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November 7, 2017

[PRESS RELEASE] MICHIGAN ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER TO STAND IN UNITY AGAINST HATE, XENOPHOBIA & ISLAMOPHOBIA

MEDIA ADVISORY:

ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER TO STAND IN UNITY AGAINST HATE, XENOPHOBIA & ISLAMOPHOBIA

This Wednesday, community members, interfaith leaders, local and state elected officials, and allies will come together in Warren, Michigan to stand in unity against hate, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. Emgage, a non-profit that focuses on voter education, will partner with a number of other community organizations, including: IONA, CAIR Michigan, ACLU Michigan, Women’s March Michigan, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Michigan United, APIAVote Michigan, Take On Hate, and the Metro Detroit Political Action Network, to organize this event, which will take place at 7:30 pm ET on November 8, 2017, at IONA Mosque in Warren, Michigan.

As former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear in Macomb County on Wednesday, organizers of this event wish to highlight the real nature of Michigan: a state where immigrants have long been part of the economic engine and social fabric, a home of the civil rights movement, and a community in which most Michiganders reject hate, stand up for their neighbors, and protect the state’s natural resources regardless of political party.

Hassan Sheikh, Executive Director of Emgage, states, “There are those who seek to divide Americans and use hate and the politics of division to do so. In the face of this, it is imperative that we as a people unite, and stand up to all those who perpetuate hate and division. Only in true unity will we be able to build a better future for our country.”

As various groups have planned protests earlier in the day, this event will provide a space for the community, elected officials, and allies to engage in dialogue to combat hate and work toward solutions.

Robert Fidler, Media Director of Metro-Detroit Political Action Network: “We must stand together in solidarity for the promotion of universal human rights, all people have a place in this country.”

Nour Soubani, Director of Take On Hate, states, “When people like Steve Bannon, who have consistently promoted hate and division, come to speak, it’s important for us to come together not just to protest, but also to show a better way forward that is based on unity and standing up for those who have been the most marginalized and oppressed.”

This event will be open to the media and public until capacity is reached. For inquiries, please contact Hassan Sheikh at hsheikh@emgageusa.org or (248)719-9774.

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHAT: Stand in Unity Against Hate, Xenophobia, and Islamophobia
WHEN: November 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: IONA Mosque Hall – 28716 Ryan Road, Warren MI 48092
MORE INFO: Facebook Event

MEDIA INQUIRES:

Contact Hassan Sheikh at (248) 719-9774