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.

EVENTS

FROM POLITICAL POLARIZATION TO CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE:              LESSONS FROM THE LAB

Dr. Peter Coleman

THURS, OCT. 19, 7-9 PM

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Bangs Community Center       70 Boltwood Walk        Amherst, MA

FROM RADICALIZATION TO REFORM: A CONVERSATION WITH A FORMER MUSLIM MILITANT

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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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BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES SYMPOSIUM

Friday, December 8, 2017        9-4pm                               Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA

A daylong event with  educators, religious clergy, law-enforcement personnel, social workers, and Muslim community leaders committed to building inclusive communities.

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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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