Living in Sanctuary

Raleigh, NC

Beautiful community event yesterday evening to show support for Eliseo Jimnez who took sanctuary 6 months ago at Umstead Park United Church of Christ. Eliseo has also start making bird sanctuaries and they are being sold to raise funds for him. With no experience, he is doing an amazing job in making these bird houses. We all need to come together and stand up for our brothers and sisters who are going through very difficult time and hardships. Stand up America for justice and equality!

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough – Islam and Islamophobia

Great event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Hillsborough focusing on pressing issues on anti Muslim hate and Islam. Our event went longer than expected and it was all worth it and even in the end few still decided to stay for a closer conversation. Faisal Khan of CPC was invited as a speaker.

After the dinner he began the talk on today’s developments on Muslim Ban oral arguments and how it’s impacting Muslims here and abroad. He also shed light on Islamophobic Policies from CVE to profiling Muslims that was initiated under the reign of previous administration. Touched on statistics related to hate crimes against Muslims in the US and vandalism and arson in Masjids. He also talked about how domestic Islamophobic policies are equally embedded in American foreign policy. Last, he discussed the vibrant American Muslim communities in the Triangle and across the county where Muslims are becoming a force to reckon with in politics and other institutions.

Last part of the event was Q&A that lasted over hour that included important dialogue and discussion on Islam as faith and culture. This was a wonderful event and CPC is looking forward to engaging in similar events like this one in the near future.

Call to Action: No Muslim Ban Ever Rally

Carolina Peace Center request urgent peaceful nonviolent participation on April 25 #NoMuslimBanEver Rally outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington DC. This is a rally to coincide with Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on Trump’s “Muslim Ban 3.0”.

This rally is important because it will display solidarity among communities between the Muslim community, in coalition with the others minority communities under attack by this administration, are mobilizing against Trump’s unconstitutional anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee agenda.

WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Outside the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543

Please call your state and federal representative including Congress and Senate to resist Trump’s draconian and unconstitutional immigrants and refugees policies. Your voice is necessary in order to stop these policies that are affecting hundred thousands of people. Your phone call and email can make a difference.

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them your senator’s or representative’s name, and they will connect you to their office.

Racism: Community Conversation on Structural Racism, Accountability and Police State

Great event this evening in Durham on much needed topic that must take place across the country. Great panelists discussion on the following questions below. You can watch the entire talk on the event page (see previous post). Durham police also participated in the conversation and CPC looks forward to continue to work with them on issues related to racism.


  1. Given the historical roots of structural police violence and anti-black racism in our country and local community, what can be done about current issues we are facing as a community in the way(s) that the police and/or justice system handle these issues?
  2. What can we do as a community to acknowledge our responsibility and be accountable for the injustices of the past, and to take on the rectification of structural racism, both as citizens and the police force?
  3. How can we make our communities safer—especially given that the historic purpose of policing was to enforce enslavement?
  4. How do you see our community now in terms of gender, race, policing, and accountability, and how would you like to see it?
  5. How have your experiences at the crossroads of gender and race, or another identity such as sexual orientation, shaped your ideas around policing?
  6. What is a way forward that would be inclusive and keep our communities safe?

Call to Action: Duke Energy – Greensboro Tornado

Most of the South East side of Greensboro was severely impacted from the tornado few days ago. Most communities electricity is out due to trees falling on power lines. Certain communities which are predominantly black are dealing with extra burden because of lack of resources. In addition, Duke Energy has been slow in restoring their electricity. Their lack of urgency to restore electricity in these communities has been disappointing and disturbing. One neighbor who wants to stay anonymous told one of our team members that Duke Energy told this person that it was not safe for them work there 24 hours. This is unacceptable and racist.

Please call Duke Energy corporate office and demand for an immediate emergency response to these communities in restoring electricity. Ask for 24 hours team to be present in restoring electricity. In addition, please call the Governor’s office to lodge an official complaint about Duke Energy.

The affected areas are as follows:

  • South East part of Greensboro.
  • Claremont Area.
  • From North English to South English.
  • From Benbow Rd. to Phillis Ave.

Call Duke Energy headquarters at 1-704-594-6200. You may have to speak with an operator to reach a member of the corporate team. Ask for the following executive team.

Senior Management Committee
Lynn Good
Dhiaa Jamil
Julie Janson
Marc Manly
Lee Mazzocchi

North Carolina Governor Office Contact:
(919) 814-2000

Call to Action: Mike Pompeo Confirmation

Please call the U.S. Senate (your Senator) to oppose and block the confirmation of Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State.

Immediate request for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to block Pompeo’s confirmation and to question him about his past anti-Muslim statements, about current associations with anti-Muslim hate groups and about his views on supporting torture, keeping the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo open and framing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as religious wars.

If you have difficulty reaching senate offices using these numbers, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be transferred.

Many thanks Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for highlighting Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s history of Islamophobic statements and associations during today’s confirmation hearing.

Sen. Cory Booker Grills Mike Pompeo on His Past Anti-Muslim Statements and Associations

Sen. Edward Markey Questions Mike Pompeo About His Smears Targeting U.S. Muslim Leaders

URGENT Call to Action: Somali Immigrants Human Rights Abuse

In December of 2017, ICE officials put 92 Somali detainees on a plane back to their home country, in shackles and chained to their seats. The plane mysteriously turned around in Senegal and came back to Miami, and during this time were allegedly brutally beaten, verbally abused, and forced to relieve themselves in their seats. These detainees described the hellish trip as having “slave ship” conditions.

They have been held in ICE detention centers ever since, where they have been subject to physical abuse, racial slurs, unsanitary conditions and medical neglect, according to their lawyers, who have filed a lawsuit on their behalf, asking that their deportation cases be reopened or dismissed. The lawsuit remains open. Local community members and activists are demanding that these ICE agents be taken to account for their actions.

We stand with these detainees who have had their human rights so grievously violated. We demand that the ICE agents who committed these crimes be brought to justice. These abuses clearly exist because of and within the larger context of anti-black and anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy that has allowed such state violence to carry on unchecked for far long already. It is especially distressing that these black Africans were chained and shipped overseas in such a brutal and horrific manner that echoes the stories we know of the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, a sin that has haunted and poisoned this country’s institutional and societal structures since before its birth. We ask that you call your federal representatives and demand that they stand up for human rights, for accountability, and against these horrible crimes that are happening under the supervision of a federal agency.

Please call and email your federal NC representatives:

Congressman David Price

Washington, DC Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone DC: 202.225.1784
Phone Raleigh: 919.859.5999

Senator Thom Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Senator Richard Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437

If you live outside North Carolina, you can look up your representatives here:

A Day of Commemoration: North Carolina Holocaust Observance

An emotional and solemn day today in Jones Auditorium at Meredith College remembering the deceased of Jewish holocaust and the survivors who escaped the Nazi Germany barbarism in World War II.

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Families of the victims who were killed in the concentration camps with friends and elected officials attended today’s event. In addition, one member from the Rohingya community who is also part of Carolina Peace Center was invited to light the candle and later speak about the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. Survivors from Auschwitz to Labor camps of Radom to Warsaw ghetto were among the special attendees who lit the memorial candles. Shelly Weiner spoke about how she and her cousin were hidden with their mothers for over two years in the farm of a Christian family. She was 6 years old at that time. Her grandfather and other members of her family were killed stripped naked standing by a large pit of mass graves shot point blank. Jack talked about his father’s family who were all killed by the Nazis except his father who survived. Few other survivors talked about their experience growing up in the shadow of the holocaust.

Throughout the event there was music from Schindler’s List to Song of the Partisans to silent meditation. Mourners’ Kaddish, a prayer in Aramaic was recited for the deceased in the end.

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The event was organized by North Carolina Council on the Holocaust and Temple Beth Or for the Internationally recognized day set aside remembering the victims of holocaust. In 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Day is Thursday, April 12.

I want to thank the council and the Temple to invite Abdullah, our refugee coordinator from Rohingya community to light the candle honoring and remembering the victims of Rohingya genocide and giving him the opportunity to talk about his experience in Myanmar and his journey to the US. During the Q&A Bosnian genocide and current hateful religious rhetoric in the US was also discussed and the fact that we all must resist ethnic and racial bigotry.

I have been carrying a heavy heart for few days due to what is happening in Syria and Gaza and today when I hugged Shelly Weiner, the Warsaw ghetto survivor, I felt an important and disturbing part of history has touched my soul. Shelly is a brave and wonderful lady in her 70s now. All the more reason to speak up against hate and stand up for justice.

March for Our Lives – Raleigh

Amazing march and rally today in Raleigh, North Carolina joining students movement “March for Our Lives” across the nation. Estimated 13,000 came out today to march from downtown Raleigh to Halifax Mall for a rally and speaker’s event. The March for Our Lives Raleigh event was led by teen leaders Lauren Smith and Amber Mitchell along with three local activism groups who organized this inspiring event today – Carolina Peace Center, Indivisible Triangle Daily Call For Action and Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense. It was a great honor for Carolina Peace Center to be part of this event.

Watch the media coverage

March for Our Lives rallies around the globe

▪️ Washington, D.C.▪️ New York City▪️ London▪️ Amsterdam▪️ Houston▪️ RaleighOver 800 cities around the globe are beginning to line up for #MarchforOurLives

Posted by CBS News on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Enough Is Enough – Town Hall Against Gun Control

So much can be said about today’s town hall meeting but it will never be enough. A wonderful and energetic town hall event took place today in Raleigh at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on gun control.

Some great speakers who have been directly affected from previous gun violence to people who work on advocating stricter gun laws spoke passionately about their experiences and suggested common sense ideas to better protect our children from school gun violence. US Congressman David Price and North Carolina Representative Cynthia Ball were among the government officials who spoke about policy and preventive measures that are necessary to protect our children.

The highlight of the event was these young resilient high school speakers that talked about their sincerity and advocacy for better gun laws. Their voice pierced through our hearts that was moving and inspiring. These young children are our future and I have no doubt that this is the generation that is truly going to make America great. A just and peaceful America.

The event was organized by all three in collaboration with Triangle Indivisible TDCA, Carolina Peace Center and Mom’s Demand Action. Great media presence before and throughout the event. I ask all from all political parties and voters to unite and support better gun laws so our children can rise every morning without any fear but with enthusiasm and excitement going to their schools.

Event: Challenging Muslim and Immigrant Ban

This afternoon, the Carolina Peace Center held a Panel on the Muslim Travel Ban and anti-immigrant policies which included DACA recipients. Community faith leaders, legal counsels and political leaders shared and shed light on policies as well as that of people they know who have been affected. Individuals and their families who have been impacted from these draconian policies spoke heart quenching stories of how their lives and their loved ones’ lives have been dented and the emotional trauma they encounter on a daily basis.

The discussion was deeply personal and equally heartbreaking. Attendees also heard about the challenges that are faced by those who are trying to help these communities that are under fire yet are being met with one obstacle after the next. Each of the speakers shared their own wishes for an inclusive society and ways that the rest of us might go about achieving it.

At the end, there was a meaningful Q&A with many of the youth in attendance stepping forward to asking questions on how they can get involved. It was inspiring to see these young people wanting to get involved and take action. There are countless adults who can learn from their example and must start standing up for those who can no longer stand alone.

Stand up and speak up. We can no longer sit quiet and do nothing. Doing something constructive and meaningful is required from all of us if we truly want an inclusive, diverse and unified America.


HKonJ March

Raleigh, North Carolina

Great turnout of many groups and organizations showing solidarity and unity. Carolina Peace Center was honored to be part of such a prestigious march. This is an amazing symbolic and uplifting event that takes place every year. What we take from this and how we use it is what is important. Two points.
1) Unity is important and that means supporting others especially who are subject to hateful and racist policies.
2) We all need to realize that we have lot of power if utilized wisely and strategically then it can have a meaningful impact. Speak up. Stand up. Show up. Learn from the mistakes of the past and focus on policies and lawmakers who are behind destructive policies. Think institutions.

Watch a 360-degree video of HKonJ March:

Call to Action: 340B Drug Program HIV Primary Care

Call to Action: Protect and defend the 340B Drug Program. An event organized by Terl Gleason at Golden Corral in Greensboro, North Carolina to make phone calls to local Congressional leaders to oppose any efforts to amend the 340B Drug Program. Carolina Peace Center fully supports the 340B Drug Program. Terl is tirelessly working with AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION. An organization that advocates for persons living with HIV, PLHIV or stage 3 HIV. Advocates and persons living with HIV who are living perfectly healthy lives spoke about their life and advocacy work. Some spoke about preventive measures and routine medical check ups and treatments. Faisal Khan of CPC also spoke about the aspect of awareness and collaboration with other organizations to build a movement of awareness and advocacy. We all need to speak up and advocate for people living with HIV and call our state leaders and demand not to amend the 340B Drug Program. The 340B program costs taxpayers and the government nothing. The 340B program is vital to preserving a health care safety net. The 340B Program helps Ryan White HIV primary care clinics pay for services that keep patients living with HIV in routine care that aren’t paid for by their government contracts. Speak up and stand up for 340B. Make the calls and share the information.

For more information please visit Coalition websites:

March Into Action 2018 – Women’s March

Women’s March Hillsborough-Orange County, North Carolina

The women’s rally “March into Action 2018″ was held today in Hillsborough. It was bursting at the seams with women (and men) from all walks of life that came together to celebrate our diversity and reaffirm our collective voice to denounce the policies from this administration that are affecting marginalized communities.

Fatma Wasel, from Carolina Peace Center, spoke powerfully about the inhumane and unjust Muslim Travel Ban which has directly impacted her own life and that of her children in Yemen and here at home. America is a country of refugees and immigrants,” Fatma shared, “we have to promote equity and equality for all women.”

Fatma’s daughter read a beautiful poem at the end of her mother’s speech that rejoiced in a spirit of humanity and inclusiveness for all.

Latarndra Strong from Hate Free Schools Coalition spoke about people activism efforts and others getting involved. Tom Stevens, the Mayor, Pat Clayton, the president of NAACP of Orange Country, Rev. Patty Henneman, Nicole Duarte, and prominent women speakers spoke at the event.

Great work by Heather Joy of Carolina Peace Center in coordinating with the organizers. Wonderful turnout with musical band and march in the end. Power to all the women worldwide. Great work by the organizers. Shoulder to shoulder together.

Read about it in the media

URGENT Call to Action: Promote Human Rights for Palestinian Children

Updated Jan. 31, 2018

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi is turning 17 years old in an Israeli prison today. The ill treatment of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized throughout the Israeli military detention system. Take action today: Contact your representatives to tell them to support HR 4391 to hold Israel responsible for its abuses of Palestinian children’s rights.


I am a constituent of Representative _______________ and I am calling to ask [him/her] to support H.R. 4391 to promote Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391. This legislation is to prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children. An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. Independent monitors such as Human Rights Watch have documented that these children are subject to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys.
Please support H.R. 4391.
Thank you.
[Your name]

**Please call North Carolina Congressman David Price:

Washington, DC Office
Phone: 202.225.1784

Chapel Hill-Durham Office
Phone: 919.967.7924

Raleigh Office
Phone: 919.859.5999

**Look here for your representative:

This bill was introduced in November of 2017 by Congresswoman Betty McCollum to promote human rights for Palestinian children. She said earlier, “this legislation highlights Israel’s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”

Text of the entire bill:…/docu…/17.1107MCCOLL_005_xml.pdf

Class Size Chaos Rally – Fund Our Public Schools

An amazing rally event yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina where Faisal Khan of Carolina Peace Center was honored to speak among other wonderful speakers on House Bill 13. Despite freezing temperature, parents with young children and teachers in large numbers showed up to support this cause. Great rally organized by NC Parents for Public Schooling: Save Our Schools – NC Parents for Public Schooling is a non-partisan, grassroots group of citizens, parents, teachers, and public education advocates who have joined together to advocate the repeal of the NCGA’s unfunded class size limits. Carolina Peace Center support the repeal of HB13.

House Bill 13, a mandate with no funding lowers the class size. Special classes such as art, music, and P.E. are at the risk of being eliminated along with those teachers’ jobs as local school districts craft their budgets with HB13 that is hanging in the balance.

The people that are going to get impacted the most are 4 year old children of low income families in Pre-K, a program that is funded with federal and state dollars and is a critical service provided to the community free of charge. For young children who have the opportunity to participate in Pre-K, this early classroom education provides them with a solid educational and vocational foundation as they enter kindergarten—one that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

The lawmakers have required as outlined in HB 13 an additional classrooms for the smaller K-3 class sizes. But places like Warren County would have to build out new brick and mortar structures, which would be a years-long process and not something that could be done in time for fall 2018. The problem is that they can’t do it because they don’t have the funding to do it.

Speak up and stand up fight back.
Please read the last photos for action. Raise awareness. Write about it. Advocate by reaching out to this group who is at the forefront advocating to repeal HB 13. Get involved and get going.

(Photos Credit: Phil Fonville)

Rally Speakers

I-Team: SCOTUS Ruling on Travel Ban a Mixed Bag for Triangle

DURHAM (WTVD) — Though a final ruling is still months away, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold an Executive Order on travel and immigration is highlighting the evolving nature of that order and its impact on the Triangle.

Signed on Sept. 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued new rules on immigration and non-immigration visas affecting several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Libya, and Syria.

Read the original article

Constituents Rally to Oppose Trump-GOP Tax Bill

December 3, 2017 – Great turnout of constituents to oppose Trump-GOP tax bill at CCB plaza in Durham today. Wonderful speakers who raised serious questions about this tax bill and how it will affect their lives. The Senate version of the tax bill will take healthcare away from an estimated 13 million Americans and will raise premiums for millions of others. It will also make college less affordable.

The event was organized in partnership with North Carolina Grassroots Activist Coalition; Groups include Carolina Peace Center, Together We Will, and Triangle Indivisible Daily Call to Action. Tuesday’s with Tillis Indivisible.

Keep resisting with your voice and with political engagement. Don’t give up and never lose hope. There are many of us across this nation that continue to work tirelessly for America.

URGENT Call to Action: Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military ethnic cleansing operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingya Muslims are being subject to genocide and displacement forcing them to flee Burmese military atrocities committed in Rohingya in Rakhine state.

The refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar are overcrowded, and aid agencies are struggling to supply food and essential items. U.N. agencies warned that children and women are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive-health problems.

U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said that the situation has spiraled into the world’s “fastest developing refugee emergency, and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”

We also call the International community to recognize that Aung San Suu Kyi should not be given any recognition as a political dissident and her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize, for failing to act to stop mass killings and displacements of Rohingya Muslims.

Please call and write and demand the following:

* United States must join China’s call today for a ceasefire in Myanmar’s Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar.

* Demand the Myanmar government put an immediate stop to all military-and-mob-led violence targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority.

* Demand the Myanmar government permit United Nation’s investigators to inspect affected Rohingya areas in Myanmar.

* Ensure that governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh enable the free flow of emergency relief aid to Rohingya Muslims.

Contact information:

* Contact the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [phone: 202-647-2663]

* U.S. Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel [phone: (95)-(1) 536-509]

Please check the link to locate your state representative:

North Carolina:

Congressman David Price

Washington, DC Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.1784

Senator Thom Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Senator Richard Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437


URGENT Call to Action: Saudi-led War in Yemen

Please call your senator and congressman/congresswoman. The humanitarian situation in Yemen is deteriorating and 50,000 children could die from malnutrition and lack of supplies due to conflict.

Call your Rep with this call script for US to Stop Supporting the War in Yemen: Support HConRes81

Hi I am a constituent of Representative _______________ and I am calling to ask [him/her] to support H.Con.Res. 81 to stop U.S. assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Seven million people are facing the threat of famine as the result of our taxpayer dollars supporting a Saudi-led war in Yemen. As your constituent, I urge you to take strong action against American complicity in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We cannot sit by while our government dollars increase suffering in a country devastated by conflict, cholera, and famine.

Please check the link to locate your state representative:

North Carolina:

Congressman David Price

Washington, DC Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.1784

Senator Thom Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Senator Richard Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437


Open Letter to Chancellor Folt

Carol L. Folt
Chancellor of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dear Chancellor Folt,

We would like to request the immediate cancellation of the UNC College Republicans upcoming event at UNC-Chapel Hill at 6 p.m. on November 13, 2017 with headlining speaker Sebastian Gorka, who is a racist and fascist that formerly served as a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump.

In light of the continued rise in hate crimes against minorities in the United States and the Islamophobic rhetoric of the current administration, we believe that it would be patently irresponsible to allow Mr. Gorka to be given a platform to spew his hateful ideologies and racist viewpoints at a higher educational institution such as UNC-Chapel Hill.

To go forward with this event raises serious concerns in regards to campus safety and we worry that Mr. Gorka’s presence might increase the potential risk for violence from the alt-right or other groups, which we’ve seen in other recent incidents in Charlottesville, VA as only one example of many.

Mr. Gorka’s racist views are well-known and readily available online. In a recent interview with the Breitbart News Daily radio show Mr. Gorka was asked to discuss Muslim related issues as a “real” threat to the United States. He said, “It’s this constant, ‘Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem.’ Go to Sinjar. Go to the Middle East, and tell me what the real problem is today. Go to Manchester.”

The first amendment, in no way, stipulates that an educational institution should risk possible violence to students or others by giving a well-known hatemonger an open platform to further marginalize and ostracize minority members of our communities. Further, even though this is an event organized by members of the student body, it is our hope that you will look towards the precedents that have already been set by educational institutions like UC Berkeley who this past September cancelled the student-organized “Free Speech Week”  as it featured Milo Yiannopoulos as its main speaker. Like Gorka, Yiannopoulos engages in hateful rhetoric and holds racist viewpoints that have no place in America.

We ask you to withdraw the invitation to Sebastian Gorka for the UNC-Chapel Hill event on November 13, 2017. We ask your educational institution to show support for minorities and to quiet those voices that seek to sow hatred and discord amongst us all.

It is a privilege for anyone to speak at UNC-Chapel Hill and Sebastian Gorka does not deserve such an opportunity to further spread his message of hate.


Faisal R. Khan
Director, Carolina Peace Center

Other Concerned Citizens of North Carolina


Rise to the Occasion: Civic Engagement and Challenge of Activism

This evening I was honored to speak at North Carolina State University. My aim was to invigorate and motivate students towards the direction of becoming active citizens in politics, advocacy and community organizing.

In the beginning of my presentation I asked all the students to come to the front and stop looking for role models and inspiration from others because the reality is I told them that they are the role models and they are ones who can inspire and lead. I pointed out that all of us can make more of an impact when we stand together, then when we are apart.

At the end I wrapped up with some real and tangible ideas that students can start implementing in their own lives whether it’s visiting a religious center, holding and organizing events that talks about important issues or simply spending time volunteering with other community initiatives.

Education, Activism and Rohingya for Middle Schoolers

October 25, 2017

I was honored today to be invited at the Islamic Center of Raleigh to speak middle school students of Al-Iman school. The talk took place in the praying area. The focus of my talk was on activism with education, awareness and how as young students can get active in civic engagement and political advocacy. Yes, political advocacy too.

The discussion was primarily centered on the plight of Rohingya and what tools of activism and organizing can be used to help them from here. I designed the event to be interactive by frequently asking questions and encouraging youngsters to ask questions as well. I discussed facts and data with slide shows on Rohingya and during that I would pop a question in terms of how they felt and how they can convert that emotion into something constructive and meaningful. My intentions was to allow students to think critically and understand the power of person in terms of how much he or she can make a significant impact in helping the humanity. I emphasized that it was imperative to work and partner with other religious and non religious communities, meaning we are all one cluster of humanity.

I encouraged students to write about what they know and share with their friends and siblings. When I asked them who else, they were quick saying parents. I suggested to them that they should sit down with their parents and share their thoughts and ask them to take them to their elected officials just like they asked their parents to take them for ice cream and movies. I hinted that they can send a pizza with a note to their elected official about their concern on a particular issue and demand an action and a response. I also explained them that they can organize virtual march with their parents’ and teachers’ permission and organize school debates at school about the issues they feel are important to them. I encouraged them to attend interfaith events and they can use that opportunity to talk about some issues with the permission of their teachers. I explained over and over that all their work must be peaceful and nonviolent as it was the best way to do it.

I was very much impressed with some amazing ideas and thoughts and the confidence both girls and boys possessed. I told them not to ever give up and believe in their abilities and be proud of who they are and most important stay united. Later I was interviewed with camera by a middle school lady who asked me few questions about activism work. I was truly impressed the way she spoke with such confidence and without hesitancy. A leader on the rise. I was blessed today to be surrounded by some wonderful kids who I believe are going to make a significant contribution to our country and I have no doubt that they will make America great.

URGENT Call to Action: Emergency Relief for Rohingya 

Apex, North Carolina

An emergency relief event for Rohingya was organized this evening by the North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) at Apex Masjid, North Carolina. The event was divided in there parts. Fundraiser for humanitarian assistance, advocacy and ground reporting of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and camps in Bangladesh.

The local Muslim community of surrounding area came together and raised $77,000 for the emergency relief. I was invited to speak on advocacy and how Carolina Peace Center was advocating for Rohingya with our elected leaders. I emphasized that our voice and effective lobbying can make a difference working with our elected officials and other human rights organizations. A presentation with images and videos was shown for the audience to understand the gravity of crisis by the NABIC Executive Director. I also stressed the fact that raising awareness through our different mediums was imperative especially when media in the US was not giving enough coverage on this genocide.

Over 520,000 Rohingya mostly Muslims have fled Myanmar aka Burma since this past August. Reports of ethnic cleansing, rape, killings of children and burning their villages have been reported. This is a mass scale disaster and a crime against humanity. Rohingya are the most persecuted ethnic group in the world. The world only worries about benefiting from its natural resources and wealth. Sad and tragic state of affairs.

NABIC link:

America Is Stronger When We Are United and Inclusive

This is how we as a community respond to the hate, racism, bigotry and Islamophobia from yesterday. The hateful slur on Zainab billboard has been covered with a beautiful new art work and our community has come together for a brand new day where we’re serving up love and inclusiveness. A million thanks to Anna Podris who did this beautiful art work. Shoulder to shoulder together. Unite America and make it beautiful.

Vigil and Community Prayer for Victims in Las Vegas

Vigil and Community Prayer for Victims in Las Vegas took place earlier this evening in Durham, North Carolina that was organized by Carolina Peace Center. We send our thoughts and prayers to families and loved ones who are grieving.

For too long too many people have died to senseless killings of gun violence in the US. From Charleston to Sandy Hook to road violence we have seen to may lives gone because of gun violence. Enough is enough. Both political parties must come together and pass tougher gun legislation that will protect lives. Faisal Khan, Chuck Tryon, Aaron Wolff, Kaki McKinney, Neal Foster, Shea Ramirez, and Levon Barnes spoke at the event.

It’s time for action and time for Americans to get up and get going and that means to start calling, writing and visiting your elected officials for a better and safer gun laws.

Call to Action: Stand Up for DACA

October 2 – A DACA march and rally to support Dreamers took place earlier today in Raleigh, North Carolina. An amazing turnout to show support for immigrants and DACA recipients.

A march started in downtown Raleigh ending at the Halifax mall. I was honored to speak with other wonderful speakers including the DACA recipients who told emotional personal stories. Jasmine and Sindhoor, two undergraduate students organized the event partnering with ACLU, Carolina Peace Center, NC Dreamers and others. Congressman David Price also came to the rally and spoke to a vibrant chanting crowd.

We as citizens of America must stand up and use our constitutional powers to show support to these people by reaching out to our elected officials and make sure that they support the dream act which will pave the way to permanent residency to some 800,000+ children who are under the DACA program. Immigrants are the backbone of this country and they make significant contributions to sciences, arts, innovation and cultural pursuits. Immigrants play a big part in economy growth. Immigrants do not take paychecks or jobs away from average American as Trump administration claims.

Each of us is an immigrant in this country and to close doors to our brothers and sisters is not only un American but inhumane and disgraceful. Stand up and support DACA.

Call to Action: United for Mexico and Puerto Rico

September 22 – An event organized by the local Mexican community to remember those who passed away in Mexico and Puerto Rico took place this evening in Raleigh, North Carolina. Emotional members of the Mexican community were present holding candles, flags and banners. I was honored to speak in this event with my brothers and sisters. A community that I have close bond. It was an emotional evening. Media was also there to cover this wonderful gathering of solidarity and unity.

A few days ago Mexico was hit hard with an earthquake and Puerto Rico was slammed with hurricane which caused countless deaths and damage to the infrastructure. So far 13 deaths in Puerto Rico have been reported from the hurricane Maria. It may be months before all electricity can be fully restored. If that was not enough, today 70,000 people were told to evacuate who are living near the Guajataca River in northwest Puerto Rico because of “imminent dam break.”

The death toll has risen to 274 from the earthquake in Mexico. Some parts of Mexico City sustained structural damage but no one is shedding light on the indigenous communities of Oaxaca State of Mexico where there is significant damage in small villages and towns. Sadly the government is paying little attention to these communities. The people of Oaxaca speak native Indian Zapateco. The towns and villages that have been affected are Chicapa de Castro, Union Hidalgo, Ixalterpec, Xandy. All these towns are part of the Oaxaca state of Mexico. Communities have not received adequate support from the government and are heavily relying on private donations.

With remembering the deceased, the event was also about the awareness and raising funds that will be sent to Oaxaca towns where people are in dire need of help. A gofundme link will be posted soon so people can easily easily make donations. In the coming weeks Carolina Peace Center will facilitate and organize partnering with the local community to reach out the Mexican government to request that they stretch and increase their humanitarian assistance to Oaxaca state.

Immigrants from Mexico have not only dealt with the recent tragedy of earthquake but are facing discrimination from Trump’s xenophobic policies of increased deportations and terminating DACA program. We the people of North Carolina and country must come together to not only rally and march for them but also reach out to them in any way possible including donations. People of Mexico have played an integral role in building America and its about time that America gives back to them that will have a tangible and meaningful impact.

Prayers were said for the families who lost their loved ones. My Mexican and Puerto Rico community is my family. Mi familia. Nuestro corazón esta con Mexico y Puerto Rico.

Chapel Hill & Carrboro NAACP

A Day Long Gathering To Help Build A Perfect Union

A great event organized by Chapel Hill & Carrboro NAACP at the Peace and Justice Center. I’m honored to speak with some inspiring speakers including Ragging Grannies.
Racism and white supremacy is not only in the statues but also in our institutionalized structures that have been marginalization and subjugating people of color and other minorities for decades and centuries. Including University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was built literally on the shoulders of black people. People need to demolish structures of hate in their hearts and bring down the walls of fear that they have built around them. We must unite and come together standing up and speaking up for all injustices here and abroad or else we will not overcome the problems of today.



The Rohingya Muslims in Burma need your help now!
Please come join us for this rally to raise awareness and pressure on our elected officials to speak out against this tragedy. Also, meet local Rohingya families. Candlelight vigil and prayer.
There are over 40 Rohingya living in Chapel Hill and Durham area. Let’s make them feel welcome and make sure that they know how much we support them and their families back home. Let’s show North Carolina that hate and persecution of innocent is not welcomed and we as people of humanity stand together against Rohingya genocide.
To learn more about this tragedy watch:
About 5000 people have been killed, with increasing death tolls due to lack of food, medicine.
400,000 Rohingya recently have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, making it a total of 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
About 100,000 are trapped in Jungle without food and shelter inside Burma.
Political Action Items:
Support SA 607 to 2018 NDAA – ‘No Military Aid to Burma’ Because of Genocide of Rohingya Muslims –
Email your federal officials and urge them to speak out against this tragedy! (*This is a big deal, as none of them have yet spoken out about this and have shown a hesistancy to do so)
Aid Action Items:
Donate to Mercy Worldwide Trust
Donate to the UN –…/cerf-allocates-us7-million…
Recent developments:
Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh now face land mines –…/c0f80239-b9d9-40d6…
UN appeal for aid for 400,000 Rohinya –…/u-n-seeks-massive-help-for…
“Textbook example of ethnic cleaning” –…/24bf290e-8792-41e9…
Carolina Peace Center (CPC) is an organization that focuses on peaceful and non-violent activism, civic engagement and political advocacy.
CPC works diligently to hold peaceful events that promote a spirit of unity and healing in the face of adversity. We, as an organization seek to cultivate an inclusive dialogue of peace and justice.
People from all ethnicities, color, race, socioeconomic backgrounds, religion and non-religion, sexual orientation and gender identity are encouraged to attend.
In order to insure a peaceful and respectful event we ask all of our attendees to adhere to these strict guidelines:
• No disruptions are allowed. This includes but is not limited to, screaming, shouting or orchestrating any other interruptions.
• There will be no use of musical instruments, bull horns or megaphones to be disruptive
• No banners or signs are allowed to be hanged without organizers approval. Flyers can only be displayed on the table and that is subject to approval
• Any attempt to antagonize or otherwise provoke invited attendees or audience members is not allowed
• Hateful rhetoric or fear-mongering is completely prohibited.
Please Note: CPC has a structured program so there will be no unapproved additions to our program by attendees or audience members

Call to Action: Rally for Rohingya Muslims 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

September 18 – A rally for Rohingya Muslims, organized by Carolina Peace Center, took place at the Peace and Justice Center in Chapel Hill. Somber and heartbreaking stories were told by local Rohingya members of the community who escaped Burma’s atrocities. Abdullah and Hison both Rohingya described their emotional experiences living there and the hardship and misery they went through. Hison’s family is still trapped facing horror of ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State, western part of Burma. David, a wonderful local activist welcomed the Rohingya by thanking them for being part of the community. Media coverage was also present.

A good turnout of local community stood holding candlelight vigils showing support for the Rohingya here and in Burma. As the sunlight decreased, the glow from candles increased which symbolically gave hope in the setting light. However, the tragic stories of rape, murder and genocide of Rohingya extinguished the hopes of many who have witnessed such barbarism. Hope is a verb that can only be said to lift spirit in humans but it can not lift the dead. Rohingya have encountered and continue to face monumental challenges of trauma and death in Burma. Over 397,000 Rohingya have fled the ethnic cleansing of Burma to Bangladesh. Their living conditions in these make shift settlements are abysmal. Sanitation is very poor and there aren’t enough medicines or medical treatment for these people. Starvation is prevalent.

With all the verified and confirmed documentation of genocide taking place, our elected officials remain silent and the world sits still allowing the genocide to continue. Muslim brown and black lives are no value to west and to sell out corrupt so called Muslims in the east. We saw that in Bosnia, Rwanda and now again we are seeing before our eyes another genocide taking place. Rohingya are the most persecuted group in the world.

Politicians who remain quiet will not get my vote. People in my circle who have chosen to look away from this horrible calamity are not my friends. If you care then please stand up and speak up for Rohingya. I have no words except this that people who sit and do nothing are equal to the ones who are doing all the killing.


Rohingya Genocide – Letter to Republican Congressman Ed Royce

September 15 – A letter was sent to congressman Ed Royce (R) of California. In March, Mr. Royce the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman delivered an opening statement at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing entitled “Human Rights of the Rohingya People.” I’m hoping and expecting for a positive response soon. I’m in touch with his office.

**Please see Carolina Peace Center’s Terms & Conditions on the front page. Violation of our terms will result in legal action.

Rohingya Genocide – Letter to Democratic Congressman David Price

September 5 – This afternoon I visited Congressman David Price office to discuss the humanitarian crisis and genocide taking place in Myanmar aka Burma. An official letter from Carolina Peace Center was delivered. We are requesting an immediate relief to Rohingya Muslims and impose sanctions on the current regime. The letter will also be sent to all Congressional and Senate leadership of the US today.

**Please see Carolina Peace Center’s Terms & Conditions on the front page. Violation of our terms will result in legal action.

Call to Action: Unite for a Hate Free America

Cary, North Carolina

On August 20, 2017 – the community came together as ONE, united front for a hate-free America that celebrates diversity and binds us under the same banner of humanity in Cary, North Carolina. CPC Founder Faisal R. Khan felt truly blessed to speak among many wonderful speakers.

The event began with a moment of silence to honor Heather Heyer, who was taken much too early by the same hatred that has become all too common in America. A group of inspiring speakers from different backgrounds and perspectives spoke at the event. Each one shared their own stories and offered words of encouragement in the wake of rising hate and fascist white supremacy.

Candles were lit to honor Charlottesville and Maya Angelo’s poem “Still I rise” was read beautifully by a young lady. Then, the entire audience and speakers recited the poem again in a lovely act of solidarity. Flowers were passed out by children as a gesture of hope for everyone that attended. At the end of the event, two cards of condolences were signed by all of the attendees and will be sent to the Mayor of Charlottesville this week.

The show of love and solidarity was humbling. Everyone in attendance was touched by the simplicity of truth and honesty about peace and justice. CPC Founder Faisal R. Khan shared his own sentiments following the event, “It’s time that we all get involved and stay engaged peacefully and never lose hope in the power of people. Many thanks to all the speakers who committed to this event . Special thanks to Mark Stohlman, Mayor of Morrisville, and Jenny Marshall, who came from distance to speak in this event. She is running for US House. Much gratitude to everyone who is part of the organization and who helped with this event. Shoulder to shoulder together. Stand up and speak out.”

We Shall Overcome: Vigil for Racial Justice and Equality-Durham

Durham, North Carolina

People of all backgrounds and colors came out in droves to stand together in solidarity against the hatred and bigotry that has become all too common in the United States. People from all walks of life, from all socioeconomic backgrounds and from every color that exists in humanity stood together to raise their voices against white supremacy and to publicly denounce the atrocities that took place in Charlottesville, VA yesterday. Community activists from all over the region, including Carolina Peace Center founder Faisal R. Khan who helped organize the event, spoke painful truths and shared worries over an uncertain future with most everyone agreeing that we’re stronger together than apart. A moment of silence was held for Heather Heyer who was killed when a homegrown terrorist rammed his car into the crowd and the two police officers who died in a helicopter crash, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates. Prayers were offered for the victims of the terror attack who are recuperating in the hospital as well as their families.

Stand up and speak out. Shoulder to shoulder.




Rally for Charlottesville – Martin Luther King Garden

Raleigh, North Carolina

August 14, 2017 – Carolina Peace Center founder Faisal R. Khan was honored to speak with some wonderful activists at Martin Luther King Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Great turnout of diversity, the event was held to show solidarity toward the family of Heather Heyer who was killed by a white supremacist terrorist and also injured others. The event represented a united message to stand up against hate and white supremacy.

The main theme of the event was to resist peacefully and nonviolently against bigotry and hate. Khan’s message to the community was to stand up, speak out and also to organize their own community and get involved in the political process. His message to Trump and his administration was that if he wants to build a wall then he must build a wall between the state and the church. “There’s a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty but rest assured that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can overcome the problems that are affecting our lives. People of all faiths and no religion and people of all colors and all backgrounds and all ethnicities shall overcome these challenges as long as we stick together as one united front working together peacefully and nonviolently. That requires a sacrifice of time, leisure and it requires  us to actively engage ourselves with our elected officials and organize our communities. We should always remember that losing hope is not an option. Stand up and speak out. Shoulder to shoulder,” he shared.

Community Protests Litigation Ban Against Center for Civil Rights

Protest litigation ban against Center for Civil Rights
Altha Carvey, UNC professor of geography, speaks in protest of the litigation ban against the Center for Civil Rights.
Protesters gathered on Tuesday outside UNC’s Center for School Leadership Development to voice their disapproval for the proposed UNC Board of Governor’s litigation ban against UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights. The BOG’s education policy committee met in the building Tuesday to decide whether or not they would recommend the ban to the board at large, which they did with a 5-1 vote.

The center was founded by civil rights leader and lawyer Julius Chambers in 2001, and was known for taking on cases such as school segregation and education for clients who couldn’t afford legal representation. It currently employs two lawyers and a director and gives students who study civil rights law hands-on experience. The litigation ban, which the BOG is scheduled to vote on Sept. 8, would prevent the center from taking on new cases and clients.

Altha Cravey, an associate professor of geography at UNC who attended the protest, said that the center serves the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the state and exists for those groups to seek help. She said the litigation ban would prevent the center from serving those communities, and would also hurt UNC from an educational angle.

“Students who come here to go to the law school, some of them select this law school because they want to learn civil rights law,” Cravey said. “Here we’ve got a board member who wants to ban litigation and basically gut that specialization in the UNC law school.”

Steve Long, a tax attorney based in Raleigh, is the BOG member who proposed the litigation ban. Midway through the protest, he passed by to enter the CSLD. Protesters chanted “shame” and “Long is wrong” as Long walked into the building.

If the litigation ban were to pass it would reflect an attempt at undermining academic freedom, various protesters said.

Tim Longest, a student at the UNC School of Law, said he chose UNC’s law school specifically to study civil rights law and encouraged the BOG to reject the proposal in order to continue the University’s legacy of public service.

“The UNC Board of Governors, constitutionally entrusted with our state’s crown jewel, owes its first duty not to the party line in the General Assembly, nor to the privileged few,” Longest said. “It owes its first duty to the people of North Carolina.”

Faisal Khan, a peace activist and community organizer from Morrisville, said no committee or external factor should affect the freedom of education and its ability to assist underprivileged communities.

“If there needs to be a ban, then ban inequality, ban racism, ban Islamophobia, ban xenophobia, ban hate,” Khan said. “There needs to be a ban on groups and institutions that are violating our rights and undermining our freedom.”

Protestors said the proposed litigation ban parallels with the BOG’s closing of the UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity in 2015. Some believed it was an attempt to censor law professor Gene Nichol, who was also the head of the former center and critic of the state legislature.

“This is just one more time when (the BOG) are trying to undercut the University and its real purpose,” Cravey said. “It really makes mad.”

However, Cravey said she still has hope that the BOG won’t vote for the proposal.

“Hopefully there’s people inside there making these votes that are going to think about whether they really want to vote against civil rights,” Cravey said. “That’s a hard vote to take.”

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Rally – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Civil Rights Center

UNC Civil Rights Center

Carolina Peace Center founder Faisal R. Khan was honored to speak at a rally held on August 1, 2017 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Civil Rights Center regarding a proposal that would ban litigation for the minorities by the center. The committee approved the motion today after the rally to send the proposal to the Board of Governors to make the decision next month.

We are becoming a nation of bans. Nation that was founded on the principles of constitution which is to protect individual rights is now under threat at many levels. The civil rights movement that included civil rights litigation that paved the way for African-American community to fight for their rights and equality in this country.

A litigation ban for the civil rights center, which receives no state funding is not acceptable. The Center for Civil Rights provides valuable litigation training to law school students and the capacity to represent poor and minority clients in court.

The ban is a direct insult to the legacy of civil rights attorney Julius Chambers, an African-American whose home, office and car were bombed as he pursued school desegregation cases in the 1960s and 1970s. It has taken on cases involving school segregation, equal education rights and a landfill in a poor community.

Furthermore, the ban is increasingly alarming because it affects the freedom and the integrity of our educational system. Center for civil rights is a unique place which provides quality education for law students and an opportunity for the minorities to receive legal assistance in their struggles to attain justice.

I am asking Anna Nelson, chair of the committee that will meet today to consider a litigation ban for the center Not to approve the ban. It is time that we as a nation come together and say no to bans. Ban the bans. Universities and colleges are places for students to learn and to have the opportunity to expand in their respective fields. No committee or external factors should affect the freedom of education and its ability to assist or help the underprivileged or the communities that are in need of help.

Ban all the bans. If there needs to be a ban then ban inequality, ban racism, ban Islamophobia, ban xenophobia, ban hate, there needs to be a ban on groups and institutions that are violating our rights and undermining our freedom. Ban the entities that are threatening our constitutional rights and civil liberties. I ask everyone to stand up and fight for your civil rights.

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Protests in Triangle as Senate Debates Obamacare “Skinny” Repeal

By Joel Brown of ABC 11

Durham, North Carolina (WTVD) — With Washington still divided on how or whether to repeal Obamacare, protesters took to the streets outside Duke Hospital on Thursday evening.

They chanted, “healthcare for all,” as they marched with signs and donned surgical masks with a message to Washington to vote against the repeal – and instead work on fixing what’s wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

“This is not to say that the Affordable Care Act is at all perfect in its current form, but what could happen could make it much, much worse,” said protest organizer Kelly Garvey.

Among the group was Sarah Whitehall, a life-long asthma patient; and Eunice Chang, a small business owner who is also deaf. They both say they’re concerned about a return to the days before the ACA, when a pre-existing condition made buying health insurance nearly impossible.

“My insurance premiums will go up because I already have a pre-existing condition,” Chang said.

“I take over $1,000 in prescription medications every single month and for the rest of my life to keep it under control,” Whitehall said. “With that pre-existing condition, if I lose my health insurance, I could die.”

The nation’s largest health insurers got off the sidelines of the intense debate – including the lobbying arm of Blue Cross Blue Shields across the country.

They sent a message to senators warning Republicans against repealing the individual mandate, writing, “A system that allows people to purchase coverage only when they need it drives up costs for everyone.”

ABC11 reached out to Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. The state’s largest health insurer has hinted at discontinuing ACA coverage, as the company reports major profit losses on the coverage.

A BCBSNC spokesperson said, “Our intention is to stay in all 100 North Carolina counties for next year.”

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Fun Without Borders

July 22, 2017 – A wonderful Event “Fun Without Borders” was held in Cary, North Carolina. It was organized by Sathya Sai International USA and Carolina Peace Center to invite refugee community children and families to mingle, play games, make crafts, enjoy delicious food and meet locals from the Triangle area. It was a hot day, but the love and camaraderie between us all brought warmth and joy to our hearts.

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European Coverage Ride for Refugees 2017

Amerikanen“This must be the fastest of the fastest fastfood there is,” Andrew says as we stand in front of Hoek’s automatics. Andrew, together with his cycling buddy Joseph, falls from one surprise to another during their short stay in Groningen.

The two young Americans (21) are studying at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and are engaged in a bike ride through Europe to raise money for a refugee project in their hometown. But also to get to know Europe. “Many people in America are afraid of refugees, they think they are all terrorists.”

(Translated from Dutch)
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Nationwide Anti-Mosque Activity

[Updated July 2017]

In the wake of the 2015 attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, anti-Muslim sentiment has spiked. Although these sentiments manifest themselves in many ways, attacks on mosques directly take aim at religious freedom. Existing and proposed mosque sites across the country have been targeted for vandalism and other criminal acts, and there have been efforts to block or deny necessary zoning permits for the construction and expansion of other facilities.

Below is a map highlighting anti-mosque incidents across the country since 2005.


While mosque opponents frequently claim their objections are based on practical considerations such as traffic, parking, and noise levels, those asserted concerns are often pretexts masking anti-Muslim sentiment. Government officials in some areas of the country have yielded to this religious bigotry, treating mosques and Islamic centers differently than other proposed houses of worship and/or denying zoning permits without the compelling interest that is required by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (a federal civil rights law that affords heightened legal protection to the use of property for religious purposes). Even where local governments strongly support religious freedom, private citizens nevertheless often seek to intimidate Muslims into forgoing the exercise of this freedom.

The Constitution guarantees the right of private citizens to protest, and the ACLU would vigorously defend that right if infringed by the government. But making Muslims – or any other religious group – feel unwelcome in local communities conflicts with our Founders’ vision of religious liberty and tolerance. Protests that cross the line into violence and other criminal acts are, of course, not protected by law and are indefensible.

Ride for Refugees NC


ABC11 Coverage

Carolina Peace Center is happy to announce that Ride For Refugees NC was covered today on ABC11. Andrew Arden and Joseph Farley were interviewed from Europe in late hours. Please donate to this noble cause.…

All of the funds being raised will be given to Dorcas Ministries who will use 100% of the donations to assist refugee families in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

Please stay tuned to the CPC Facebook page for LIVE updates, personal blog posts from the cyclists in their own words as well as much more! And please SHARE this post far and wide on your page and within the pages of groups as well.

You can also follow daily updates on the Carolina Peace Center Facebook page. Please like our page.

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CBS North Carolina Coverage

North Carolinian bicyclists Andrew Arden and Joseph Farley were interviewed from Europe in an interview which aired on CBS North Carolina. The trip was facilitated by the Carolina Peace Center and all of the funds being raised will be given to Dorcas Ministries who will use 100% of the donations to assist refugee families in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

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Remembering Nabra and Charleena

Carolina Peace Center held a vigil prayer event today in Cary, North Carolina remembering Nabra and Charleena. The event had amazing women activists who spoke about their personal experiences being Muslim and the challenges they and Muslims in general are facing in the current climate of hate and bigotry.

Powerful and moving speeches remembering Nabra who died earlier this week and was laid to rest few days ago. We also remember Charleena Lyles and her brutal death who was pregnant and was killed in front of her children by the police. It was wonderful to have women voices heard addressing Islamophobia and racism. They also spoke about the importance of communities supporting each other. Muslim contributions to America were highlighted and celebrated. Petitions were also signed by attendees demanding elected officials to hate, Islamophobia and racism. They will be delivered to House and Senate leaders.

We remember Nabra and Charleena and may Allah bless their souls. We must come together and stand up against hate and bigotry. The time is now.

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2018 Voter Strategic Forum

On April 20th, 2017 the Democratic Party Voter 2018 Strategic Forum was held at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ. Organized by the Carolina Peace Center (CPC) in cooperation with the Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action, a panel discussion was held along with an open mic Q & A session with members of the audience. Following the event, CPC founder Faisal R. Khan reflected upon the importance of political involvement in America today, “More people need to participate and get involved.  Younger people, Latinos, and Muslim Americans need to show up and be active participants. Knowing your rights is not enough. We all need to learn to use these rights and that’s when the real change will come.”

Friday Shabbat

CPC founder Faisal R. Khan was honored to be invited to sit on the panel with Rabbi Edery and Latino organizer, Martha Hernandez. The event took place on March 31, 2017 at the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Khan was asked to speak about the challenges the Muslim community is facing and his own personal encounters in the era of Islamophobia. Martha Hernandez, also discussed the problems her community is facing. Mr. Khan expressed his gratitude to Patty Williams who organized this important event by saying, “She is not only a wonderful friend but a great social justice advocate.”

The event began with a beautiful service of traditional prayers. After the prayers, the panel took place ending with a Q&A session. Mr. Khan shed light on the statistics and real facts on hate incidents against Muslims, immigrants and the black community. He emphasized the rising hate related incidents on college campuses and bullying in schools. Another issue he addressed is that Muslims are not living in fear and that they are out and about continuing on with their lives. He ended by saying, “Faith is one big reason that keeps Muslims strong.”

To conclude, guests and worshipers went to break bread and mingle. Many members of the Jewish congregation showed their support to Mr. Khan and Ms. Hernandez with words of encouragement. Mr. Khan summated the event by saying, “We are strong when we stand together and standing together is walking in God’s Light. Shabbat Shalom!”

Dare to Dream Conversation

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Carolina Peace Center (CPC) participated in a conversation and lunch hosted by the Bright Stars of Bethlehem at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, NC. The event started with ‘Reflections’ shared by author and President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem Dr. Mitri Raheb. Representing CPC was founder Faisal R. Khan who added his voice to the conversation on finding hope in the middle of political upheaval and using creative resistance to promote peaceful coexistence. Mr. Khan delivered a thought-provoking speech that touched upon challenges faced by Muslims living in America today. Additional speakers included Rev. Mark Davidson, Pastor – Church of Reconciliation, and Sandra Korn, Jewish Voice for Peace.

Congressman Price Press Release

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Congressman David Price (NC-04) announced that he will host Faisal Khan, a Muslim-American peace activist from Morrisville, at this evening’s address by President Trump to a Joint Session of Congress. Mr. Khan has been a tireless advocate for immigrants and refugees in the Triangle. He has led interfaith dialogue between leaders of diverse communities of faith, work for which he was awarded CAIR’s 2007 Courage Award. Mr. Khan also founded the Carolina Peace Center to advocate for tolerance in North Carolina, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Peace with Justice, an organization that promotes a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine.

“I am pleased to welcome Faisal to Washington,” said Congressman Price. “I have been honored to work closely with him on behalf of refugee and immigrant families in the Fourth District, and I have long admired his advocacy for tolerance and peace. In the face of the President’s continuing attacks on immigrants and refugees, I am particularly pleased to welcome Faisal Khan, a courageous voice for our national values of acceptance and equality.”

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