Marching Shoulder to Shoulder

On April 2, approximately 400 Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, atheists and others came out to support the annual Interfaith Solidarity March. In a show of unity and mutual acceptance, community members walked side-by-side in the mile-long journey from Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) back to the Islamic Center. This path connecting temple to mosque was found more symbolic than anticipated when our marchers discovered that it began at the site of the oldest established Jewish community [WBT] in Los Angeles and ended at the home of the oldest established Muslim community [ICSC] in Los Angeles.

“Today, I prayed with my feet.”
Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller

Along the way, marchers were addressed by speakers and performers sharing bold reminders of the common thread that is sewn amongst all “people of conscience.” Marium Mohiudeen, a NewGround alumna and member of the ICSC Interfaith Council, took the podium during the closing rally to encourage all marchers to, “Show up. Stand up. Speak up.” This same message was echoed throughout the day’s events, repeating itself in various forms. Los Angeles City Controller, Ron Galperin, reminded us that as God-conscious individuals, participating in “sacred resistance” is part of his Jewish faith, saying, “Today, I prayed with my feet.”

Once the formal program came to a close, participants met in the ICSC Social Hall for an informal opportunity to continue the day’s conversations with snacks and refreshments. Marchers were pleased with the day’s events, leaving inspired to remain in contact with new interfaith friends and already looking forward to next year’s march. “This is my first year participating in the march, but I will come every year from now on,” said Jennifer, an enthusiastic Angeleno. “This is the kind of event that has an opportunity to make a real difference in our community.”

For more information on upcoming interfaith opportunities, please contact Kristen Stangas.

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