In a show of solidarity, a group of local community members and families (including myself and Asad Baig with Advancement Project California) have organized a community-building event to support our Muslim brothers and sisters in this moment of increased xenophobia, hate speech and hate crime.
Recently, several local Islamic Centers in Southern California and across the country have received threatening, hateful anonymous letters. We have seen a spike of racial violence and harassment targeting Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and other vulnerable communities since the election of Donald Trump.
We cannot let these incidents happen in our community without speaking out. We must show whoever supports these hateful ideas that this is not acceptable in our community. Their hate has no place in our city. We must show them if they act on their hate and fear, there are people who will show up even stronger with love and protection.
We will be gathering at the Islamic Center to show our Muslim brothers and sisters that they are not alone; that we reject hate and Islamaphobia; that we stand united with them.
“Show Up for Love Over Hate”
Friday, December 9, 12-2 p.m.
Islamic Center of Southern California
434 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Starting at 12 p.m. we will gather outside the center to show unity and support. For those who are interested, the center has also invited us to sit and observe their sermon and prayer at 1 p.m. You are invited to participate in either or both.
Please bring signs or letters that express your unity and support.
Now is the time for those who believe in love, justice, and the dignity of all people to unite against fear, hate, racism, and misogyny. We hope you will join us.
Asad Baig, Maria Brenes, Jung Hee Choi, Joseph Devall, Xiomara Corpeno, Zachary Hoover, John Kim, Jeremy Lahoud, Eugene Lee, Mari Ryono, Luis Sanchez, Liz Sunwoo
This event is being organized by the community and not directly by the center. If you have any questions, contact our Director of Communications at: 213.989.1300 or email@example.com
Tags: #LoveOverHate, support our Muslim brothers and sisters, We reject Islamaphobia, xenophobia