Mayor Jorge Elorza joined members of the Muslim-American community to sign an executive order creating the Muslim-American Advisory Board as part of an ongoing One Providence initiative aimed at protecting and serving every resident of the city regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, or disability.
“Providence and the State of Rhode Island were founded on the principles of religious liberty and tolerance,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Today and every day, we uphold those principles by telling our community that no one gets left out, not a single resident gets left behind. This advisory board will work to ensure that the voices and concerns of our Muslim-American community are heard and that they are at the table with us every step of the way.”
According the FBI, hate crimes nationally have increased against Muslim-Americans by 67% since 2014. Recent data suggests that these numbers have risen since the election. These issues impact our nation, our state and city directly. The Muslim-American Advisory Board will be charged with:
• Creating a system that better serves and empowers the Muslim-American community in Providence
• Help guide Mayor Elorza’s policy decisions that affect Muslim-Americans in Providence by reviewing and discussing issues that directly and indirectly affect this community
• Enhance the understanding of the religion of Islam by encouraging dialogue and promoting mutual understanding amongst religions