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Interfaith prayer service held in Springfield to show solidarity with city’s immigrant community


A large crowd gathered Thursday night at the South Congregational Church in Springfield to partake in an interfaith prayer service, offering support and expressing solidarity with the city’s immigrant community.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement on June 16 that the church, along with five other congregations, will pursue the establishment of sanctuary spaces in their buildings for undocumented immigrants and families in danger of deportation….MORE: MASSLIVE.COM

In his own words: Imam Hassan Guillet’s address at Quebec City funeral for 3 mosque victims

Let us face it. Alexandre Bissonnette didn’t start from a vacuum. For political reasons, and what is happening the Middle East and unfortunately, for ignorance, a lot of things happened.

This guy was empoisoned. But we want Alexandre to be the last one to have a criminal act like that. We want to stop it. One of the definitions of madness is to do exactly the same thing and expect a different result.

If we do exactly the same thing, my friends, we will have exactly the same result. Are we happy with the result? Are we happy with six dead, five wounded, 17 orphans, six widows and a destroyed family which is the family of Alexandre Bissonnette and maybe his friends too?

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD RESOLUTION #3705 : Solidarity with Muslims

r-3705-solidarty-with-muslim-community-springfiled-maPage 1: WHEREAS, the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of our nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles,

and WHEREAS, the history of Islam in the United States began even before its founding when African Muslims were enslaved and brought to the Americas, where they later helped in numerous ways to build this country, including sacrificing their lives on the line in every major war from the Revolutionary War on, and…more:Solidarity with Muslims CITY OF SPRINGFIELD In The City Council 

Niagara Falls mosque to give city Muslims a formal place of worship

“Freedom of worship is one of the basic foundations of the United States of America and we try to welcome people of different religious views here in Niagara Falls.”  The mosque will be built on the corner of Pierce Avenue and 18th Street. The 200-member community has been worshipping in a storefront building across the street for more than a decade. Dyster compared the growing Muslim population to its Catholic population when it first arrived…more: news.wbfo.org

When in Rome, do as the Romans do: National Police in Las Vegas forge close ties to the city’s Muslim community

Now, Larkin and a cadre of officers are regular guests at a half-dozen mosques across this gambling mecca as part of a concerted outreach effort to the Muslim community. They grasp the tensions between Shiite and Sunni factions and have learned to observe key Islamic customs — officers remove their shoes, and female officers don hijabs during Friday prayer sessions. In an effort to build trust, they have emerged as empathetic problem solvers, helping religious leaders cut through city red tape, responding to reports of vandalism and cleaning up trash and abandoned…more: washingtonpost.

Muslim Scientist (Ali Hasan Nayfeh) Receives Franklin Institute Medal

“Each year, some of the most influential pioneers of our time come to the city of Philadelphia to receive this great honor,” said Frederic Bertley, senior vice president of science at The Franklin Institute. “They serve as incredible role models for our youth, helping to ignite that spark of curiosity which has led to so many critical discoveries.”
The Franklin Institute was founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country….more:  eng.vt.edu 

Albany County and City expected to pass Islamophobia measures

“We felt it was very important to stand together to send this message,” said Council Member Leah Golby, who co-introduced the resolution.

Thirteen of Albany’s fifteen Common Council members are listed as co-sponsors.  And while these specific edicts don’t have the ability to strengthen laws or empower law enforcement differently, they do both decalre that fear is divisive.more…http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s4005443.shtml