The African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC) in conjunction with the Highland Park NAACP this Saturday will be holding a demonstration in Allen Park, Michigan in response to Lowe’s capitulation to anti-Muslims bigots by pulling their advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim” reality show. AAMLC invites all people of conscience to join the demonstration for religious tolerance against bigotry.
WHAT: Interfaith Demonstration Against Lowe’s
WHERE: Lowe’s, 23111 Outer Drive, Allen Park, MI
WHEN: Saturday, December 17 at 11am
CONTACT: Pastor Charles Williams II (AAMLC) at 313-303-8002 and Pastor David Bullock (Highland Park NAACP) at 313-917-3115.
The Mansfield Branch of NAACP will hold a joint press conference at 11 a.m. today to ask the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Dan Freund to withdraw permission for a group scheduled to meet at Mansfield Senior High School tonight. The press conference will be held in front of the Mansfield Board of Education office, 856 W. Cook Road.
According to a press release issued this morning, NAACP will be joined by representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Mansfield Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and other civic community leaders.
NAACP is asking for a “rigorous review” of the school’s facilities use guidelines and policies before an event scheduled for Mansfield Senior High School community room at 7 p.m. today.
Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association, which meets regularly at the high school, will host guest speaker Usama Dakdok. The press release announcing his appearance said that Dakdok will “reveal the ways that we are not just losing our freedoms, but that we are surrendering them to our enemy, radical Islam. He will explain what Islam is and what Muslims believe.” The event is open to the public and, according to the tea party press release “a freewill offering will be taken.”
Mansfield Board policy provides for the use of its grounds and facilities for community purposes, including use by “community organizations or groups of individuals formed for educational purposes. Facilities shall also be made available to any certified candidate for public office and any recognized political party or organization for the purpose of conducting public discussions of public questions or issues.”
Use of the facilities is restricted to purposes deemed “harmonious with the purposes of this District.” Raising funds for political purposes is prohibited as are private social functions or any purpose prohibited by law.
The NAACP press relates states: “We must stand together as a community and realize there exists many, diverse cultures in America. We as Americans have a right to choose whatever religion we wish to follow. It is our country’s diversity which has made us a nation rich in cultural experience and our children have a right to know that whatever faith they choose to follow, that they will not be judged by their color or religion, but by the content of their character.”