Taking on Anti-Muslim Corporations
Crescendo is a project of ACRE, Little Sis, and MPower Change that is focused on researching and campaigning against anti-Muslim corporations. Anti-Muslim corporations are those that provide financial support to organizations, politicians, other corporations, or individuals that are engaged in attacks on Muslims, and those whose business practices are anti-Muslim (e.g., companies that discriminate against Muslim workers, profit from war in Muslim countries, profit from the incarceration and/or deportation of Muslims, and provide platforms for or promote anti-Muslim hate groups).
The word “crescendo” means to gradually get louder or more intense over time. We aim to build the political power and political voice of the American Muslim community over time, until it reaches a crescendo (i.e., climax, another meaning of the word). “Crescendo” is also derived from the same root as the word “crescent”.
Digital Destroyers: Big Tech Sells War
Since 2001 the “Global War on Terror” has become a household phrase that has set the political, economic, and ideological agenda for the US and its accomplices. The GWoT has done less to keep people safe from terror as it has to grow the reach of US militarism and imperialism and terrorize people across Southwest Asia to Africa, throughout the Global South, and here in the United States. The terrorizing of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in the US by police is another expression of this ideological war that shares the same tools and strategies of surveillance and control.
Trump, Modi, and the Rise of Global Fascism
On September 29, Amnesty International announced it was halting its work in India following a crackdown by the government, including a complete freezing of its bank accounts.
This is just the latest example of repression of human rights defenders and activists by the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and mirrors similar attacks in the US by the administration of President Trump.
As our communities speak up about anti-Black racism with more honesty and openness than ever, we are just beginning to collectively interrogate our Muslim communities’ complicated relationship with police.
In this project, we embark on courageous, vulnerable conversations on police divestment, community safety, and the collective healing of solidarity with our families and community leaders. We try to compassionately bring our people with us into a discourse on abolition that for decades has been deemed “too radical” or impossible—to disrupt our people’s associations of police with safety.
Fanning the Flames
How Big Tech, Wall Street, and Right-Wing Media Corporations Were Complicit in the Christchurch Mosque Shootings and Continue to Enable Anti-Muslim Violence and Bigotry
The Christchurch mosque shootings provide clear evidence that the rise of white nationalism and anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States has global consequences. In this report, we look at the role that Big Tech platforms, Wall Street firms, and right-wing media corporations have played in fanning the flames of white supremacy and anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and abroad.
United States of Islamophobia
51 Corporations That Set the Stage for the SCOTUS Decision on the Muslim Ban 1 Year Ago
One year ago, the highest court in the United States made discrimination against Muslims the official law of the land with its decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban. There is a long history of discrimination and bigotry against Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities in the United States, and corporations have played a key role in spreading it.
How Wall Street Supports Racist Politicians and Enables White Supremacy
The Christchurch Mosque Shootings in New Zealand show us that when American politicians stoke the flames of white nationalism, it has global impacts. Yet, the trade associations that represent big banks like Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of white supremacist Congressional candidates like Steve King (R-IA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), and Lou Barletta (R-PA). These banks have blood on their hands.
JB Pritzker is running for governor in Illinois. So why is the hotel chain owned by his family opening its doors to America’s largest anti-Muslim hate group? Pritzker’s family founded Hyatt Hotels and two of his cousins are still on the Hyatt board. Yet on September 4-5, 2018, the Hyatt Regency Crystal City will host ACT for America’s National Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, has pushed anti-Muslim legislation at the state and federal levels. Last year, the group organized “March Against Sharia” rallies in several cities, which attracted Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The group’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel, has called Muslims “a natural threat to civilized people of the world, particularly Western society.” So why are the Pritzkers doing business with them?
How Amazon’s Platforms Are Used to Spread White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia and How Amazon Can Stop It
July 2018 | Report by ACRE and the Partnership for Working Families
Taking on the Corporations Behind the Muslim Ban
June 2018 | Report by ACRE and LittleSis