Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim are enduring vitriolic, frightening levels of hate and violence throughout the country – verbally harassed and abused, physically assaulted, and even shot. This hate and violence does not exist in a vacuum. It takes place in the context of ongoing and systemic Islamophobia and racism that are pervasive and deep within our society.
On March 20, 2016, the undersigned organizations and the Chicagoland community will publicly say: We stand against the many ways in which anti-Muslim and xenophobic hatred manifests itself, including hate speech and hate crimes; institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned violence; racial and religious profiling in all its forms; and prejudice that targets refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds.
We will be going door-to-door and store-to-store, inviting merchants, houses of worship, and residents to post signs in their yards or windows affirming: “Stop Profiling Muslims” and “Refugees Welcome”. We encourage the community to attend this rally with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.
When: Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p,m,
Where: Fountain Square, Evanston
What: TOGETHER WE STAND Rally and Canvassing
The event is organized by the following groups: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (AJP), CAIR-Chicago, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Muslim Community Center, Open Communities, Second Baptist Church, Tzedek Chicago and YWCA Evanston/Northshore