Salaam means peace
Salaam is a non-religious, non-partisan nonprofit founded by award-winning author, Steve Slocum in 2019. His book — Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World — was foundational to Salaam’s early focus of bringing non-Muslims and Muslims together.
“On May 25, 2020, my writing and social media posting were interrupted by disturbing imagery that seemed to be going viral. It seemed that another black man had been murdered by the police in the city of Minneapolis. At one point a chilling video emerged. One of the bystanders had pulled out their cell phone and captured a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd…” Read more
Critical Awareness Program
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
Before we can connect meaningfully with our BIPOC neighbors, our eyes must be opened to the realities of their lived experiences in contrast to our own. Salaam’s awareness program gives the floor to inspiring Kumeyaay, Latinx, and Black educators who will open our eyes and help bring us together around a common version of the history of our local borderland.
Real Friends, Real Community
Finding connection only on the basis of our common humanity
Equipped with an accurate version of our shared history, meaningful connection becomes a possibility. Our groundbreaking program, Real Friends, Real Community, brings an intentionally diverse community circle together for connection around our authentic personal stories. For many white participants, this will be their first time hearing about life as a marginalized person in a systemically racist society. Most are profoundly impacted and become passionate about decolonizing and dismantling systemic racism.
"The message I'm hearing from Black women leaders is that they want allies from the privileged classes who are willing to divest of their privilege. There is a lot of hard work to get to a place where we understand what that means. I have found that basic awareness, stepping outside of my privileged social circles, and hearing authentic stories create the changes in me that produce a compassion that acts. " -Steve Slocum
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