We Are All American – Silent March for Peace with Faith Leaders
(TEMPE) Valley-based faith leaders will join community and immigrants activists for the ‘We Are All America – Silent March for Peace’ in support of Muslims, refugees, immigrants on Friday, Feb. 3, in Tempe.
“Our ability to embrace one another despite our differences is always something that should be celebrated,” said Saud Inam, operations director for Islamic Community Center of Tempe. “As a nation, as a people, we will not allow the forces of hate, bigotry and racism divide us. We stand united with beautifully diverse Americans from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.”
The Arizona event is one of nearly three dozen taking place nationwide in association with the Partnership for New Americans. Groups across the country will be rallying, marching, and holding mass gatherings to stand united with those ostracized by the Trump Administration’s various executive orders aimed at Muslims, refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable communities.
WHO: Local faith leaders and community activists
WHAT: We Are All America – Silent March for Peace (#WeAreAllAmerica)
WHEN: Feb. 3, 2017, 4 to 7 p.m. (Participants are asked to arrive by 4 p.m., a call to prayer begins at 4:30, silent march starts at 5 p.m., a final call to prayer at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to participate in the prayer sessions.)
WHEN: Islamic Community Center, 131 E 6th, Tempe, AZ 85281
“This is a historic struggle against leaders who seem determined to restrict our constitutionally protected rights, the rights all of us should enjoy, no matter our backgrounds,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. “Our silent march is in homage to the silent prayers of support we’re sending across the country and around the world to our most vulnerable populations.”
Deedra Abboud, a Muslim community activist, said, “The name of our event is ‘We Are All America’ because that’s the overarching message we want to come out of this and the many other events happening across the country. Different communities are doing their own thing today, rallying or marching or praying, but we are all preaching the same message of love and peace.”
Inam added, “What we want is our American Muslim community, and Muslims around the world, to stand with us to celebrate the diversity of our beautiful nation, and help build bonds of compassion, empathy, and love for all.
Local groups supporting the event:
- Islamic Community Center of Tempe
- Promise Arizona
- AZ Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Phoenix Allies for Community Health
- Love Glasses Revolution
- Black Lives Matter Arizona
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence