29/29 RAMADAN INITIATIVE

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Beginning on May 16, each of the 29 veterans will spend one night at the home of a Muslim family and gain an intimate glimpse of the experience of Ramadan. They will arrive in the late afternoon, enjoy time with the family, and then take part in the evening events—breaking the day’s fast with the host, going to the family’s mosque, or visiting an American Muslim community space. They will spend the night in the family’s home and wake early the next morning to observe the beginning of the fast the following day.  
 
The veterans will document their individual experiences through a blog series featuring photos and video. These impressions will be published throughout the 29 days until Eid-Ul-Fitr—the celebration marking the end of Ramadan—when each of the veterans will join with their hosts once again, this time at their local mosques. There veterans will see first-hand how American Muslims celebrate one of Islam’s holiest holidays.  
 
At a moment when the United States is decidedly not united, MuslimMarine.org and Vets for American Ideals believe the project will bridge the gap between faiths and political ideologies.

MuslimMarine.org —Created by Mansoor Shams after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, MuslimMarine documents Shams efforts across the country to bring together Americans of different backgrounds through conversation and dialogue. He is also a member of Vets for American Ideals and has been featured in the New York Times and The Washington Post, and on PBS, NPR and CNN among many others.

Vets for American Ideals— A project of Human Rights First, Vets for American Ideals is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals. Its members seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place: freedom, diversity, equality and justice. The group’s current campaigns are focused on protecting refugees, saving the Special Immigrant Visa program for interpreters and translators who served with the U.S. military, and countering anti-Muslim bigotry.

For more information or to speak with participating veterans and Muslim families, contact Mansoor Shams (mansoor@muslimmarine.org) or Christopher Plummer (PlummerC@humanrightsfirst.org)