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New Zealand Mosque Shooting

The “well-planned” New Zealand attack targeted mosques during Salatul Jummah, the mid-day Friday congregational prayer held weekly at all Islamic places of worship worldwide. This is the time of highest weekly attendance. Friday prayers will be held across the U.S. today.

These experts can inform your reporting on how U.S. Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities are experiencing the tragedy and how they have dealt with attacks at places of worship in the United States.

Farhana Khera is the Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, where she works to maintain and protect civil liberties and Muslim rights in the wake of governmental counter-terrorism efforts.
Deepa Iyer is an expert on hate violence, profiling, and the intersections between immigration and national security policy as they relate to the Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian community.
Qasim Rashid is an international Human rights attorney who has published on white supremacy and extremism. He is a high profile voice on social media.

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Tommy Hensel

Director of Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College
Chicago, IL
Tommy leads “Mosaics: Muslim Voices In America,” a two-year project focusing on exploring the diverse artistic voices of Muslims in the United States.

Tommy Hensel has been the Managing Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL (a southwestern suburb of Chicago) since 2008. He is currently the project director for “Mosaics: Muslim Voices In America,” a two-year grant funded project focusing on the exploration of the diverse artistic voices of Muslims in the United States of America.

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