Chicagoland Muslims Join Immigration March

May 2, 2006

Source: Daily Southtown

On May 2, 2006 the Daily Southtown reported, "Guadalupe Govea spoke Spanish as she greeted a friend Monday in the parking lot of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. Govea, 27, was dressed in hijab like the rest of the women boarding buses to join a largely Latino crowd in Chicago calling for changes in the country's immigration laws. Govea's family is Mexican, and she has converted to Islam. 'I'm Mexican, too,' Govea thought when she independently joined a similar rally in March and noticed puzzled looks from the throngs of Latinos. This time, though, she was joined by many more Muslims, including a few hundred from the Bridgeview mosque, organized by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. The mosque's imam, Sheik Jamal Said, had called repeatedly for the worshippers to show their support for the cause. Mahamadou Drame, of Orland Park, had gotten the day off from his job at the International House of Pancakes. 'They asked me why, and I said, "The imam decreed,"' Drame said. His boss, likewise a Muslim, would be joining the rally later himself."