On Saturday, June 10, “anti-Muslim” protests are being held in 23 cities across the U.S., and Indivisible Lambertville New Hope is planning a “Love Thy Neighbor Walk” that day in response.
ACT for America is organizing the “March Against Sharia” marches, including one at the Harrisburg State Capitol, 501 N. 3rd St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This is a march against Sharia law and for human rights,” according to ACT for America. “Our nation is built on the freedom of religion — a pillar of our democracy — which we must always respect, protect, and honor. However, many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values.”
The Lambertville New Hope Indivisible Love thy Neighbor Walk will begin at the Phillip Pattore Justice Center in Lambertville at 25 S. Union St. starting at 12:30 p.m. on June 10, proceeding to Main Street, then down Bridge Street, crossing the free bridge, and finishing up in New Hope.
“The walk will take place on the sidewalks in Lambertville and New Hope, crossing at all intersections, and following all state laws,” according to Indivisible LNH.
“The Love Thy Neighbor Walk has been created to directly counter the anti-Muslim marches planned for this Saturday,” explained organizer Doug Graiver. “Indivisible Lambertville New Hope is marching to counter the intolerance and scapegoating that is happening currently in our country. Personally, I keep asking myself this: ‘Who is next?’ What group will be the next victim of the intolerance that’s sweeping our country?”
Indivisible LNH is asking participants to bring signs “stressing the welcoming nature of our communities,” and “Hate Has No Home Here” signs will be available for $5.
Also on Saturday, June 10, from 2:30-4 p.m., Rise Up Doylestown and others are hosting a “Many Faiths, One Community: BuxMont Solidarity Gathering” at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St.
Supporting organizations include Showing Up For Racial Justice Delaware Valley, Bucks Equality Coalition, Welcoming the Stranger, Planned Parenthood Advocates of PA, and the NOVA Network of Victim Assistance.
“Next Saturday, June 10, our nation will be disgraced with more than 20 anti-Muslim marches around the U.S. and the world, including one in Harrisburg, Pa.,” said the group in a statement. “Many of our Muslim neighbors, co-workers, family members and friends are feeling afraid, upset, misunderstood and deeply hurt.”