DISAGREEMENT DOESN'T EQUAL HATE
It's simple really. We want to provide accurate information on the issue of Muslim Immigration, backed up by cold hard facts, expert interviews, and knowledge straight from the source. Opinions are everywhere these days. However, many are not supported or based off facts. While some thoughts are harmless, others can greatly impact how people feel, function, and relate.
Now, you might think that this already sounds biased, but actually, this initiative was put together by a team of students from the University of Houston, that identify with many different ideologies, religions, and come from diverse backgrounds. We decided to begin this campaign to provide the facts on a particularly polarizing issue at the moment.
It is our ultimate hope that we can provide accurate and quality information directly from the source in an attempt to encourage more informed opinions to combat some of the more extreme views in society. But, our campaign is also about finding the confidence and connection to feel comfortable speaking up to hate and prejudice. Our slogan, "disagreement doesn't equal hate" stems from our belief that, regarding any issue, one should be able to openly discuss their feelings with peers and strangers, and not feel that their opinion or beliefs isolate them from others. We want you to know that opinions matter, but that it is better to ensure those thoughts are supported by facts.
Me to We was formed in the hope that one individual can speak up and start a movement of understanding, and positivity...that the collective "we" is greater than "me". If enough of us can raise our voice against extreme opinions, our individual voices can combine to overcome such views.
1. Inform the public on Islam and current facts regarding Muslim Immigration
2. Facilitate an honest and open discussion to teach and council those with questions
3. Embolden individual voices to drown out hate and prejudice of Muslims
4. Encourage others to develop more informed opinions, rather than extreme ones
The Me to We campaign is a part of the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism program. The Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and managed by EdVenture Partners. Facebook serves as the technology sponsor by providing the student teams $400 (USD) in Facebook ad credits.