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My Fellow American-National Campaign to share untold Stories of Muslims in America

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“Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country?  The answer is no, that’s not America.”

–   General Colin Powell –

MY FELLOW AMERICAN

National Campaign to Share the Untold Stories of Muslims in America

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62% of Americans have never met a Muslim.

Do you know a Muslim? Share your story through Youtube.

CALL TO ACTION
Recent mosque protests and congressional hearings on American Muslims are all unfortunate examples of a rising tide of fear. This climate of suspicion towards our fellow Americans compromises the great values that our country was founded upon. We are calling on concerned Americans like yourself to share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that you admire. If you are Muslim ask your non-Muslims in your life to send in a video.

 

HOW IT WORKS
Record a brief video about a Muslim American that you would like to share with the rest of America.  Videos can be funny, heartfelt, or serious but above all else, they should be genuine.

Once you’ve uploaded your video, send us the link via e-mail to videos@myfellowamerica.tv with the subject heading “My Fellow American”.

STORIES CAN BE ABOUT
Here are some ideas for stories, but feel free to come up with your own:

  • A Muslim that you know personally.
    • A wedding, road trip, studying for an exam, attending a concert, overcoming a difficulty together, or other event that stands out for you.
  • A Muslim that you don’t know personally.
    • A kind deed, generous gesture, or friendly exchange with a stranger who happened to be Muslim, which made an impression on you.
  • A Muslim that you never met.
    • An athlete, entertainer, politician, soldier, health care professional, academic, who inspired you.
QUICK TIPS
Positioning-Please sit directly in front of the camera/webcam and make sure to look into it when you speak.
Sound quality-Please make sure to record your video in a quiet setting. Keep machinery and walking traffic in mind when recording. Also, remember to speak clearly and loud enough so that the camera picks up the audio.

Lighting
Try to have light shine on your face from behind the camera. Natural lighting is superior to artificial letting. The best time of the day to use natural lighting is one hour before sunset. Avoid recording at night or in the dark room.

Youtube Account
In order to upload your video, you must have a valid YouTube account.  If you don’t have an account, sign up at www.youtube.com.

HAVE A GREAT STORY BUT NO CAMERA?
If you have a great story but don’t have a camera to record it, the first 30 stories will qualify to receive a free flip cam courtesy of UPF. (www.theflip.com). For more information, send us an e-mail at volunteer@myfellowamerican.tv with the word “FREE FLIP CAM” in the subject heading.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Help spread the word, if you want to join our team of volunteers, e-mail volunteer@myfellowamerican.tv with your contact information or join our google group http://groups.google.com/group/myfellowamerican.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

  1. Visit www.myfellowamerican.tv and sign up for alerts.
  2. Encourage your friends and family to join our fan page: http://www.facebook.com/MyFellowAmericanProject

ABOUT UPF
This campaign is being spearheaded by Unity Productions Foundation (http://www.upf.tv/), a nonprofit foundation that works to create peace through the media.

CONTACT US
Khuram Zaman
Khuram.zaman1@gmail.com
443-223-0308

Daniel Tutt
Daniel@upf.tv
202-298-8088

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Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of Muslimmatters.org. She leads the DC office of the human rights organization, Justice For All, focusing on stopping the genocide of the Rohingya under Burma Task Force, advocacy for the Uighur people with the Save Uighur Campaign and Free Kashmir Action. She was a Staff Reporter at the Muslim Link newspaper which serves the DC Metro. Hena has worked as a television news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. Active in her SoCal community, Hena served as the Youth Director for the Unity Center. Using her experience with Youth, she conducts Growing Up With God workshops. hena.z@muslimmatters.org Follow her on Twitter @henazuberi.

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