WHAT DOES ADVOCACY MEAN TO YOU?

TO US, IT MEANS: WORKING WITH YOU TO ELEVATE HUMANITARIAN VOICES AND THE VOICES OF THOSE WE SERVE.

NOW IS THE TIME

TAKE ACTION FOR THOSE IN NEED

Visit our Eid Greetings page and our Ramadan Greeting page to see nearly 100 messages and Eid and Ramadan greetings from U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and agency officials, commending the Islamic Relief family for its humanitarian and advocacy work, like the video below.

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COVID-19 Joint Advocacy Efforts

“During this crisis we are committed to ensuring that communities and stakeholders are advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable and in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance.”

  • Council of Nonprofits letter to lawmakers by America’s charities requesting $60 billion infusion of support to help the most vulnerable – March 18
  • InterAction letter to Congress requesting $1.5 Billion in Additional Foreign Assistance for International COVID-19 Response in Third Stimulus Bill – March 20
  • HIAS letter calls on Greece to move asylum seekers, refugees to safety – March 24
  • Association of American Disabled Persons (AADP) letter requesting Congress to provide assistance and protection for the vulnerable disabled community – March 24
  • International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) letter requesting Secretary Pompeo and Acting Secretary Wolf act to ensure refugees and individuals who possess or are applying for visas are not unjustly affected by the pandemic – March 31

THE ISSUES

THREE AREAS TO PAY ATTENTION TO

GENDER JUSTICE

We’re calling for an end to Early and Forced Marriage (EFM) as part of a wider strategy to promote universal human rights …

POVERTY & THE FOOD CRISIS

Hunger is the world’s No. 1 health risk—it kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined …

HELPING REFUGEES

We want the voices of refugees to be heard, and we advocate for solutions to the root causes that lead to their displacement.

HOT TOPICS

STAY IN THE KNOW

Stay “woke” and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week’s word is on: FAMILY SEPARATIONS. Get the scoop at  irusa.org/whats-the-word-on

THE STATS

NUMBERS TO KNOW

ON GENDER EQUALITY

21%

Of 535 members in the U.S. Congress, only 112 are women. That’s only 21%. [source: Congressional Research Service]

ON POVERTY & THE FOOD CRISIS

1/6

13 million children in the U.S. face hunger: that’s one out of every six. [source: FeedingAmerica.org]

ON REFUGEES

65.6

65.6 MILLION people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. [source: UNHCR.org]

YOUR VOICE, OUR ADVOCACY

GO VOTE!

IRUSA is helping our community get registered for voting. Learn more at  irusa.org/govote 

THE ADVOCATES

THIS WORK IS IMPORTANT FOR US ALL

Our advocacy work reaches all levels of government. We lobby local, state and federal legislators who hold power over our most precious resources: food, security, and access. We mobilize our partners and engage citizens. We work through YOU, to carry the voices of those most vulnerable in our communities.

OUR VALUES

THE CORE OF OUR FAITH, THE CORE OF OUR WORK

Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and conduct, which are deserving of the people we serve.

In responding to poverty and suffering, our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfill our obligations to humanity.

Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfill the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed toward realizing their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.

We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarians to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.

We uphold our duty of custodianship over the Earth, its resources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners. We are transparent and accountable.

“ WHAT A RELIEF! ” PODCAST 113:

ANDREW HANAUER ON BRINGING HEARTS AND MINDS TOGETHER

Andrew Hanauer talks about a goal to bring a very challenged American society together with B.C. Dodge in this 112th episode of Islamic Relief USA’s “What A Relief!” podcast.

Andrew Hanauer is the Director of the One America Movement whose mission is to build bridges and solve problems by bringing Americans together across racial, religious, political and geographic divides to address pressing social problems—poverty, opioids, racial tension and more. The organization has ten operating chapters within states such as Maryland, Illinois, and Oklahoma. In this episode, he shares the vision One America has for a stronger and more united country

“ WHAT A RELIEF! ” PODCAST 114:

THE INTERSECTION OF SERVICE AND SPIRITUALITY WITH DAWOOD YASIN

Dawood Yasin sits down for an insightful What-A-Relief podcast about the spiritual value of serving humanity

There are many valuable things people learn while seeking a higher education. In the halls of universities across the world, most students are seeking opportunities to better their future, obtain meaningful careers, and build lifelong bonds. Naeem Muhammad interviewed our guest Imam Dawood Yasin of our latest podcast about where his passion for exploration has brought him and how he now teaches students to do the same and serve.

At Zaytuna College, in Berkeley California, Yasin is an administrator that believes deeply in exploring the true meaning of education. He also provides a pathway toward seeing the spiritual value of service while also earning a degree. He is the Director of student life at Zaytuna and his efforts towards service learning engagements were born out of a fight against stagnation.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER WORLD

So, you ready to work together on the next advocacy campaign? Sign up to be an advocate. If you have any questions, connect with us at 1-855-447-1001 or publicaffairs@irusa.org.

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