The Orlando Massacre and a Note to American-Muslims

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Critical Connections stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and extends heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

A note to American-Muslims:

Fellow American-Muslims, please don’t let the Orlando shooter’s religious identity consume and paralyze you. He never claimed to, nor does he, represent you so please do not act like he does. This attack is not about you–it is about the people who were attacked. It is about the LGBTQ community that was deliberately targeted. Please reach out to local LGBTQ groups and stand in solidarity with them as they organize vigils in your area. It is time to speak out against homophobia as we have against Islamophobia. People who stand as allies with the Muslim community do not necessarily do so because they believe in Islam or Islamic values—they do so because they believe in the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It is time for us to engage in the same activism in support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

We are currently on summer break and will resume programming in the Fall. Stay tuned!  

 

EVENTS

DIVIDED BY GOD: UNDERSTANDING AMERICA'S RELIGIOUS-SECULAR DIVIDE

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TUE. MAY 23, 7-9 PM

763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Speakers: Prof. Sudha Setty and Dr. Peter Gottschalk

UNDERSTANDING THE RESURGENCE OF WHITE POWER

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Speaker: Mr. Christian Picciolini

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These events are part of our Transforming this Moment series and are organized in partnership with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. For more details, please click here. Our events are made possible by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thoughts, conversations, and action
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MUSLIM YOUTH WORKSHOPS

 Islamic Networks Group

May 13, 2017

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INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES COALITION

A network of educators, religious clergy, law-enforcement personnel, social workers, and Muslim community leaders committed to building inclusive communities. More here

CC TV SHOWS

Prof. Sudha Setty on the future of American-Muslims under the Trump administration

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Mr. Daryl Johnson on homegrown extremism

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