Interfaith groups to counter anti-Shariah rally in South Bay
After years of being on the defensive and months of listening to President Trump’s plans for a travel ban on mostly Muslim countries, fueling more mistrust of the Muslim American community, Basrai said she’s had enough.
She is planning to join scores of interfaith leaders, activists and residents in a unity rally on Saturday, right across the street from the anti-Shariah law rally.
“For a lot of us in the Bay Area, who grew up here, there’s been this feeling like we have to prove ourselves, prove our humanity, prove the fact that our values are just like yours, that we deserve civil rights just like you,” said Basrai, a member of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action.
Basrai said that like most Americans she watched in horror from her home as hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon and crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa. She said she mourned with the rest of the country for the nearly 3,000 people killed.
But as the days went by, she started feeling anti-Muslim bigotry was legitimized — a sentiment that many say has only grown since Trump moved into the White House.
“I was personally fearful for my safety and for the safety of my family in a way I had never experienced before,” Basrai said of the growing anti-Muslim climate in the wake of Trump’s election.
Source: SF Gate