Listen to the perspectives of Muslim people

Location | Worldwide

Text thanks to Action Station

Like with any religious, ethnic or age group, there are multiple perspectives and experiences within the Muslim community. Muslims are an ethnically diverse demographic hailing from 80 different countries around the world. They have been in Aotearoa since 1860.

Widening the articles we read, and the podcasts we listen to, to include a range of Muslim writers or producers is one way we can begin to understand these different perspectives. Here are a couple of pieces that have been written in the wake of the Christchurch attack.

Here is a podcast that came out in 2017, but is essential listening for anyone wanting to understand what life is like for a Muslim person living in New Zealand today.

  • Public Enemy is an award-winning four-part podcast series from RNZ looking at the growing Muslim communities in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and how elections, counter-terrorism policies, war and xenophobia have changed lives.

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Drop a message of support or baking to the 111 call takers

Location | Wellington | Auckland | Christchurch

There are 111 call takers in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch who received calls about this horrific attack. Show your support for these front-line staff by sending an email, making a card or dropping off baking.

Please note, the Christchurch call takers are receiving a large amount of food donations. While they are very grateful please make sure you share the love and donate perishables to others around Christchurch who need it.

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Donate

Here are some ways you can donate if you have the means: 

  1. Al Manar trust emergency appeal 
    This is to offer a simple help from the community around New Zealand to support the affected families.
    http://almanar.co.nz/christchurch-tragedy/ 

  2. Christchurch Resettlement Services

    Your support today will enable CRS to keep a team of highly skilled and dedicated staff out in the community, helping more people reach their potential and ensuring Christchurch is a strong, diverse and welcoming place.
     http://crs.org.nz/donate…

  3. Give a little

    Victim Support will use all donations received to this page to provide support and resources for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members.
    https://givealittle.co.nz/…/christchurch-shooting-victims-f…

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Volunteer for the Wellington Vigil

Location | Wellington

On Sunday 17th March from 5.30pm (for a 6pm start) in Wellington Te Ngākau Civic Square, we will hold a candlelight vigil for our communities affected by the Christchurch tragedy.

Please sign up to volunteer here - https://goo.gl/forms/wYjQcLkNgSlXS0ry2

The event will run for approximately one hour. Public transport to, and parking around, the event will be free.

More information about the event - https://www.facebook.com/events/2155959721135905/

There are three volunteer tasks people can help with:

  1. Collect donations for victims/families of victims 

  2. Get signatures for a petition to triple the refugee quota

  3. Hand out flyers with more information about how people can make change

If you're keen for any of those tasks, can you please sign up here and/or share with friends? There will be a volunteer briefing today at 4.30pm outside City Gallery in Civic Square.

Kia kaha, with love,

ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, Wellington City Council, Wellington Multicultural Council, Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign, Peace Action Wellington, Wellington Interfaith Council, ActionStation, Amnesty International New Zealand, Volunteering New Zealand, Concerned Citizens and other supporting organisations.

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