In an announcement on the campaign's Facebook page, the Muslims Mobilized Against Police Brutality urged those concerned about the rising number of innocent lives lost to police violence "to stand in solidarity" during a march and rally in city center scheduled for Saturday noon.
"We are calling for Muslim community leaders and members to unite and take a stand for police accountability and racial justice… We must put faith into action and take a stand against oppression, whether by seeking to remove it with our hands, speaking against it, or by hating it in our hearts," rally coorginator Kameelah Rashad wrote.
She said these killings were not isolated events, but reflected "systemic racism in which social, economic, educational, and political forces or policies foster discriminatory outcomes for Black people".
American Muslims are compelled by their scripture to stand up for justice and the right of the oppressed, Rashad said, calling them "heirs" to the likes of Malcolm X, an African-American Muslim human rights activist.
Starting this past summer, the United States has been gripped by massive protests triggered by the shootings of several unarmed black men in Ferguson and New York by police officers, who were not charged by the grand jury.