Open Communities’ note: The event was not planned in response to Trump’s rally. Our message said that the turnout was expected to be bigger than anticipated in the wake of that protest.
Anti-hate groups to meet at Fountain Square to show support for Muslims.
By Tim Moran
An array of inclusion groups will gather around Fountain Square in Evanston beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 to show solidarity with Muslims.
The Facebook event â€˜Together We Stand: Chicagoland in Solidarity with Muslimsâ€™ has nearly 100 confirmed guests and is co-sponsored by a number of organizations such as the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Rainbow PUSH, CAIR-Chicago and the Chicago Area Peace Action.
â€œMuslims and those perceived to be Muslim are enduring vitriolic, frightening levels of hate and violence throughout the country- being spit on, verbally harassed and abused, physically assaulted, and even shot,â€ according to the Facebook event.
The march was planned in response to the protests that arose from the Donald Trump Presidential rally last week in Chicago, according to a spokesperson for Open Communities, another organization taking part in Sundayâ€™s event.
â€œTogether we will publicly say: We stand against the many ways in which anti-Muslim and xenophobic hatred manifests itself, including hate speech and hate crimes; institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned violence; racial and religious profiling in all its forms; and prejudice that targets refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds.â€