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February 13, 2016
LAKE TRAVIS RESIDENTS ORGANIZE VALENTINE’S DAY RALLY ON SITE OF DESTROYED ISLAMIC CENTER IN SHOW OF SOLIDARITY WITH LOCAL MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Local Moms, Dads, and Family Members Organize Show of Support for Fellow Muslim Lake Travis Residents Following the Fire of January 7th
Lakeway, Texas— Families of every faith are showing up at the site of a recently destroyed Islamic Center in Hudson Bend in Travis County on Tuesday February 14 to leave Valentine’s notes for members of their local Muslim community as a show of community support after a fire destroyed the almost completed local Islamic center on January 7th.
The rally is the idea of the recently founded Lake Travis Progressives group, inspired in part by other gatherings of support for local Muslims in the community like the English Lutheran Church vigil on January 31. All residents are encouraged to show up with messages of fellowship to celebrate this inter-faith friendship.
“We want to send the message to our local Muslim friends that the residents of Lake Travis supports them” said local resident Mindy Gulati, “Ironically, the first project of the Islamic Center back in 2011 was to raise funds for their fellow neighbors of every faith who had lost their homes in the Steiner Ranch fires – they are model citizens”, said Gulati.
Gulati is the founder of “Lake Travis Progressives”, a new local community organization which brings together residents from all across the Western part of the greater Austin area in support of shared American values such as the right to freedom of religion, no matter the faith. The group has barely started and is already grown considerably, with word spreading quickly about the need to come together and defend core American values. Within days, this community raised over $15,000 in donations to help rebuild a new Islamic center.
“We are all very proud that Travis county is a place where decency and consideration of others is part of our daily lives”, said Gulati. “Regardless of differing faith and beliefs, we treat everyone as fellow humans, and this is a more important value than any of our differences”, she said.
The rally at the Islamic center will start at 12pm at the charred site of the former Islamic center on Tuesday February 14 @ noon at 4700 Doss Rd, Austin, TX 78734 and Moms and Dads are encouraged to bring family members and children to picnic in this show of love and acceptance of our neighbors and the right to freedom of religion. In the event of rain, a local alternative location will be posted.
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For information on the Rally for Love and Unity on Tuesday February 14: https://actionnetwork.org/events/love-unity-rally-islamic-center-of-lake-travis-site