AG, lawmakers stand against hate after New Zealand mosque shooting

    Islamic Center of America, Dearborn | Wikimedia Commons

    Elected officials and faith leaders spoke out against anti-Muslim hate crimes on Sunday at the state’s largest mosque in Dearborn.

    Dana Nessel

    Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke at the Islamic Center of America following a New Zealand terror attack, which left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday.

    Other speakers were: New Attorney General Hate Crime Unit Director Sunita Doddamani; state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn); and U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).

    Roughly 2,500 people gathered for the event, the Detroit News reported. Dingell, Lawrence, Hammoud, Nessel and others spoke about the need for unity and standing against hate crimes.

    Nessel previously announced her intention to form a state hate crime unit within her office after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report showing 31 active hate groups in Michigan, as the Michigan Advance reported.

    Michael Gerstein
    Michael Gerstein covers the governor’s office, criminal justice and the environment. Before that, he wrote about state government and politics for the Detroit News, the Associated Press and MIRS News and won a Society of Professional Journalism award for open government reporting. He studied philosophy at Michigan State University, where he wrote for both The State News and Capital News Service. He began his journalism career freelancing for The Sturgis Journal, his hometown paper.


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