Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES, the Loudoun Clergy Gathering, and other civic and faith community leaders are planning a special program Sunday to give a voice to the Muslim and other immigrant community groups that are facing discrimination and obstruction resulting from new federal visa restrictions and immigration policies.
The program will be Sunday March 12, 5:30-7 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. in Leesburg.
Speakers will include immigrants and refugees from majority Muslim nations, recent and long-term immigrants from Latin American nations, and Loudoun clergy.
Among the civic leaders who were invited or committed to attend are U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Attorney General Mark Herring, County Chairman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, Loudoun NAACP President Phillip Thompson, Loudoun Public Schools Chief of Staff Michael Richards, Sheriff Mike Chapman, and Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown.
Organizers say the federal executive order banning immigrants from specific Muslim countries, and the start of aggressive moves against Latino immigrants has resulted in intense emotions and hurtful, uncivil conduct.
“We host this event firmly believing that we are stronger and wiser when we work together for the common good,” they said in a statement.