Minneapolis condemns violence and hate speech

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges have passed a resolution condemning violence and hate speech, and expressing solidarity with Muslims and all those targeted for their ethnicity, race or religion. The resolution recognizes that the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of the nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles.

More than 3 million Muslims live in the United States today, and approximately 50,000 live in Minneapolis, making invaluable contributions to the economy, social and political life, and culture. Muslim communities and their leaders are using the language and teachings of Islam to promote peace, justice and service, and their institutions are continuing to play an essential societal role providing charitable and humanitarian services to those in need. Islam in the United States began when African Muslims were enslaved and brought to the Americas, where they later helped build this country and sacrificed their lives in every major war from the Revolutionary War on.

The resolution:

·         Condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims, immigrants, and people of color.

·         Categorically rejects political tactics that use fear to manipulate voters or to gain power or influence.

·         Commits to pursuing a policy agenda that affirms civil and human rights, and ensures that those targeted on the basis of race, religion or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination.

·         Reaffirms the value of a pluralistic society composed of multiple cultures and the inalienable right of all people to live and practice their faith without fear.