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March 6: Russell Simmons to Lead “I am a Muslim, Too” Rally

4 March 2011 General 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(The Boombox)

On March 6, Russell Simmons plans to lead over 75 interfaith, nonprofit, governmental and civil liberties groups in a rally that supports Muslim rights within the U.S. The gathering, an apparent response to Congressional hearings by Peter King (R-LI), aims to show a united American community with full cooperation amongst various religions. It will take place at New York City’s Times Square at 2PM EST.

“As invested Americans, we acknowledge the important work of the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security,” said Russell Simmons in a statement previewing the event. “However, we’re concerned the hearings will send the wrong message and alienate American Muslims instead of partnering with them, potentially putting their lives at risk by inciting fear and enmity.”

Guests at the rally will include a wide assortment of imams, rabbis, priests and many other religious and community leaders. Simmons jumped on board because he was alarmed at the “demonzation of an entire community.” He also hopes to build signatures on a petition sent to house majority and minority leaders John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi that protests “the bias evident in King’s hearings.”

These hearings specifically dealt with the “radicalization of Muslims in America.” Representative King has been widely criticized for having political motives rather than encouraging cooperation and social improvement.

Original post: Russel Simmons to Lead ‘I AM A MUSLIM, TOO’ Rally this Weekend


  1. Thank you, Russell. I am saddened by the venom I see has spread all across this mighty nation. Not venom just toward Muslims or Mexicans but venom toward unions, working class Americans and all those just trying to have a voices are being silenced by others who falsely and slyly wrap themselves in the flag of patriotism.

  2. Islam is not a Religion it’s an Ideology. Sharia has nothing to do with our Constitution, and everything to do with our corrupt legal system. As a woman I abhore the abuses world wide on women and children under Sharia, in the name of Islam. I cannot condone the second portion of the Koran for it’s intollerance to anyone of a different belief system, and the status of “Infidel, and the call out for our deaths. I have yet to see ‘Moderate” Islam stand up in numbers against the Radical segment of their population. I do not wish to join Europe in their struggle’s they have with Sharia encroaching in on their legal system’s/courts, not in America now or ever. Educate yourselves. This is NOT a Civil-rights issue for Muslims…as much as it is a civil-rights issue for EVERYONE else.

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