The signs they carried said “Sacramento-United Against Hate-United For Peace,” as close to 800 people from many ethnic and religious backgrounds gathered at the steps of the California State Capitol building here Dec. 19 to both condemn the recent terror attacks in San Bernardino (and Paris), and to also unite against all kinds of intolerance, especially targeting the Muslim community.
The list of sponsors of the rally included the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, Area Congregations Together, MLK365, the NAACP, the Coalition of Tolerance, the Florin Japanese American Citizens League, the Sikh community, Jewish Voice for Peace, OCA, APAPA, HIP, COSVIO, CAIR-Sacramento Valley, American Muslim Voice, Pakistani American Association and PASCO.
The event served a dual purpose. It showed Sacramento’s solidarity with the victims of San Bernardino, condemning terror in all forms. It also raised a voice against hate in reaction to such incidents and in support of the American Muslim community and people who may look like them (Sikhs) who might be targeted. The rally closed with a prayer by Imam Azeez.