US Muslim Groups Join Nationwide Call for Unity

WASHINGTON – Leading Muslim rights groups have joined a nationwide coalition of interfaith and civic groups urging all Americans of all faith, racial and political backgrounds to commit to working with each other post-elections in order to build a more united country.

The campaign, titled #OnNovember9, asks all Americans to go on social media the day before the election and share the actions they will take to reduce the tensions brought about by this divisive election cycle.

Their #OnNovember9 pledges will serve as a reminder to all Americans that  they can, and must, work together to rebuild the nation’s unity.

The Muslim groups include the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

“We need to pledge to do all in our power, within our families, neighborhoods and communities, to build a more united, stronger America. #OnNovember9, I pledge to revive civility by listening without judgment and by acknowledging the real feelings of mistrust and injustice that underscore many of people’s grievances today,” Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President, said.

Sample Tweets include:

#OnNovember9, I pledge to visit a local house of worship different from my own and introduce myself as a loving neighbor

#OnNovember9 I pledge to invite into my home, friends or colleagues that voted differently than I did, and talk about how we can move forward

#OnNovember9 I pledge to not use divisive labels or make assumptions about people on social media or at community gatherings

The announcement came as billionaire businessman Donald Trump defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in hard-fought election on Wednesday early morning.

A former reality TV star, Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015.

Since then, the billionaire businessman from New York has consistently alienated minority groups, refused to release his tax returns and remained seemingly unapologetic for leaked tapes in which he brags about sexually assaulting women.