Robinson on the need to stand in solidarity with Muslim communities

Thursday, March 21, 2019

DETROIT — Earlier this week, State Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit) held a community meeting, in partnership with Mayor Mike Duggan’s Office and the Detroit Police Department,  with Detroit and Hamtramck residents at Masjid Muath Bin Jabal, to address the concerns of the community after the tragic shooting in New Zealand.

Rep. Robinson was joined by State Rep. Tyrone Carter, Arthur Jemison, Chief of Services and Infrastructure for the City of Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Todd Bettison, Deputy Police Chief Elvin Barren, Roberto Torres, Director, Immigrant Affairs & Economic Inclusion, faith leaders, community leaders and representatives from the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Hamtramck School Board and the Hamtramck City Council.    

Key Additional participants and speakers included:  Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree, Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware, community leader Sam Alasri, Bandar Bawazir of the United Youth Council, Arif Huskic of the Common Word Alliance and Imad Hamad, Executive Director of the American Human Rights Council. Following the meeting, state Rep. Robinson issued the following statement:

“No one should ever be afraid to go to their place of worship or walk down the street in our community. Now more than ever it is critical that we show love and support to the Muslim communities, here in Detroit, around the country and also across the world. I want my residents to know we are committed to ensuring all residents feel safe, welcome and at home in our community. I will be working closely with the city and other officials to ensure we are standing as a united front to protect our friends and neighbors against hate and terror. I am encouraged that when I reached out to the mayors of Detroit and Hamtramck and others for their help and input, everyone was immediately receptive.  In Detroit and Hamtramck, we are family, and together we are united.”