University | 6:31 pm | March 22, 2012 | By Caroline Tan

Muslim students to launch calling campaign

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks with NYPD officers in the 2011 Veterans Day Parade.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks with NYPD officers in the 2011 Veterans Day Parade. Photo by Creative Commons.

Yale’s Muslim Student Association is launching a “calling campaign” to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tomorrow in response to recent reports that the New York Police Department kept watch of Muslim students at Yale.

The campaign urges supporters to call Mayor Bloomberg’s office tomorrow at any time from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Hundreds of calls regarding the same message are hard to ignore, and are infinitely more powerful than an email,” according to the group’s official release about the campaign.

The Yale MSA has written a script for its callers to use when contacting Mayor Bloomberg’s office. It’s reprinted below:

Hi, I’d like to leave a comment for Mayor Bloomberg. Would it be possible for you to forward my thoughts to his office?

[Wait for the operator to agree, then give the following statement:]

My name is , and I am a concerned student/citizen from __ (insert town or university here).

I am calling to express my sincere disappointment regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the recent NYPD surveillances of Muslim Student Associations without probable cause in a complete reversible of his commitment to religious freedom.

I call on him to issue a formal apology to affected communities, and to assure that religious profiling by the NYPD, on any level, ceases immediately.

Thank you for your time.

[Thank the operator and end the call.]

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