A local advocacy group centered around Muslim women will hold a candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle tonight to stand against homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia.
The Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum (MAWPF) will host the event tonight at 7:30 p.m. Abiha Bilgrami, one of the event’s organizers, said tonight’s vigil is meant to remember the victims of the mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub that left 50 people dead and 53 more wounded.
“The victims of the shooting were people of color, and that’s something that’s not being addressed in the media,” Bilgrami said.
The event is also meant to combat homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia, and will include speeches and statements by queer Muslim men and women, Bilgrami added.
“The Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum is hosting a vigil to mourn the lives of people killed and wounded in Orlando, Florida due to homophobic and transphobic violence,” organizers wrote in a statement. “We are calling on communities to reject using Islamophobia and xenophobia as a response to fighting homophobic and transphobic violence.”
Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and bring signs, candles and a rose to lay at the base of the fountain.
Read more about the vigil and RSVP for the event on its Facebook event page:
A crowd will gather in Dupont Circle park tonight to remember the 144 people killed in the Peshawar School terror attack in Pakistan, which occurred exactly one year ago today.
Attendees will congregate around the fountain holding flickering candles and placards with names of the victims and messages condemning terrorism at 7:30 p.m. this evening.
The event is being organized by D.C.-based Pakistan advocacy group AdvoPak.
“It will be a peaceful demonstration,” said Zaineb Majoka, founder and director at AdvoPak, in an e-mail. “We are not planning to have any speeches or slogans but we will have a megaphone in case someone wants to say a few words.”
Majoka said tonight’s vigil is meant to bring awareness to the victims of terror attacks in Pakistan and across the world.
“Through these vigils … we not only want to condemn all terrorist activities and use of violence but we are also trying to raise awareness about the human cost of these attacks and how each life matters,” Majoka said. “Staying silent is not an option anymore.”
Attendees who want to participate can bring flowers, candles, placards or nothing, she added.
“We will have enough supplies and anyone in the community is more than welcome to participate,” said Majoka. “In fact it should be a collaborative effort.”
Photo via AdvoPak