STOP THE MADRASSA is a grass roots organization, a coalition of citizens’ groups and individuals who found each other through correspondence and activism. When the Khalil Gibran Academy was first announced there was an intense out-cry from the public that resulted in the removal of the KGIA from the first NY Public School that was intended to house it.
At this time the media coverage seemed to decrease even though it was apparent the school had not gone away it was simply moving to a different location. Those of us who have stayed in the fight such as The United American Committee and members of NY-ICE and the Gathering of Eagles continued to protest the school wherever possible. For some that meant attending PTA meetings and maintaining constant letter writing to the media and the authorities behind this school. We were also supported in this fight by many well-known blogs such as KesherTalk , Jillosophy and Atlas Shrugs amongst many others.
Under the umbrella of the New York Chapter of The United American Committe, we held weekly meetings starting in March of 2007. As our coalition continued to grow, our blog, Stop The Madrassa, was born. That summer, while at a CAIR Protest, we met and joined forces with a fellow activist who had taken this fight to the media, the NY Sun in particular, she then connected us to another activist who had taken on an unresponsive City Hall and had actually received a response from the Department of Education that had been inundated with letters-of-protest from a concerned public.
In August of 2007, the publication in the NY Post of the NYC Intifada T-shirt photo, led us into our first Press Conference in September, 2007, on the steps of NY City. As the school year began, Stop The Madrassa became the center of our fight, a workplace for us to co-ordinate and disseminate the research we were gathering regarding KGIA.
Stop The Madrassa welcomes your input. Please join us in this fight with any suggestions you may have as well as researched articles and links as we continue this investigation into the Khalil Gibran Academy.