Boston, MA –Prominent members of the Boston interfaith community, political leaders, and 9/11 victims’ family members, will meet on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to highlight the increased number of violent physical and verbal attacks against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. They will also call on the Boston community to respond to this national crisis with compassion towards their neighbors and a greater understanding of all faiths, backgrounds, ethnicities, and communities.
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization made up entirely of 9/11 victims’ family members, will also use this occasion to launch a new bus ad campaign in Boston calling on neighbors to combat Islamophobia, hate language, and hate crimes in their communities. Today, several from the American Muslim community believe that this is the hardest time to be Muslim in America since 9/11, with a serious wave of hate crimes and Islamophobic political speech that has included the shooting of three young Muslim American students in North Carolina, the “swatting” of a mosque in New Jersey, and the burning of a mosque in Houston.
WHO: Speakers will include:
- Reverend Burns Stanfield, President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
- Robyn Bernstein, daughter of Roberta Bernstein Heber, killed in World Trade Center on September 11.
- Yusufi Vali, Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston
- Judy Rosenberg
WHAT: An hour-long press event featuring speakers from the Boston community and a showing of the new bus ads designed to combat anti-Muslim hatred. September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrow’s ad campaign will run on MBTA bus shelters in the Boston, Quincy, Chelsea and Everett area, beginning Monday, July 13, and running through July 27.
WHEN: Monday, July 13th at 4:00pm EST
WHERE: Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233
Contact organizer Robyn Bernstein for additional details or directions.