Immigrant Youth Mourn the Muslim Lives Lost in New Zealand

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

“We recommit to building the beloved community where every person can live, worship, and thrive as their true and authentic self.”

For Immediate Release
Contact: Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202.850.0812

Washington, DC – Today, the world is shocked by the news that Muslim worshippers in New Zealand were gunned down by a white supremacist. The victims were targeted because of their religion and because of their refugee and immigration status.

Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said:

“Our hearts are aching for the Muslim families in New Zealand and around the world who were, and continue to be, targeted for violence. The lives of more worshipers were stolen by another white supremacist and another space of refuge was shattered by racism and hate.

“In the face of such hatred, we recommit to building the beloved community where every person can live, worship, and thrive as their true and authentic self.

“The culture of hatred, misinformation and fear that led to this tragedy has been created and encouraged by powerful men in politics and the media. It is not lost on us that this week, Donald Trump threatened to use armed civilians, the police and the military to force white supremacy upon the United States while most Americans politicians remained silent.

“We call upon political leaders of all ideologies to examine how their behavior or silence emboldens violent white supremacy and Islamophobia and we invite all people to rise up alongside Muslims and people of color to defeat it.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.