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Ossining Village Board Passes Resolution Against Islamophobia

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OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Village Board took a stand against discrimination toward Muslims at a Dec. 7 board meeting.

The board unanimously approved a resolution condemning violence and hate speech and expressing solidarity with those targeted for their ethnicity, race, and religion.

"We are saddened and outraged at the recent escalation of hateful rhetoric against Muslims, those perceived to be Muslims, other immigrant residents, and all people of color," the resolution read. "We are particularly concerned to see political figures and elected government officials leading this escalation and using it for personal gain."

The village board said they had a special obligation to not stay silent in the face of hate, violence, and discrimination against constituents.

"We hereby categorically reject political tactics that use fear to manipulate voters or to gain power or influence," the resolution read.

Trustee John Codman initially brought the resolution to the board's attention and said Ossining  is a village of many people.

"It's sad that we even have to do this," Codman said. "Our most recent election cycle brought forth some very sad things. I believe we need to restate and really re-engage the notion that we live in a society that's free from violence against those who want to freely have their own beliefs and do good work."

A similar resolution was proposed by an interfaith group of clergy in Croton-on-Hudson.

In response, the Croton Village Board released a statement condemning any acts of discrimination and violence against any national origin, race, gender, sex, religion, disability or political viewpoint. The board declined to single out Muslims, with board members not wanting to single out a particular group.

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