Organized by Pat Scanlan and the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace, 200 plus people attended an event at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Entitled, Calling All Veterans – Stand With Our Muslim Friends, a series of short presentations by veterans and community leaders made clear that hatred, bigotry and Islamophobia being directed towards the Muslim community is unacceptable. “As veterans who have served this country both in war and peace-time, we declare that this hatred, verbal abuse, and physical hostility being directed towards our Muslim friends,neighbors and co-workers is not in keeping with the American values of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood with our fellow Americans. This type of bigotry in 2016 is simply unacceptable, Un-American and we call for its immediate end.”
After the one hour event, lunch was served by members of the Islamic Cultural Center to all who attended.
It was not only an honor to document this event with photos and two videos, but a pleasure to take part in this historic event.
This is the entire event at 54 minutes and 23 seconds and is for all audiences. A shorter version is for VFP news and information purposes.