Pluralism Project Summary:
Shortly after noon on February 10, 2017, a bitterly cold winter day, 150-200 residents of the Greater Boston area gathered in front of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury to form a “Chain of Peace” to show solidarity with the local Muslim community following a string of hate crimes and rising intolerance in the United States and Canada. Participants arrived in time to welcome Muslims arriving for the weekly Friday prayer before taking up positions around the perimeter of the ISBCC. During the service, participants stood silently in the cold, holding signs that said, “We Have Your Back” and “You Belong.” Following Friday prayers, the imam came out to say a word of thanks to the participants before inviting everyone inside to warm up and drink hot beverages.
This summary is written by a Pluralism Project staff member who attended the event.