Statement on Children of Abraham Peace Walk in Solidarity with Muslim Americans, Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of September 11th
Council Members Stephen T. Levin, Brad S. Lander, and Carlos Menchaca issued the following statement on the Children of Abraham Peace Walk in Solidarity with Muslim Americans, Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of September 11th:
On the 15th anniversary of September 11th, we stand alongside people of all faiths as well as secular communities to commemorate those who were lost on September 11th and demonstrate the power of solidarity in creating positive social change. In the face of toxic xenophobia, racist rhetoric, a rise in hate crimes and anti-Muslim violence—like the tragic killing of Mosque leader Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin—the annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk is a reminder of our commonalities and our strength as we work together toward peace, liberty, due process, and equality under the law.
The annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk falls this year on the eve of Eid al-Adha, a time for remembrance, thanks, and reflection on our blessings. On this holiest day in the Islamic Calendar, we recognize and thank the American Muslims that serve their communities. Muslim Americans are 9/11 first responders and survivors. They are the teachers, students, organizers, and soldiers that strengthen our communities every day.
In the shadow of great tragedies motivated by blind hate and intolerance, people of all faiths—Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike—must stand united by our common heritage. Together, we will build bridges toward peace and inclusion.