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Students Collect Love Letters to Counter Islamophobia
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Following threatening messages received by several mosques in California, a group of college students say they have a plan to counter anti-Muslim sentiment: through love letters.
"My friends and I have done interfaith work in Southern California for quite some time now, and we found this attack on our community to be a direct attack on us and the integrity of our work," Tahil Sharma, a coordinator at AMP Global Youth who conceived the project with Vanessa Oceguera and Mariela Martinez, told NBC News. "We come from different backgrounds ourselves. We are all millennials. I am Hindu and Sikh; my colleagues are atheist and Christian."
In just a few weeks, the students said they have collected nearly 200 letters of solidarity and support for the Muslim-American community from across Southern California, as well as from places as distant as New York, Mexico, Canada, Morocco, and South Korea.
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