September 21, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn (720-381-1096) or 

Every year, the United Nations marks the International Day of Peace on September 21st by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters in New York City. Japan gave the Peace Bell to the UN in 1954, declaring that it was meant to be “a reminder of the human cost of war.”

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi notes that,   "Today, more than ever, we in the United States need to mark this day of peace — and more importantly, act on it. Not only are there seemingly endless wars in the world, some of which involve our country, but our nation itself is torn by conflict and division, as the forces of racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry have broken out of the societal fringes and are today tearing communities apart."

Millions of Americans have lost the ability to relate and talk peacefully with fellow citizens about their — often admittedly profound — differences and have fallen into the habit of hurling epithets at each other rather than engaging in rational efforts at mutual understanding and persuasion. Indeed, there are probably few of us who have not taken on such antagonistic attitudes, at least internally.

Continue reading this statement at the ING blog .

ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn
720-381-1096 (m) |

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi
408-393-8202 (m) |

About ING
Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism. Founded in 1993, ING reaches millions of individuals and hundreds of groups a year at the grassroots level by building relationships, understanding, and peaceful communities of all types and backgrounds through programs that include: 1) thousands of presentations, training seminars, workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs, through a nationwide network of affiliates and partners; 2) social media campaigns that promote cultural awareness and best practices for bringing diverse Americans together to get to know and learn from one another; and 3) online curriculum on topics related to cultural awareness and building bridges available to educators and community organizations.