Rally to Restore Sanity: "You Go, Then I'll Go"
It was the most soothing rally I had ever attended. 215,000 people on the mall, standing shoulder to shoulder, pressing in on all sides, and you had never seen a crowd so… calm. Even blocks away from the main stage, people were exceedingly pleasant to one another — no pushing, no shoving. They were happy to get a glimpse of the jumbo-trons, politely lowered their signs so that others could see, cheered on those who climbed trees to catch a better view. Measured by the crowd alone, the Rally to Restore Sanity lived up to its name before the show [...]Read more
Announcing Our Lawsuit
For the last year and a half, I’ve worked as part of a coalition of church leaders, residents, lawyers and fellow Yale law students to fight against racial profiling in East Haven, CT. I was proud to join them to announce our next major action: filing a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of our clients in federal court. Our press conference on television:Read more
Fighting Back Against Racial Profiling – NYT
We are filing a major lawsuit tomorrow on behalf of clients who have endured racial profiling and police brutality in East Haven, CT. Our clients’ story just made the New York Times: Latino Immigrants to Sue a Connecticut Police Dept., Asserting Racial Bias By SAM DOLNICK When Yadanny García asked police officers in East Haven, Conn., why they were ordering him to the ground, they shocked him three times with a Taser gun, punched him and told him to “go back to your country.” When José Luis Albaraccín was arrested after questioning an officer, he was taken to the police [...]Read more
Panel on Park51: Video & Podcast
A few days ago, I joined a phenomenal panel called “Take the Bully of out of the Pulpit: How America’s Religious Leaders Can Bring Healing to Nation.” It was my chance to share my thoughts on Park51 and the resurgence of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence — how we got here and why we are called to respond. Auburn Seminary just released a video of the event. Watch the video or download the podcast for an enriching discussion: “If you missed Auburn’s live October 6th program, click here to watch Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh leaders–from their 20s to 70s–put their [...]Read more
Livestream of "Take the Bully Out of the Pulpit"
Check out tonight’s panel discussion in NYC. Excited to join the conversation. You can watch live at 6:45PM EST and send in questions here: The ninth anniversary of 9/11 bred competing rallies and a near-miss Koran burning. As the 2010 election looms, the smoke of religious ignorance and hatred rises. The need for religious leaders to stand up and bring healing has never been greater. What should America’s faith communities be doing now to prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11? Join us in person or online as Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh leaders–from their 20s to 70s–put their hearts [...]Read more