Interfaith Solidarity in Action: Teen Trip to Springfield

By Leah Roth-Howe
Coordinator of Teen Programs, JCUA

On March 9, 2011 Jewish, Christian and Muslim high school students from the Chicagoland area traveled to Springfield, Ill. to participate in a powerful demonstration of interfaith solidarity and advocacy.

Joining hundreds of other committed people participating in Illinois Muslim Action Day, the interfaith teen delegation highlighted the power of interfaith collaboration and civic engagement.

Teens met monthly at each faith’s house of worship—a mosque, a synagogue, and a church–to prepare a platform for IMAD and learn how to advocate for social change through policy and lobbying efforts.

While in Springfield teens met with Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Streamwood) and presented their platform on equitable education for all Illinois students.

Although the teens joined hundreds of other committed people working in solidarity with the greater Muslim community, the group provided a powerful example of interfaith solidarity in action and underscored the need for education reform throughout Illinois.

[Read more about this powerful interfaith teen delegation]

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