A hearty thank-you to 200+ citizens of all faiths who turned out yesterday in Castro Valley to affirm our solidarity as we rejected bigotry against our Muslim neighbors. It was a heartening spectacle to watch our churches, synagogues, and mosques well represented along with a multitude of allies in the atheist, LGBT, and other communities. This was the first event of the newly formed Eden Area Interfaith Council. We all look forward to many more fruitful community-building events to come.
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We appreciate these area faith groups and congregations for sending representatives to the peace rally:
South Hayward Parish - Hayward
Eden United Church of Christ – Hayward
United Church of Hayward – Hayward
Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church – Hayward
Congregation Shir Ami – Castro Valley
New Bridges Presbyterian Church – Hayward
All Saints Church - Hayward
Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Castro Valley
First Presbyterian Church
Temple Beth Sholom – San Leandro
American Muslim Association - Hayward
Mosque of Muhajireen – Hayward
Masjid Abu Bakr - Hayward
Alameda Muslim League – Hayward
Christ Community Church – Hayward
Our Lady of Grace Church – Castro Valley
San Lorenzo Community United Church of Christ
Also, a big thank-you to these representatives for their participation:
Dot Theodore – Castro Valley School Board Member
Aisha Knowles – Alameda County Board of Education
Supervisor Nate Miley - District 4 - Board of Supervisors - Alameda County
Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council member
Michael Joseph Kusiak - Castro Valley Matters
Rami Elkinawy - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR SFBA)
Our gratitude also to Billy Ray Bradford with Castro Valley Pride for the audio equipment setup and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and BART Police for providing security.
And, finally, thank you to these individuals and to the many others who shared photos from the event using the #United4HumanityEden hashtag: Aisha Knowles, Castro Valley Matters, Dan Finlay, Munir Safi, Kamran Niazi, Jehan Hakim, Karen Muska, Randy Smith, Todd Finlay.
The Eden Area Interfaith Council represents diverse religious organizations in the East Bay that promotes respect for all faiths and human rights for all. We are a collective of religious groups in the East Bay's Eden Area, including Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo. We represent local Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other faith groups.
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