Arab Nonprofit Network Refuses Lowe’s Donations, Plan To Protest

DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – A network of 22 Arab-American nonprofits says its members will no longer accept donations from Lowe’s after the home improvement chain stopped advertising during a reality TV show about U.S. Muslims.

Lowe’s stores donate money to several nonprofit organizations in support of community volunteer efforts.

But, the National Network for Arab American Communities and its Dearborn-based parent ACCESS recently announced the retailer’s decision to cut ads from TLC’s “All-American Muslim” contradicts their values and they will no longer be accepting their donations.

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, California state Sen. Ted Lieu and others have criticized Lowe’s decision. Executives with the Mooresville, N.C.-based company say the show became a “lightning rod for people to voice complaints.”

Lowe’s move came after the conservative Christian group the Florida Family Association’s email campaign asking companies to pull their ads.

Dawud Walid, spokesman for CAIR-MI (Council on American Islamic Relations), told WWJ his organization is “utterly shocked by Lowe’s decision.”

“They don’t have a backbone as an organization and really how they depend more on the business of bigots than they do on civil and right-minded people and they’ll have to suffer the consequences for that,” said Walid.

Meantime, a coalition of Christian, Muslim and civil rights groups is planning a demonstration Saturday outside a Lowe’s store in Allen Park to protest the home improvement chain’s decision.

The interfaith group said the protest is “in response to Lowe’s succumbing to pressure from anti-Muslim bigots by pulling their ads.”

Groups announcing support for the demonstration include the African American Ministers Leadership Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the People for the American Way Foundation.

State Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat and the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, also is backing the protest.

“All-American Muslim” chronicles five families in and near the Detroit suburb with large Muslim and Arab populations.

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  • dieshard

    Dwuuuddd you are a effing idiot!!!! Lowe’s is doing the CORRECT THING!!!!!! You and your muzzslumm heathens DON’T belong in MY DEARBORN111 If you and your fellow muzzslumms want to live in AMERICA you better start learning ENGLISH and acting like Americans not the dirty, nasty, filthy, pedophiles and women haters that you are!!! Start learning how to assimilate not trying to kill real Americans????? STOP forcing your evil religion on people who don’t want to be “converted”!!!! Grow up muzzies>>> we don’t want you kind in Michigan!!!!!

    • Mike

      Modern America has become too tolerant and I for one am sick of it! I am not delusional or crazy, I just know who the enemy is! Why don’t Americans understand that there are evil people out their that want them to believe that they want a hug and to be their friend? The fact is – THEY WOULD LOVE TO CUT YOUR HEAD OFF IN THE NAME OF ALLA!

  • Albert Redding

    No one is forcing you to take donations from Lowes. Just remember that you were the ones who refused those donations when others decide not to offer them to you either. It sure seems like the “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY” attitude is the main reason there is so much hatred against your religion!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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