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Coalition Against Bias and Hate Issues Statement Against Islamophobia

For Immediate Release: 12/7/2015 9:54 am

Worcester, MA (December 7, 2015) - The City Manager's Community Coalition Against Bias and Hate Crimes (Coalition) offers its condolences to the victims and survivors of the recent attacks in San Bernardino, Paris and Beirut. Acts of terrorism like these are only made worse when used to justify racial, ethnic and religious profiling. The Coalition condemns all forms of racism, including Islamophobia. We cannot allow the exploitation of recent events in order to foment hate through rhetoric or institutionalize racism through public policy. As representatives of local government, faith organizations, social service agencies, law enforcement, education and advocacy institutions we are taking and will commit to take appropriate measures to protect our peaceful religious community against hateful and discriminatory speech or actions against any one of us. We must stand together for a world that fosters peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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