Asaf Bar-Tura, JCUA’s Director of Programs will speak at an interactive online gathering where faith leaders discuss strategies to combat anti-Muslim sentiments and actions on Wednesday, Sep. 5, 3:00 CST. To RSVP, please email Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, who will send call-in information.
In the beginning of August, America watched as shootings, fires and vandalisms targeted American Muslims and American Sikhs. At least six communities in one week saw acts of hate perpetrated on their places of worship.
Here in the Chicagoland Area we saw:
- August 8, 2012: U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois’ 8th Congressional District warned in a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village that Islamic radicalism here in the U.S. is the threat Americans should be concerned about, naming Elk Grove Village and other Chicago suburbs as places where he believes that potential threat exists (Read the response of JCUA’s board chair).
- August 10, 2012: A violent assault on the Muslim Education Center (MEC) mosque in Morton Grove, IL.
- August 12, 2012: A homemade bomb was thrown at an Islamic day school during Ramadan evening prayers (See details here, including JCUA’s response).
- August 15, 2012: A Muslim grave was desecrated in a cemetery in Evergreen Park.
In each instance, JCUA and other multi-faith partners in those communities rallied to support their neighbors with a loud cry of solidarity. They showed strength and support to counter discrimination. Together we now ask: what can we as people of faith do in the face of growing anti-Muslim sentiment? How do we build relationships of trust that highlight the values we share?
On Wednesday, September 5 at 3:00pm CST, the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign will host an interactive webinar dedicated to mobilizing faith leaders to address anti-Muslim sentiment.
Acts of solidarity happen on a daily basis when people of all faiths reach across their differences to learn about our varied traditions and to address issues of common concern. Such partnerships have transformative power. By learning from clergy and lay leaders who are engaged daily in this work, we can coordinate efforts across distance to end anti-Muslim discrimination. Join us to learn from leaders!
- Asaf Bar-Tura, Director of Programs, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago, IL
- Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Founder and President of “The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out” and co-convener of the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group of Southern California
- Remziya Suleiman, Director of Policy & Administration for the American Center for Outreach based in Nashville, TN.
To RSVP: Please email Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, who will send call-in information.