Hilltop Unity March & March For Our Lives: Two Turning Points for Our Youth
Last two weeks have been phenomenal for us. They have positively impacted our youth at so many levels.
The Hilltop Unity March on March 18th, was very successful. Dozens of community leaders and elected officials joined community members and came out to support Wedgwood community. The event received very positive media coverage as well.
This was followed by the March For Our Lives in Columbus. Earlier on, our youth leader, Samira Mohamud, showed interest in organizing youth against gun violence. We supported her fully. I took her to the planning meetings and introduced her to other activists/youth leaders. She ended up organizing the student walk out at her school and later joined the organizers of March For Our Lives. She spoke at the march and is now focusing on more important programs and initiatives.
And She is not alone.
I am super excited to share with you that all of our youth leaders are pretty moved. They are truly grateful of all people that came to support them on March 18th. In our discussion about having another Wedgewood Spruce Up Day, they all voted to help other Hilltop Leaders with their cleaning efforts in the Hilltop first and organizing their own Spruce Up Day later. They all felt that it's time for them to go beyond their own homes and to give back to the Hilltop community. They are ready to help organize more events and initiatives with the mainstream Hilltop/Columbus community.
It has been so heartwarming to see all of them stepping up more by every passing day, but last night was exceptional. I would like to thank everyone who has showed up at our meetings or events over the last year or so. Your presence has made this difference.
Huge Thanks to Momina Tashfeen and Mvslim for writing and publishing this awesome piece about our work at MY Project USA, MY Project USA-DaytonOhio, MY Family Pantry, and Muslims Against Human Trafficking.
Momina writes: "Muslims have a reputation for charity work and providing aid to those in need, as it is our Islamic and human duty. Granted, there is still an underlying urge to silence controversial issues, like human trafficking, drug addiction, and domestic abuse. One woman, Zerqa Abid, had a vision to address issues of all wrongful networks and give the survivors and victims a place of safety, therapy and care. Sister Zerqa, has built a non-profit with an exceptional effort and strong purpose. Her non-profit, My Project USA, strives to make sure that no person will turn to selling themselves in order to survive or be forced into such a position by another. From food pantries open to the poor, to girl/boy-scouts in drug infused communities, My Project USA has become the local paradigm of combating human/sex trafficking that every Muslim should be aware of."