Interfaith March for Religious Freedom and Solidarity with Our Muslim Neighbours
This is an event hosted by the Institute for Religious Tolerance, entitled "In the Path of the Prophet Abraham." Like most Assemblers, I don't identify with the Abrahamic faiths, but I think it's important to show support for our Muslim neighbors during a time of increasing xenophobia, nativism, and outright bigotry. Let's show up to send a message that atheists, humanists and the otherwise non-religious deplore any violence in the name of religion and support the freedom to worship -- or not! Be sure to wear your SALA-branded attire or other free-thinker gear.
Here's the description from the event page:
To all people of the three Abrahamic Faiths, as well as our supporters from every faith:
As a symbol of our solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and colleagues, please join us at this free event -- a march to commemorate the travels of our Father Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch credited for the first covenant with God, and the common ancestor of all people of the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We invite you to march with us (or otherwise perambulate in some way) between several select houses of worship in central Los Angeles, representing our three great Abrahamic traditions.
What is this all about?
The twofold theme of this walk will be (1) that we reject all violence in the name of religion; and (2) that we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters in support of their right to worship freely here in the United States and to live peaceful lives among their neighbors. The image of people of different faiths linking arms to protect each other’s houses of worship and freedom of religion is a powerful one. On this day, we celebrate and promote that solidarity.
Where will it take place?
The march begins at 1pm at Wilshire Blvd. Temple (3663 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010), incorporates brief stops at St. Basil Roman Catholic Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and arrives at the Islamic Center of Southern California (434 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020).
How long is it?
It is exactly 1.1 miles, from start to finish.
*Parking will be in the St. Basil Catholic Church lot (3611 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005), on the NE corner of Wilshire and Harvard, enter from Harvard. There is also street parking. Meet outside the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. There will be shuttles at the Islamic Center to bring you back.*
**For those who are unable to participate in the march, but are still interested in attending the closing ceremonies and rally to hear the speakers we have lined up, please plan on meeting us at the Islamic Center of Southern California by 3:00 PM, where we will be holding the rally in the rear parking lot, which will be off limits to vehicular traffic at the time. You may park your vehicle in the auxiliary parking lot at 425 Shatto Place, which is the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services building, whose parking lot adjoins the parking lot of the Islamic Center of Southern California and is accessed by way of a narrow staircase.**
Who is behind this?
Organized by the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit—our partners include many religious and interfaith groups, including Wilshire Blvd Temple, Muslim-Jewish New Ground, St. Basil Roman Catholic Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Islamic Center of Southern California, King Fahad Mosque, and STOPP, among others.
For more information, or to join the march, contact us at Info@InstituteForReligiousTolerance.org
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3663 Wislshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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