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ICGS STATEMENT: RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT RULING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ISLAMIC COUNCIL OF GREATER SYRACUSE
Response to Tuesday, June 26 Supreme Court Ruling

(Syracuse, New York) — All politics are local.  It is with this in mind that we reflect upon and share our collective thoughts about the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday upholding Trump’s Travel Ban that is essentially the “Muslim Ban.”

The Syracuse area is home to a diverse population that largely embraces differences and works collectively for the greater good of all humanity.  Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has been a recent champion of this by proclaiming and acting upon the city vision that, “Syracuse will be a growing city that embraces diversity and creates opportunities for all.”

These are not just words.  Over the past 6 months, the Mayor and many people in Syracuse and its surrounding suburbs have been both inspired and motivated to speak out and work together to work toward inclusion and push back against the racist and discriminatory rhetoric and policies that have been coming forth from certain groups in this country.  There is a genuine feeling of acceptance, perhaps more so now than in any time in the past.

However, make no mistake.  The “Muslim Ban” has support.  People are acting upon their bigotry because these sentiments come from the top down.  People with little genuine and visceral exposure to diversity tend to become isolationist and nationalistic.  Yet the local Muslim community is making concerted efforts to address this by becoming more involved in local events and politics.

At least twenty-one Syracuse Muslim community organizations in the Syracuse area are working on issues ranging from education to health care to homelessness.  All of these organizations welcome everyone, regardless of their faith or lack thereof.

On June 9, hundreds of people from various faiths and presage came out to share an Iftar meal during the month of Ramadan with some of their Muslim neighbors at Manley Field House at Syracuse University.  The feeling of all of us “standing together” for diversity and acceptance was strong.

We deeply appreciate the outpouring of support we have received locally and beyond from individuals and organizations that are committed to fighting for Muslim families and communities, pursuing legal avenues to assist them, contacting and lobbying legislators and generally organizing and mobilizing to defend Muslim communities from bigoted policies.

The ICGS welcomes people as individuals and as representatives of organizations who may be willing and able to work with and empower us, to help us understand, and to strength our voice as minorities.

The Islamic Council of Greater Syracuse founding organizations are five mosques (Islamic Cultural Center of Bosniaks, Islamic Society of Central New York, Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah, Masjid Isa Ibn Maryam and Muslim American Society Al Huda Mosque).

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