ACTION ALERT- Follow Our Lead on Friday And Say #Thank You @Twitter

By Zeba Iqbal

Muslims and non-Muslims in New York City and across the country have been upset by the news about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims. The news is disturbing and deeply concerning to say the least. However, we are heartened by and very appreciative of the number of people and organizations that have come forth to support us, to speak out with us and for us - and to defend civil rights for all.

We have taken note — and we want to express our gratitude. There is no better time than the present, and no better place than Twitter. Today — Friday, March 2, 2012 — we are going to #FF and say #ThankYou to the many individuals, including elected officials, journalists and universities that are supporting us and speaking out.We hope that you will join us on Twitter to help us say #ThankYou all day and all night.

We have a list of tweets to get everyone started. Feel free to use these, tweak them, or create your own. All we ask is that you include #ThankYou and #FF in your tweets.

Elected Officials

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @RepMikeHonda for asking for Fed investigation of #NYPD http://ow.ly/9oAjD 

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @SenatorMenendez http://ow.ly/9oJJX I’m #American #Muslim & a voter.

I want to #ThankYou #FF@CoryBooker @GovChristie for defending civil rights for all http://ow.ly/9oA10

I’m an #American #Muslim. #ThankYou #FF @SenatorParker for asking AG Schneiderman to investigate #NYPD surveillance http://ow.ly/9oJvQ

I’m an #American #Muslim. #ThankYou #FF @SenatorParker for seeking #NYPD oversight http://ow.ly/9oJvg

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @RepMikeHonda for asking for Fed investigation of #NYPD http://ow.ly/9oAjD

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @RushHolt for asking for investigation of #NYPD http://ow.ly/9p2qg

Journalists and Media Outlets

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @Matapuzzo @goldmanc @esullivanap @chawley1 for #NYPD reporting http://www.ap.org/nypd/

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @tnyCloseRead for Koran & #NYPD http://ow.ly/9oxNB

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @jdforward for Jewish Students Decry Spying on Muslims http://ow.ly/9oxYI

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @fp_magazine @hsmoghul for ‘Stop the Reckless Spying on Muslims http://ow.ly/9p2h1

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @patheos @patheosmuslim for Am Mus & #NYPD Trust Deficit http://ow.ly/9ozHf

I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @ggreenwald @politics_salon for #NYPD spying: microcosm for 9/11 era http://ow.ly/9ozOD

Universities

NYU: I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @nyu @icnyu for your support of your students http://ow.ly/9oAzd

NYU: I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @nyu, @icnyu and Pres Sexton for your letter to #NYPD http://ow.ly/9oACD

Yale: I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @yale and Pres Levin for your letter to @MikeBloomberg http://ow.ly/9oAFA

Columbia: I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. I want to #ThankYou #FF @LEE_BOLLINGER @Columbia for your support of your students

Rutgers: I’m #American #Muslim & a voter. #ThankYou #FF @rutgersu @rumuslimalums for defending your Students’ Civil Rights http://ow.ly/9oAKT

Send us more tweet suggestions on Twitter or in the comments section below.

#ThankYou and Happy Tweeting!

Zeba Iqbal (@zeba369)
Hind Makki (@hindmakki)
Fatemeh Fakhraie (@fatemehf)
Wajahat Ali (@wajahatali)
Hussein Rashid (@islamoyankee)
Aziz Poonawalla (@azizhp)

Zeba Iqbal lives in New York City and was a founding member of Muslims Against Terrorism/Muslim Voices for Peace, an organization founded in the aftermath of September 11th. She also led a grassroots effort to thank General Powell in October 2008 and presented his office with 300+ letters from the Muslim American community. Zeba was a 2009-10 Fellow of USC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.


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