Statement of Solidarity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1st, 2017


Julia Nerbonne, [email protected], 612 810 1577

Muhammad Jiwa, [email protected], 763 657 9773


MNIPL Statement On Executive Action Targeting Muslims

MINNEAPOLIS -- In response to the executive order targeting Muslims, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light issues the following statement of solidarity with the Muslim community.

“What is the promise of the United States? At MNIPL, we see the promise of our country in the call to prayer broadcast over the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis; in young people leading the way on climate action; in coalitions coming together at the intersections of the issues we face to tell a new story. We see promise of our country in the faces of the people of every religious tradition working together.

That is why we condemn the executive order that threatens the very beauty and promise of our country and our values, by targeting and banning Muslims from Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, and Yemen. Our hearts break with the individuals and families already hurt by this ban, and we recommit ourselves to deep solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all people who face discrimination and deportation under the Trump administration.

The moment we find ourselves in is not normal; it is nothing less than a full assault on the very core of our democracy. We are cultivating a culture and a narrative of intersectional resistance and resilience. This is how we are called to respond in this moment: to continue to build solutions and solidarity at the intersections of economic, racial, and climate justice.

Our country’s strength is in its diversity; in the refugees making their home here; immigrant families weaving the richness of their traditions into the tapestry of our country's story: one where truly all are welcome.”  

About Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light: MNIPL works in partnership with faith communities to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis. Since our founding in 2004, we have mobilized religious support for landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, educated hundreds of thousands of congregants, and worked with every major religious denomination in the state.