October 9, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Anti-Muslim demonstrations are scheduled to occur outside mosques in several cities across the country starting today. In August, a Facebook page was created calling for a “Global Rally for Humanity” against Islam all over the world on October 9th and 10th.
At least 20 cities are scheduled to be targeted including Syracuse, NY; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA.
See a map for the full list of scheduled protests.
“These rallies are intended to intimidate innocent Muslim Americans and are symptomatic of a much deeper problem: pervasive prejudice against Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian Americans,” said Arjun Singh, the Sikh Coalition’s Director of Law & Policy. “While we support free speech, we condemn these hateful actions, which aim to threaten the safety of religious minorities and divide us as a nation.”
These rallies come at a time of increased hate crimes and bias related incidents targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.
We ask the Sikh American community to exercise caution and vigilance during this time. We know our community and other religious minorities are vulnerable to backlash, hate crimes, and discrimination following rallies like those scheduled for today and this weekend. Please notify law enforcement of any threats or violence and reach out to the Sikh Coalition at 212-655-3095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The Sikh Coalition is in regular contact with federal authorities to bring attention to our community's needs.