On my way to NY
The Muslims for Progressive Values conference is this weekend, so I'm off to New York.
I'm really excited about this conference which is going to bring together progressive Muslim activists for brainstorming and strategic planning, as well as serve as a platform for the first elections for the MPV board of directors, the adoption of bylaws.
I'm very hopeful that out of this we will come with some concrete plans for the next two years, action items, and a structure around which we can recruit greater membership and draw in other progressive organizations to form a coalition which will make our voices more audible because of their unity.
Sadly, the need for progressive Muslims, and liberal, and moderate Muslims, even non-militant conservative Muslims to be organized and to be unified is only all to evident given the terrible events in Palestine and Iraq this week. Obviously, these are societies under seige, but it is horrible to see Muslims turning on one another over political or sectarian differences. It reminds me of a picture I once saw of a snake curled back upon itself, devouring it's own tail.