MEDIA ADVISORY: Post-Election, Interfaith Partners To Rally Against Islamophobia

CONTACTS:
Michael Deheeger, Jewish Voice for Peace
847-494-0356
michael@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Post-Election, Interfaith Partners To Rally Against Islamophobia

After speaking program, participants will ask stores to put up signs saying “We Support Our Muslim Neighbors” 

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 12:00 pm
Schedule:
12:00 pm – Speaking program
12:30 pm – Crowd splits up into teams, posts signs reading “We Support Our Muslim Neighbors” in local businesses”

WHERE: First United Methodist Church Parking Lot (Corner of 100th St and Central Ave), Oak Lawn

WHAT: The President-Elect has called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United states, a national registry of Muslim citizens, and surveillance of mosquesIt is more important than ever for interfaith communities to come together to say enough is enough. This Saturday, the undersigned Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders and other community members will take a stand against the anti-Muslim vitriol that has been provoked by this election cycle. Participants will rally for a speaking program before spreading throughout the community to ask business owners to post signs in their windows affirming: “We Support Our Muslim Neighbors.”

WHY: This election cycle has been particularly rife with both rhetoric blatantly hateful toward Muslims. The President-Elect has called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United states, a national registry of Muslim citizens, and surveillance of mosques.

As a result, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim are enduring vitriolic, frightening levels of hate and violence throughout the country–being spit on, verbally harassed and abused, physically assaulted, and even shot. This hate and violence do not exist in a vacuum. They take place in the context of ongoing and systemic Islamophobia that is pervasive and deep within our society.

Karen Danielson, Interfaith Outreach Chair for the Muslim American Society: “As interfaith partners, we will call on our community to publicly reject the anti-Muslim hate and discrimination which has been dredged up throughout this election cycle. Muslim children are experiencing vicious verbal and physical bullying, Imams (religious leaders) have been shot dead, Muslim women set afire, and others accosted in broad daylight –it has to stop.”

Speakers (in formation): 
Lesley Williams, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
Karen Danielson, Interfaith/Outreach for the Mosque Foundation and MAS Chicago
Lana Aldos, High School Senior and Syrian Refugee
Michael Kooy, Oak Lawn Clergy and Religious Workers Association
Rabbi/Cantor Michael Davis, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Rabbi of Makom Shalom congregation
Susan Cochran, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

Signatories (in formation):

Michael Kooy, Oak Lawn Clergy and Religious Workers Association

Karen Danielson, Interfaith/Outreach for the Mosque Foundation and MAS Chicago

Rev. Jonathan Crail, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Oak Lawn

Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation of America, Bridgeview

Rev. Peggy McClanahan, Pastor of Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ*, Oak Lawn

Hanan Abdallah, Principal- Universal School, Bridgeview

Rev. Phillip S. Leo, Pastor of Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Oak Lawn

Rafeeq Jaber, Oak Lawn

Rev. Steven Hoerger, Pastor Salem UCC, Oak Lawn

Rabbi/Cantor Michael Davis, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Rabbi of Makom Shalom congregation

American Muslims for Palestine – Chicago

Tammie Ismail, Principal- Aqsa School, Bridgeview

St. Fabian Parish/Mosque Foundation Dialogue Group

Rev. Kat Banakis, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Linda Wygant, Grace Seeds Ministry

Susan Cochran, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago and Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago

Rev. Nancy Goede, former pastor, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn

*: Affiliation for identification purposes only, does not signify organizational endorsement

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