International Cultural Center

Community Leaders Come Together to Condemn Violence and Bigotry


Jun 2016


On Monday June 13, 2016 over 200 community leaders, activists, representatives from faith-
based organizations and members of the law enforcement community attended a solidarity event
to speak out against hate and violence organized by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmaid (WORDE President),
Hamza Khan (Muslim Democratic Club Chairperson) and Patrick Paschall (Executive Director of
Free State Legal).

Over three dozen local organizations co-sponsored the event, which featured several local public
officials including Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal, Montgomery County
Councilmember Roger Berliner, Jim Stowe, Director, Montgomery County Office of Human
Rights, Uma Ahluwalia, Director of Dept. of Health and Homeland Security (DHHS), Luis
Cardona, Administrator, Positive Youth Development Initiative, DHHS, a dozen state delegates,
and representatives from Senator Benjamin Cardin’s office, Representatives Chris Van Hollen’s
office, and Representative John Delaney’s office.
In addition, interfaith prayers were led by Imam Faizul Khan (Imam and Board Member of the
Islamic Society of the Washington Area), Rabbi Charles Arian (Kehilat Shalom), and Reverend
Terri Murphy, (Deacon & Director of Religious Education Episcopal Church of the Ascension –
Silver Spring).

  • Event Co-sponsors:
  • American Muslim Peace Initiative
  • American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council
  • Ansar ud Deen Society Metro Area
  • Ascension Gaithersburg
  • Bait-ur- Rehman Mosque
  • Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Foundation
  • CASA
  • Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
  • Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring
  • Episcopal Diocese of Washington
  • Equality Maryland
  • FreeState Legal
  • Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative
  • Greater Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance
  • Haneefiya America
  • Howard County Muslim Council
  • Inayat Begum Foundation
  • Indonesian American Association (IAA)
  • Indonesian Muslim Association in America (IMAAM)
  • Islamic Center of Northern Virginia
  • Islamic Center of Virginia
  • Islamic Education Center (IEC)
  • Islamic Society of Germantown
  • Montgomery County Young Democrats
  • Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC)
  • Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County
  • Muslim Women's Coalition (MWC)
  • Muslims for Progressive Values
  • National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
  • Nigerians in Diaspora Organization-America (NIDO-A)
  • Parent, Family & Friends of Lesbians & Gays in Washington Metropolitan Area (PFLAG)-DC Chapter
  • St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Damascus
  • Take Charge Program
  • Universal Muslims Association in America (UMAA)
  • West African Muslim Association
  • Young Leaders Institute

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