Hands Around the Mosque Celebrates Unity, Denounces Division
Story and photos by Melissa McKenzie
Standing, arms outstretched and hands clasped with their neighbor’s, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and pagans surrounded Santa Clara’s Muslim Community Association (MCA building for Hands Around the Mosque, an interfaith showing of solidarity in support of American Muslims on March 19.
They dressed in Roman collars, robes, yarmulkes and hijabs, wearing cross pendants and, in some cases, the bright pink caps associated with the recent Women’s March. Many held handmade signs of support. It was as much about coming together to support each other as it was a resistance in response to the current administration and its policies against immigrants, refugees and Muslims.
“[We] are standing in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Father Jon Pedigo, a priest representing the Diocese of San Jose. “We stand with them because an attack on one is an attack against all.”
Pedigo’s sentiment was stressed repeatedly throughout the three-hour event, which included an open view of the Muslim evening prayer and approximately 20 speakers.
“An attack on one community of faith,” said Jonathan Prosnit, associate rabbi of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, “is an attack on all communities of faith, and a country that targets Muslims one day, targets Jews the next ... We will hold hands around any mosque, around any temple, around any church, around any synagogue ...This is a moment for our kids and our grandkids. Let’s join together to make this country more perfect in healing this fractured world...”
Chargers Baseball Steals Walk-off Victory From Mustangs
By Andrew Bensch
Friday afternoon’s tilt between the Wilcox Chargers and Homestead Mustangs was all about quickness. The Chargers ended up 4-3 walk-off winners in an eight-inning game that lasted less than two hours. Wilcox base stealers led the way, going six-for-seven on steals. The only Wilcox runner to get caught stealing was eventual walk-off hero Paul Rosa who could have easily been called safe sliding into second base in the fourth...