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Allentown marchers show solidarity with Muslims, minorities
by Michelle Merlin
Muslims and non-Muslims alike donned head coverings Friday in Allentown as a show of solidarity and unity in the face of intolerance voiced during the election.
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and others rallied in the city's downtown for Hijab Solidarity Day, an event to signal that Lehigh Valley residents welcome immigrants and minorities and reject the anti-immigration, Islamophobic rhetoric they said they heard from President Donald Trump and others over the last few months. Many held signs written in English, Spanish and Arabic or with slogans reading "love wins."
"We got together and started to think about how would we respond to [Trump's] calls for the Muslim registry, and his commitment to building a wall, and how would we ... speak our values out loud," said Jude-Laure Denis, executive director of POWER (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) Northeast. "We are a welcoming community, we are a community committed to understanding immigrants are part of the fiber of this country and make this country great."
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