A Pledge to Stand Together in Richmond

A Pledge to Stand Together in Richmond

 

On December 17, 2015, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities joined with nearly 100 religious and organizational leaders at the Islamic Center of Virginia to stand together against Islamophobia and xenophobia.  At the conclusion of the press conference, this pledge was read:


Upholding the ideals of the “Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom” enacted into law by the Virginia General Assembly in 1786…

We stand together.

In response to recent divisive and hurtful rhetoric that targets members of our community…

We stand together.

With our Muslim friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have recently faced an increase in bigoted words and actions…

We stand together.

With the immigrants and refugees who today call this country home…

We stand together.

Celebrating the diversity of religions and belief systems as a source of strength…

We stand together.

Recognizing that we are all at risk when one group is unjustly targeted…

We stand together.

In the face of efforts to promote fear of people considered to be “the other”…

We stand together.

Sharing a commitment to understanding, peace, and justice…

We stand together.

Acknowledging that these words must be backed up by inclusive actions…

We stand together.

Today and in the future, we pledge that in the Richmond region and beyond…

We stand together.

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