As-salamu ‘alaikum,

We hope that this email finds you and your family members in the best of health.

On May 25th, George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while Mr. Floyd was handcuffed on the ground, crying that he couldn’t breathe and pleading for help. This incident has left us Americans, and many others all around the world, both shocked and outraged at the level of injustice that can be perpetrated in our country because of deeply-rooted systemic racism.

This incident has not only touched our lives, but it has also touched the lives of our students.  Pillars is, therefore, hosting a Program titled: Pillars – We Cannot Be Silent! on the Pillars YouTube channel today at 2 pm.  We are honored to have Ms. Rania Riad as our guest speaker for the program.  Ms. Riad is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society who is currently working as a public defender in the Manhattan Trial Office.  For the past six years, she has been defending indigent clients in the New York Criminal and Supreme Court.  Ms. Riad will be giving us a historical account of racism in America and a history of the Black Lives Matter movement.  She will also shed light on the case of George Floyd and the righteous rage that it has brought about in communities throughout America.  Time is allotted in the program to answer the questions of Pillars students and audience members at large.

We hope that you will take the time to join us for this educational program at 2 pm today, in-sha’ Allah.  On what is being observed as the Day of Outrage by many Muslim communities and organizations, it is our hope that we can educate ourselves and our children to transform any feelings of anger, hopelessness or despair into righteous actions that will change things for all people, especially our African-American brothers and sisters, for the better in the future, in-sha’ Allah.

Best regards was-salamu ‘alaikum,

Abir Catovic – Principal