Faith-based and humanist groups call on government to reaffirm American values

SiVIC again joins with the Know Your Neighbor campaign and interfaith groups around the Bay Area and across the US to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and compassion in times when they seem to be threatened.

San Jose – The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters campaign, a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), finds that the executive order issued this week by President Donald Trump banning entry to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending and restricting the admission of refugees is essentially the same as the previous executive order on this subject. It therefore requires us once again to reaffirm basic values that we share with the great majority of Americans:

  • Respect for diversity, pluralism, and religious freedom: Although the executive orders do not explicitly mention Muslims or their faith, several provisions target Muslims. As such, they violate the principles embodied in the First Amendment and our country’s commitment to religious neutrality.
  • Care for the stranger and the needy: Except for the native peoples, since its founding the United States has been a nation of immigrants. Our country has a long tradition of welcoming and supporting immigrants and the needy; the rejection of refugees fleeing horrific violence flies in the face of the obligation to help and the hospitality that the American people have traditionally shown to those in need.
  • Civil liberties: While these orders do not explicitly target particular groups, they clearly impact primarily one religious identity (Muslim). Singling out Muslims reinforces and encourages existing prejudice and discrimination, including U.S. citizens and documented immigrants.
  • Unity and solidarity: Policies which single out specific religious or ethnic groups violate the sense of national unity and solidarity that allows the diverse people of our nation to live in peace and harmony.

Read the full statement here.

Being Different Together: Taking the Conversation Deeper

Please join us as we bring together a cross section of people who live, work or worship in Palo Alto to have a series of four active and thought provoking conversations on building and nurturing a community that models respect for differences. The first forum will focus on individual and community identity and our commonalities and differences.

Moderated by Dr. Joseph Brown, Associate Director, Diversity & First Gen Office at Stanford University and Rev. Kaloma Smith, pastor at University AME Zion Church.

RSVP’s required by Monday, January 30 – Space is limited. Please contact Mary Constantino at mary.constantino@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-463-4906.

Through each conversation and the entire series we hope to:

  • Grow personally in our ability to listen to and understand another’s point of view
  • Build a community which can talk through difficult issues
  • Create an opportunity to build relationships with others and develop a dialogue about respect for differences and diversity in Palo Alto
  • Work towards becoming a model city for respect and inclusion; a community of “upstanders” against acts of intolerance

 

 

Community Forum: Being Different Together

The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission invites you to a Community Forum on implicit bias:

Experiencing Palo Alto: Perception and Reality

Bias- does it exist in Palo Alto? Through storytelling, listening and dialogue, we will examine our own implicit biases, encourage understanding, and move the conversation forward towards building a stronger, more compassionate and inclusive community.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph Brown, the Associate Director of Diversity and the First-Gen Office at Stanford University.

SPECIAL REMARKS: City Council Members Marc Berman and Cory Wolbach

MODERATOR: Pastor Kaloma Smith, University A.M.E. Zion Church, Palo Alto.

A Panel of Thought Leaders will respond.

Hands Around the Mosque

Love is the only force capable of uniting a divided nation

We Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are honored and grateful to our fellow Americans from diverse communities and faiths for standing with us in this climate of hate and division. Let us send a profound and sacred message of our unity to the world as we reaffirm our commitment to stand by and support each other. Please join us for an interfaith/inter‐community gathering and move “From fear to friendship”

Dinner will be served after sunset prayer. (The event may be outside; dress warmly)

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-around-the-mosque-tickets-21279871669

To serve you better please RSVP saminasundas@gmail.com or asghazali2011@gmail.com

Download a flyer: Hands Around The Mosque

For more information please visit www.amuslimvoice.org or call Samina Sundas 650‐387‐1994