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Southwest Side International Human Relations Council to Host

Press Conference

 In Support of Chicago’s Muslim Community


The Southwest Side International Human Relations Council (IHRC); a diverse coalition of community-based organizations and residents, along with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Arab American Action Network (AAAN), the Chicago Police Department 8th District, and Alderpersons Toni Foulkes (16), Michael Zalewski (23), David Moore (17), the Latino Organization of the Southwest, the Chicago Islamic Center, and Andrew Holmes, Operation Restoring Innocence will join to host a press conference to show solidarity with Chicago’s Muslim community.

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

At the Chicago 8th District Police Station, 3420 W 63rd Street, Community Room.

The fallout from the tragic incidents in San Bernardino, California in which 22 people were killed by a gunman with ties to ISIS, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where a police officer was shot and killed in his car by an ISIS sympathizer has had nationwide implications for Muslim Americans. “Muslim women and girls wearing hijabs (head scarves) have been bullied, and Muslims are being heckled while walking and driving their vehicles,” stated Fatima Abu Eid, founder of the IHRC and Director of SANAD Social Services. Abu Eid added, “One of the goals of the press conference is to dispel the negative, and dangerous stereotypes irresponsibly being heaped upon the Muslim community. By standing together as a united and diverse group, we want to show support for our Muslim, African American and Hispanic neighbors.”

Alderwoman Toni Foulkes 16th Ward stated, “Fifty-one years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s wish was for each person to be accepted not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, and we still have not done that yet. 

Alderman Michael Zalewski 23rd Ward states. “Neighborhoods are stronger when we all work together and respect each other. I stand committed to achieving that with our Muslim neighbors and residents of all backgrounds.” 

The IHRC, in its quest to promote unity on the southwest side of Chicago, emphasizes that we all are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants and that we have much more in common than we have differences.


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About Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American columnist. Named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" for 2006/07 by the New America Media. He is the recipient of four Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Visit his website at www.TheDailyHookah.com. Find his podcasts on iTunes and on Vimeo.


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