“A group of friends and I have been working throughout all of 2022 to create a more equitable environment for Muslims. We are trying to convince the school district to give Muslims two of their holidays off, including Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. (I found out while typing this that autocorrect doesn’t even understand these terms, even though they apply to the 3rd biggest religion in the world, which makes me incredibly sad.) We’ve created a petition to determine whether people feel the same, and have received ~1000 signatures so far. We have also approached the school board and started to familiarize them with this idea.”
Why is this issue important to you?
“While not Muslim myself, I have Muslim friends, and greatly respect the culture. I have also observed a big Muslim community within our school district, and they should be able to celebrate their holidays just like Christians or Jews. The most important Jewish value to me states that everyone should be treated equally, that everyone is human regardless of how they look, and that all are welcome. This has had a huge influence on me my entire life, and I finally decided to act on it. My goal is to one day provide equity throughout the entire world for everyone, from small things to big things.”