Chairman Eaves Creates Interfaith Roundtable after Orlando Massacre

INTERFAITH 2INTERFAITH 4Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves held a news conference June 16, 2016 to gather interfaith and multicultural leaders in the wake of the Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead.

The massacre at Pulse , an LGBT nightclub, is the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

“This is a very powerful day to hear from the Islamic community, the Hindu community, the Jewish community, the Christian community and the support for the LGBT community,” said Eaves, who stood introduced more than a dozen leaders from various faiths and organizations. “We recognize that we are all part of the human family.  We want you to know that Fulton County is a leader as a government in terms of embracing the diversity of our community.”

On June 15, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to condemn hate crimes and establish an interfaith/multicultural round table to bring together diverse members of the community and strengthen acceptance and understanding.

“Let the record show that this is a resolution that’s bipartisan in nature,” said Eaves. “It respresents the diversity of our county in terms of black and white, gay and straight.”

Among those who spoke at the news conference were representatives from the US Attorney’s Office, the Al Farooq Masjid, the Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta and Georgia Equality.

“Fulton County has always been committed to equality and embraced people from all walks of life, but we know we can do more to better understand each other,” said Commission Chairman John Eaves.  “Creating a cross-cultural round table is a great next step to help us open our eyes, strengthen our relationships and assure that hate is never part of our vocabulary.”

Here is the video link to the news conference held at Al Farooq Masjid.



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