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Virtual Townhall for Meaningful Action | Interfaith Response to the Murder of George Floyd

Dear Friends,

As many of you know through our Facebook, CAIR Pittsburgh in collaboration with CAIR Philadelphia and POWER have launched an “Interfaith Response to the Murder of George Floyd | Letter of Solidarity and Commitment to Action.” 

When we (Tahija Vikalo, David Tatgenhurst, Jacob Bender, Timothy Welbeck, Christine Mohamed, Simcha Zevit and Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu), as a group of interfaith activists, met to draft it, we had hoped for a strong response. 

The outcome is truly exceptional and speaks to our collective need to take meaningful action in these difficult times. (Please see the final list here:

For those of you who signed, we thank you and look forward to seeing you tonight, through the private link sent to the email used to sign the petition. 

Our Townhall in partnership with POWER: On Monday, June 8, at 7:00 pm -will mark two weeks after the murder of George Floyd – we will come together in a virtual townhall to listen from activists on the frontlines of criminal justice / police accountability / anti-racism work. 

State-wide politicians and media have been invited to this forum to listen to our collective voices. We will livestream the meeting on POWER’s Facebook page: This link is open to the public and we hope you will share and plan on joining us. 

Topic: Virtual Townhall for Meaningful Action | Interfaith Response to the Murder of George Floyd

Time: Jun 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Tammy Thompson (Circles Greater Pittsburgh), 

Tim Stevens (Activist, the Black Political Empowerment Project), 

Iftekhar Hussain (Amana Foundation), 

Rabbi Elyse Wechterman (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association), 

Rev. Nick Taliaferro (West Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church), 

Pastor David Tatgenhurst (Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church), 

Timothy Welbeck (Attorney, Temple University and CAIR-Philadelphia), 

Hanan Seid (spoken word artist). 

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