating for Tennessee Muslims.”

Speakers will include: Sh. Hassan Laccheb, Imam Rafiq Mahdi, and Sr. Remziya Suleyman

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Time: 6:00pm
Location: An-Noor Academy (721 Foxvue Rd. Knoxville, TN 37922)

 

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New Attacks on Refugee Resettlement Programs

HB 1326 by *Womick ( SB 1325 by *Ketron)

As introduced, requires the Tennessee office for refugees to compile and report certain refugee resettlement information; requires refugee resettlement agencies to pay the state certain costs incurred by the state from resettlement activities; directs certain funds received to the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 9; Title 49 and Title 71.

This bill has been placed on State and Local Government Committee calendar for 4/9/2013 & sent to a summer study committee in the House. (Bill is done for 2013)

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Impact of Laws on Diversity

SB 0740 by *Tate ( HB 1231 by *Turner J)

As introduced, upon request of a member of the general assembly, directs the fiscal review committee to include within a fiscal note an assessment of the bill’s impact on the diversity of individuals participating in state or local government. – Amends TCA Section 3-2-107.

This bill has been referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee on 2/6/2013, and to the House State Government Committee on 2/26/2013.

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Anti-Bullying Policy in Schools

SB 1124 by *Kyle ( HB 0927 by *Camper)

Click here for talking points

As introduced, expands definition of harassment and bullying in schools to include conduct based on actual or perceived demographic traits, requires review of anti-bullying policies at least once every three years, clarifies that such policies apply to students, school staff and volunteers. – Amends TCA Title 49.

This bill has been assigned to the Senate General Education Subcommittee calendar for 4/1/2013, and sent to the Department of Education in the House on 3/26/2013.

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Supporting ELL Programs

SB 1118 by *Kyle ( HB 0895 by *Powell)

As introduced, requires funding of the BEP at the level of one ELL instructor for each 20 students who are English language learners and one ELL translator for each 200 students who are English language learners. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 3, Part 3.

This bill has been assigned to the General Senate Education Subcommittee on 3/27/13, and taken off Notice for the House Education Subcommittee on 3/26/13.

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Positive Bills for 2014

As we continue to ensure a sustained presence at the state capitol, ACO will regularly update you on proposed legislation and their impact on our community.

Click on the headings below, to get more information on each bill that we are closely monitoring this legislative session.

Click here to sign up for ACO’s legislative alerts.

For more information about ACO’s advocacy work, please contact our Director of Policy & Administration, Remziya Suleyman, at remziya@acotn.org.

 

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English Only Policies

HB 0593 by *Sparks ( SB 0900 by *Campfield)

Click here for talking points

As introduced, requires that all written and oral examinations administered to applicants for a driver license, intermediate driver license, temporary driver license, or temporary intermediate driver license shall be in English only. – Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 50, Part 3.

Taken Off Notice in the House Transportation Subcommittee and sent to the general subcommittee of the Senate Transportation Committee on 3/20/2013. (Bill is done for 2013)

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Requiring English and Civics Testing for TN HOPE Scholarships

SB 0006 by *Summerville:

As introduced, requires students seeking Tennessee HOPE scholarships, Tennessee HOPE access grants and Tennessee HOPE scholarships for nontraditional students to pass the U.S. citizenship and immigration service’s naturalization tests on English and civics to be eligible for the scholarship or grant. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 4, Part 9.

This bill has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee on 3/20/2013.

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Barriers to Partaking in the Civic Process

HB 0985 by *Matheny ( SB 0549 by *Bell) 

Click here for talking points on the bill
Attorney General’s Opinion: Bill is “Constitutionally Suspect“

As introduced, prohibits persons who are not U.S. citizens from being admitted to polling places; requires appointed poll watchers to be U.S. citizens. – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 7, Part 1.

This bill has passed the Senate, and held on house desk on 3/11/2013. (Bill is done for 2013)

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Attacks on Equal Opportunity

SB 0007 by *Summerville  

As introduced, prohibits state government entities from compiling and keeping statistics and data by race, gender or ethnicity unless specifically required by federal law or court order; requires state government entities to identify all laws that contravene this prohibition and to propose legislation to eliminate such laws. – Amends amend TCA Title 4 and Title 49.

This bill has been referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee on 01/10/2013 (Bill is done for 2013)

 

SB 0008 by *Summerville ( HB 0448 by *Powers) 

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Muslim Day on The Hill

ACO Response to Masjid Al-Farooq Vandalism

Following another act of vandalism at Al-Farooq mosque in South Nashville early this morning, the Muslim community rejects such acts of violence and destruction against any and all houses of worship. Houses of worship for all faiths are sacred and should be safe spaces for worshipers, families and children. We are grateful for the rapid response from law enforcement. We call on community leaders and clergy at this time to join us in condemning and speaking against yet another act of violence targeting an Islamic center in …

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Thank You For An Incredible Year!

Your support has allowed us to be a stronger, more effective organization changing the negative perception of Muslims in Tennessee. Because of you, we have made tremendous strides throughout 2012. Below are just a few of our major accomplishments this year that we want to highlight.

Without your sustained support we cannot be successful in what we do. As we prepare for 2013, I ask that you please make a contribution today to further support our movement. Next year will surely bring new challenges but as …

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Upcoming Workshop: A Muslim Roadmap to TN Elections

“A Muslim Guide to Tennessee Election”

(Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.) 

Memphis Islamic Center

10225 Humphreys Rd

Cordova, TN 38018

 

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Ask Congress to End Indefinite Detention Today!

Last year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions authorizes the president to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world.

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee began its consideration of this year’s NDAA this week. The 2013 NDAA includes a misleading section that safeguards “habeas corpus rights,” the right to petition the courts …

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2012 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2012 legislative session has finally come to an end. What an exciting year it has been for us. Just as we launched the American Center for Outreach (ACO), the legislative session went into full throttle. Several dozen bills were introduced immediately that would have affected our community. However, as an outcome of last year’s mobilization and ACO’s continued lobbying presences, lawmakers reconsidered many costly and divisive legislation that had no benefit for Tennesseans.

Below you will find descriptions of the major …

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Sample Letter to Governor Haslam Asking to Veto SB3345/HB3540

Subject Line: Please Veto SB3345/HB 3540!

Dear Governor Haslam:

I am writing to respectfully request that you veto SB3345 by Ketron/HB3540 by Matheny. As originally introduced, SB3345/HB3540 would prevent any noncitizen from being involved in a charter school; in its current form, the bill establishes arbitrary restrictions on the nationality and ethnicity of teachers, regardless of their qualifications or suitability for the subject matter. Even though the bill has been amended extensively, we are extremely concerned about the unintended consequences and possible federal Title VI …

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Ask Your Legislators to Vote NO on limiting diversity in charter schools!

Ask Your Legislators to Vote NO on limiting diversity in charter schools!

Bills Preventing Diversity in Charter Schools Close to Passage

Our Collective Voice was Heard!

UPDATE: Because of our collective efforts this bill was amended extensively and a watered down version was pushed back until TOMORROW morning for a vote in the Senate. However, we still have serious concerns about the unintended consequences and message this bill is sending about our state. Let’s continue to contact our legislators and remind them that Tennesseans want to keep their state a welcoming place for ALL. For more information about …

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“Clergy on The Hill Day” on 3/13/2012

“Clergy Day on The Hill” on 3/13/2012

“Clergy Day on the Hill in Nashville, Tenn., was co-sponsored by Clergy for Tolerance and American Center for Outreach. Please credit EthicsDaily.com when using these photos. Go to https://plus.google.com/100924452696077008912/posts/iEbxHroefyb for higher-res photos.”

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“Clergy Day on The Hill”

“Clergy Day on The Hill”

Title: “Clergy Day on The Hill”
Location: Capitol Hill – Nashville, TN
Link out: Click here
Description: The American Center for Outreach (ACO) is proud to sponsor “Clergy Day on The Hill” organized by Clergy for Tolerance.

Remziya Suleyman, Director of Policy & Administration for ACO, will be training clergy and introducing them to state lawmakers to discuss issues of tolerance and inclusiveness that are important to people of faith in Tennessee.
Start Time: 08:00
Date: 2012-03-13
End Time: 17:00

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Find Your Legislator

Find Your Legislator

Find your the Senator and Representative for your district at www.capitol.tn.gov

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Action Alerts

Action Alerts

Action alerts are to alert you about important issues impacting your everyday life and give you the information you need to take action on a critical issue.

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Support ACO/Donate : ways you can give Send a check payable to: ACO at 1000 South Cooper St. Memphis TN 38104 Donate online by using your credit card For more information about these opportunities contact us at info@acotn.org ACO is a citizen and community driven organization. Please help ACO continue its mission of helping immigrant and minority communities become more involved in civic life by donating today.

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