The protests in Egypt, against a dictatorship the US has supported for decades, are very inspiring. Here is an action alert from the Muslim Public Affairs Council with information on how you can be supportive.
Call White House, State Department & Elected Officials
to Express Concern Over Egyptian Government Crackdown
on Peaceful Protests
(Washington, DC – 1/28/11) — As we witness the people’s non-violent movement for democracy in the Muslim world, first initiated in Tunisia and now pivoting in Egypt, we as Muslim Americans must play an active role to help guarantee democratic reforms.
We pursue these moral goals out of our religious obligation for freedom of all people here and abroad, and out of our American commitment to help freedom-loving people anywhere and everywhere. The demonstrations currently taking place in Egypt – as in Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen and elsewhere — are a representation of people of all persuasions and not led by one ideology, nor driven by one faith.
As a community, we are primarily Muslim American, with roots in the Muslim world. With a unique ability to serve as a cross-cultural bridge, we can and must help guide our country, the United States, to align her foreign policy with American values, including:
We appreciate the admonition of President Barack Obama, who demanded that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak heed the will of his people.
We therefore call on our members of Congress and on our President to pursue the following:
SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS:
Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.
[CONTACT: Marium Mohiuddin, 213-383-3443, firstname.lastname@example.org]