Minnesota Senate POCI Caucus Statement on International Day to Combat Islamophobia

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, on March 15 – we observe International Day to Combat Islamophobia, which was established after the Christchurch, New Zealand Mosque attacks in which fifty-one Muslim worshippers were murdered in 2019. Heightened geopolitical tensions have exacerbated anti-Muslim sentiments, resulting in a surge of hate crimes targeting Muslims and those perceived as such. This escalation of Islamophobia in our public discourse is fueled by misinformation, stereotypes, and political rhetoric that demonizes Islam and its followers.  

In observance, members of the Minnesota Senate People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statement: 

“Today, we highlight the plight of Minnesotans who face harassment, discrimination, violence, or even death due to their identification with, practice of, conversion to Islam, or mere perception as Muslim. As dedicated public servants, we firmly support International Day to Combat Islamophobia, recognizing the urgent need to address prejudice and discrimination against our Muslim communities. Islamophobia not only undermines the fundamental principles of equality and tolerance but also threatens the fabric of our diverse societies. We must remain united in condemning all forms of hatred and bigotry, fostering mutual respect, understanding, and dialogue among communities. Through concerted efforts and solidarity, we can build a state where every individual, regardless of their faith, can live free from fear and discrimination.” 

The members of the Senate POCI Caucus are Senator Mary Kunesh (Chair), Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, Senator Omar Fateh, Senator Foung Hawj, Senator Alice Mann, Senator Erin Maye Quade, Senator Zaynab Mohamed, Senator Susan Pha, Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten, and Senator Tou Xiong.  

The People of Color and Indigenous Caucus is compromised of Senate Legislators.