Taking on Anti-Muslim Corporations
Crescendo is a project of the ACRE that is focused on researching and campaigning against anti-Muslim corporations. Anti-Muslim corporations are those that provide financial support to organizations, politicians, other corporations, or individuals that are engaged in attacks on Muslims, and those whose business practices are anti-Muslim (e.g., companies that discriminate against Muslim workers, profit from war in Muslim countries, profit from the incarceration and/or deportation of Muslims, and provide platforms for or promote anti-Muslim hate groups).
The word “crescendo” means to gradually get louder or more intense over time. We aim to build the political power and political voice of the American Muslim community over time, until it reaches a crescendo (i.e., climax, another meaning of the word). “Crescendo” is also derived from the same root as the word “crescent”.
How Wall Street Supports Racist Politicians and Enables White Supremacy
The Christchurch Mosque Shootings in New Zealand show us that when American politicians stoke the flames of white nationalism, it has global impacts. Yet, the trade associations that represent big banks like Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of white supremacist Congressional candidates like Steve King (R-IA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), and Lou Barletta (R-PA). These banks have blood on their hands.
JB Pritzker is running for governor in Illinois. So why is the hotel chain owned by his family opening its doors to America's largest anti-Muslim hate group? Pritzker's family founded Hyatt Hotels and two of his cousins are still on the Hyatt board. Yet on September 4-5, 2018, the Hyatt Regency Crystal City will host ACT for America's National Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, has pushed anti-Muslim legislation at the state and federal levels. Last year, the group organized "March Against Sharia" rallies in several cities, which attracted Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The group's founder, Brigitte Gabriel, has called Muslims "a natural threat to civilized people of the world, particularly Western society." So why are the Pritzkers doing business with them?