I just got an email from the folks at TIRCC about a vigil in support of the Islamic Center of Columbia, which, as you may know, was desecrated with racist graffiti and then burnt to the ground. It’s hard to know what to say in the face of that kind of nonsense, but you show up and you face it down. That’s about all you can do, sometimes.
Here’s the email I received:
TIRRC strongly encourages immigrants, refugees, and allies to support the Islamic Center of Columbia
and attend their vigil on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm.
Come and stand up for the rights of all Columbia residents to live, work, raise their families, and worship without fear. Together, neighbors from all over Tennessee will unite at the desecrated mosque to promote a welcoming community that accepts all religions, races, and cultures. Speakers and attendees will include:
City Mayor, William E. Gentner
Chief of Police, Barry Crotzer
Chief of Fire Department, Don Martin
President of the Islamic Center of Columbia, Daud Abudiab
President of Columbia’s NAACP, Rev. Trent Ogilvie
Pastor Williamson of the 1st Presbyterian Church
a statement from the Nashville Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
other faiths and community leaders
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When: Tomorrow (Saturday), February 16, 1:00pm
Where: Site of the burned Mosque,
1317 S Main St,
Columbia TN 38401
Why: Last Saturday, the Islamic Center of Columbia was desecrated with swastikas and other political symbols and was then burned to the ground. One week later, leaders from all backgrounds will stand in solidarity to denounce hatred. Car-pooling available: If interested please contact TIRRC by 5:00pm today.
A fundraising account has been established at the following bank:
Islamic Center of Columbia Rebuilding Fund
Community First Bank and Trust
501 S James Campbell Blvd.
Columbia, TN 38401
To learn more last week’s hate crime, see http://wpln.org/newstranscripts/?p=1956