We hope you are well.
We have a number of interesting events and actions coming up in London over the next two months, including a “Mean Tweets Party,” a Fast-Defying protest in solidarity with those persecuted for eating during Ramadan, and an apostate flashmob. We also have some wonderful speakers lined up for our monthly meet-ups. For a current listing of events and speaking engagements, including internationally, visit here. [You can read Maryam Namazie’s recent speech at Reason Rally 2016 in Washington DC entitled: Out, Loud and Proud for Secularism here.]
24 JUNE 2016: FAST DEFYING PROTEST DURING RAMADAN
On 24 June, we will be organising an “eat-in” at the Saudi and Iranian embassies in London in solidarity with those defying fasting rules during Ramadan. This is hugely important given that there are many people across the globe who are arrested, beaten and fined for eating during the month; many others are pressured into fasting, including in Europe. Join us at the ‘eat-in’ if you can.
Alternately, you can upload photos of yourself eating during fasting times or holding signs with messages of solidarity using hashtag: #IWillNotFast #لن_اصوم #روزه خوارى #Ramadan until the end of Ramadan. Happy fast-defiance! More details here.
17 JUNE: MARKING THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAIF BADAWI’S IMPRISONMENT
CEMB is joining PEN and others in marking the 4th anniversary of Raif Badawi’s imprisonment by calling on people to show their ongoing support for him and his family by sharing a photo of themselves holding a poster of Raif or a message of solidarity. We are aiming to get 1000 images to represent the 1000 lashes to which Raif has been sentenced. Find out more details here. #FreeRaif
HATE CRIMES AGAINST EX-MUSLIMS
CEMB is gathering information on hate crimes against ex-Muslims. We will be submitting this information to a body looking into the matter so please email us any relevant details on your individual experiences as soon as you can.
CENSORSHIP BY FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
We are also gathering evidence of censorship by Facebook and Twitter of ex-Muslims, secularists and atheists so do send us any relevant information. We plan a protest at their offices in the near future.
Please take some time to volunteer with us if you have time to spare. If you can, donate to our organisation. No amount is too small and much of what we do has been made possible with your donations. You can donate to CEMB here.
Thanks again for all your support; a special thanks to those who donate on a monthly basis.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
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