On August 20, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, a multifaith prayer service, which included a call for public action to eradicate racism and all forms of bigotry from public life, was held in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville.
Attending the service were members of PACT – People Acting in Community Together, as well as Father Jon Pedigo, Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, NAACP, PACT, America Muslim Voice, Jewish Community Relations Council, Islamic Network Group, Catholic Charities Santa Clara County, Faith Leaders from America Leadership Forum and throughout Santa Clara County, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia, and other public officials from Santa Clara County.
Faith leaders are deeply concerned that the political climate is toxic and that they can no longer remain quiet about what is happening not only in Charlottesville, but here in Silicon Valley.
Among the religious groups gathering together, the common belief is that human dignity is not defined by nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, physical or mental ability, class, or level of education. As people of faith, they believe all people are created equal.
The event showed the communities’ commitment to working together in partnership with public officials to build a community where all are welcome.