PANA Statement on Mosque Shootings in Christchurch, NZ


March 15, 2019

Contact: Ramla Sahid 619.265.6611

We stand with the families of the victims and the Christchurch Muslim Community

SAN DIEGO – At the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - PANA, we’re heartbroken to hear the news of lives lost at the hands of white supremacy in New Zealand during Friday prayers on March 15th. PANA stands with the Christchurch Muslim community and our Kiwi friends in their time of mourning and pledge our support. We encourage members of our community and followers to support the families and victims of the New Zealand Mosque shootings by Clicking here.

“No one should be afraid of entering their house of worship or practicing their religion. Unfortunately, for too many of us that has become a reality. Hate speech and hate crimes have risen in the last few years, as bigots grew emboldened by the visceral Islamophobia espoused by the Trump administration. Now is the time for San Diegans to rally around their Muslim friends, neighbors, and loved ones and show their support. We can and we must do better.” Ramla Sahid, Executive Director.

Government officials and our local lawmakers should strongly condemn white nationalist violence in all its forms. No one should fear for their safety when attending their house of worship. Call on your lawmakers today and demand that they condemn hate in all its forms including standing up in opposition of the Muslim Ban.


  • Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego
    333 F St., Suite A, Chula Vista, 91910 Local office: (619) 422-5963 Washington office: (202) 225-8045

  • Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego
    4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, 92122 Local office: (858) 455-5550
    Washington office: (202) 225-0508

  • Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego
    2700 Adams Ave., Suite 102, San Diego, 92116 Local office: (619) 280-5353
    Washington office: (202) 225-2040

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans — PANA

4089 Fairmount Ave, City Heights, CA 92105 Tel: (619) 732-6793

We also call on every San Diegan to demonstrate acts of solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, co-workers, and friends today. PANA will be attending a press conference at the Islamic Center of San Diego 7050 Eckstrom Ave, San Diego, CA 92111 on Friday March 15th at 3:00pm. Those who would like to show support during Jumma Prayer should arrive at 1:30pm.


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