We will not be silenced by Khadijah Bint Costello

Our nation is one who pretty much became a Super Power by bullying everyone else. If you are not with the United States, you are against them, if you do not conform to the policies established by the government you are a traitor and if you are helping the poor by sending envoys of medicine and food, the Internal Revenue Service investigates you. Moreover, if you help a charity that is helping Muslims you become a terrorist aid.

I am writing this article, because the United States government is targeting groups of men and women whose intention is to help others with great necessity and less opportunity of obtaining that help fast enough. One of the groups in question is; The Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) “For more than two years we have been the victim of political persecution and an aggressive harassment campaign by the IRS and now they’re going after our 501(c)(3) status. Imagine, the first national foundation controlled by people of color in the United States, now being denied tax-exempt status by the US government; this is a moral outrage!” declared Gail Walker, Co-Director of IFCO. 

You may ask, “Why is the IRS harassing IFCO?  How can such organization be the target of such investigation?”  First, IFCO together with UK base charity called ViVa Palestine, who sends flotillas and envoys of humanitarian aid to the civilians in Gaza. And this is the kicker, Congresswoman Sue Myrick, says that ViVa Palestine is a terrorist front group. Congresswoman Myrick has made known her intention by smearing not only Muslims but immigrants also.  Second, IFCO has given scholarships to low-income  youth of color to attend the Latin American Medical School in Cuba. That brings us to our third point on hand, the United States likes to make money and by IFCO sending students to Cuba to study free:  the government is not making money, the banks are not making money and the Universities are defiantly not making money as they continue to raise tuition and poor students are not able to attend.

To the United States of America:

Allow IFCO to keep their 501 status. Stop the worthless accusations towards IFCO.  Allow them to continue helping our youth and humanity.

Now you can read the press release and judge for yourself how our government destroys all the good that the private sector is trying to do.  Let your voice be heard, join us in the fight against the IRS.

Human Rights Group Attacked by the IRS for Supporting Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Palestine and Cuba

Contact:  Emily Thomas  212-926-5757  or cell 347-262-6466

The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) is denouncing a politically motivated attack by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is threatening to revoke the faith-based, human rights organization’s tax exempt status as a non-profit.

“For more than two years we have been the victim of political persecution and an aggressive harassment campaign by the IRS and now they’re going after our 501(c)(3) status. Imagine, the first national foundation controlled by people of color in the United States, now being denied tax-exempt status by the US government; this is a moral outrage!” declared Gail Walker, Co-Director of IFCO.

Arch conservative and former Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC) and Brad Sherman (D-CA) demanded that the IRS investigate IFCO for its fiscal sponsorship of the UK-based charity Viva Palestina, which organized flotillas and convoys of humanitarian aid delivered to the civilian population of Gaza, beginning in 2009. Myrick, who has a long record of Muslim and immigrant bashing, has tried to smear Viva Palestina as being a terrorist front group. The IRS is also attempting to strip IFCO of its non-profit status citing the group’s long-standing work with Cuba and organizing against the US blockade of Cuba.

“We will not be intimidated by the US government, which has for decades harassed us for our work against the US blockade of Cuba. Now the IRS is trying to strip us of our tax exempt status to keep us from expressing people-to-people solidarity, whether that be in Palestine or in Cuba. But they cannot stop us from following our faith by offering a cold cup of water to our neighbors in need and voicing our dissent to unjust US foreign policies,” said Father Luis Barrios, Co-Director of IFCO.

IFCO is fighting back by organizing a grassroots campaign to get the IRS to back down. The group is mounting an email and social media blitz to get supporters to contact Congress and demand that the IRS end its attack on the nearly 50-year-old faith-based organization, whose caravans to Cuba have delivered thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to schools, hospitals, and churches. The group also administers a scholarship program for low-income youth of Color to attend the Latin American Medical School in Cuba to create a free health care network for poor people in the United States.

“We will not be silenced. We will march, protest and organize direct action if we must, but the work of IFCO — from the caravans to the medical school scholarships for youth to our fiscal sponsorship programs — will continue,” added Walker.

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Boricua Muslimah

Graduate from Rutgers Newark. Journalist, photographer and videographer.

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