|Santa Ana, Calif. – March 8, 2011 – Orange County Young Democrats is denouncing the violentÂ verbalÂ attack of Muslim families at a February 13th fundraiser held by the Islamic Circle of North America Relief.Â Anti-Islamic stereotyping, attacks on children, and aÂ propensityÂ for violence are some of theÂ grievancesÂ raised by OCYD.Â A video posted to Youtube by C.A.I.R., the Center for American-Islamic Relations, shows citizens and elected officials protesting the eventÂ broadly stereotyping Muslims as terrorists. This generalization is completely false, can lead to violence towards Muslims and needs to be stopped immediately.
Anger and verbal violence were also visible at the protest. After a series of anti-Islamic statements by Rep. Gary Miller (R 42), Rep. Ed Royce (R 40), and Villa Park City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, the protest manifested itself into abusive verbal attacks on US citizens, women, even children who are clearly not affiliated with any type of terrorism.Â
Nick Anas, Chair of OCYD states, “There is noÂ separating our elected officials’ participation in this rally and the ensuingÂ violent verbal attacks on families and children. These officials should denounce intolerance and violence, not encourage it.” Â
Today, it has been exactly two months since the shooting of Rep.Gabrielle Giffords. In that context, OCYD is asking our Orange County community and it’s elected officials to immediately stop using violent rhetoric in our publicÂ discourse. We cannot ignore the fact that this type of hate speech can be the catalyst for instable individuals to commit violent actions.Â
Thursday OCYD will host a public meeting with Adel Syed, Civil Rights Coordinator at the Council on American-Islamic Relations to discuss these events. (400 West 4th street, Santa Ana 7pm)Â
OCYD is also organizing a rally with local colleges to bring attention to this issue. The first planning meeting for the rally will be held Wednesday at Chapman University.
Video of the protest has beenÂ removed from Youtube, however is still available atÂ OCYD’s Facebook.
|Orange County Young Democrats represents young families, workers, college and high school students ages 14 to 35. Â OCYD takes action in our communities for local, statewide and national efforts to build the Democratic Party.Â # # #|