PALOS, IL—(ENEWSPF)—August 11, 2017. Palos Township residents and others will rally against racism and hate speech on Monday, August 14th, in response to current Trustee Sharon Brannigan’s hate speech attacking the growing population of Arabs and Muslims in the southwest suburbs, and more recently, Middle Eastern students. The rally will take place at the Palos Township office, 10802 South Roberts road in Palos Hills beginning at 6 p.m.
At the last Palos Township general meeting on July 10th, The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, along with local organizations, mobilized hundreds of community members, residents, and supporters to protest Brannigan, calling for her immediate resignation.
Since the last meeting, TAKE ON HATE launched a petition, which has gathered close to 800 signatures.
Pressure from the community, and from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, has already forced Brannigan to resign from her post on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues.
“Clearly, the combination of pressure from the community, along with Preckwinkle’s call for Brannigan to step down, resulted in her decision to resign,” said Bassem Kawar, Advocacy Specialist for The Campaign To TAKE ON HATE. “We are committed to organizing and continuing to apply pressure on Brannigan and the Palos Township until she resigns as a trustee as well.”
An ad hoc community coalition and allies are mobilizing for the rally at 6 p.m., and also encouraging all residents to attend the Palos Township general meeting at 7 p.m., where the coalition members’ testimonies and concerns will be voiced again.
Organized by The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE – Chicago, AMVOTE PAC, Arab American Action Network, Arab American Democratic Club, Arab American Family Services, Kiswani Law, P.C., Law Offices of Reema Odeh, and other community members and activists.
Source: TAKE ON HATE