Faith communities weigh in on gun violence – Cont’…

CWSC leads Capitol Hill Delegation…

 

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Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton representing the District of Columbia welcomes Mongi Dhaouadi, Debbie Shankman, Imam Talib Shareef, and Mukhtar Muhammad to her Rayburn Offices on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Continued from previous pageCWSC as lead institution for the Never Again interfaith Campaign, was responsible for delivering An Open Letter To The United States Congressional Leadership and the entire Congress on behalf of its sixty institutional signers that included a diverse array of interfaith organizations large to small, local and neighborhood organizations to national groups like NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Latino Muslims of America, the North American arm of the international Focolare Movement, and from  Christian to Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and many other faith brethren including The World Council of Religious Leaders.

The Delegation itself was ethnically, religiously and demographically diverse with the youngest participant being 10-year old Duval County Florida national honor society student Maya Muhammad who participated in the National School Walkout earlier in March following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Maya joined her mom and dad at the offices of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator Van Hollen is an outspoken advocate and staunch supporter for comprehensive gun reform.

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Maya Muhammad, pictured at right with her Girls in Politics camp counselor, also had her own Capitol Hill agenda including getting a chance to see the Vice President. 

Maya’s mom, Darlene Muhammad stated, “…it was special for me as a parent and a CWSC volunteer to be present with my family and especially my daughter who even at age 10 is keenly aware of the violence visited on the Parkland community and on other schools, along with the increasing ubiquitous nature of the threat across communities; and like a great number of her counterparts around the country, she’s wondering why the adults can’t fix this. So to have her present and aware and witnessing the importance of speaking truth to power and the duty of personal civic engagement were a powerful life lesson. We all learned a lot.”

Maya was simultaneously participating in Camp Congress for Girls, an area summer camp hosted by the Girls in Politics Initiative in collaboration with the National Girl Scouts.

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Debbie Shankman, a resident of Maryland and one of CWSC’s most energetic volunteers and a constituent of Senator Van Hollen was instrumental in putting CWSC in touch with the Senator as early as 2015 when he was serving in the House of Representatives. Sister Debbie, as she is affectionately called by her fellow volunteers and AM360 Radio family, made a heartening appeal to lawmakers that the failure to enact common sense reform that provides basic protection is not only literally taking away lives, but also taking away our future as she exhorted: “Who knows which of our children may bring the cure for cancer or otherwise help society with other solutions to any number of pressing problems?…” Debbie declared that she would not have missed this opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers on an issue she is most passionate about. To be continued.

Stay tuned to American Muslim 360 at AM360.org or (701) 719-4197 for a special interview coming soon on the Washington, D.C. Journey. Click here to add your institution’s name to the Never Again Interfaith Campaign for subsequent iterations of the Letter. 

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