Responding to the Fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti

Last night there was a fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti. The fire is under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and there is a reward for information about the fire.

At this time, very little is known about the fire, but in the climate of increased attacks against religious minorities, including a recent bomb threat against the Hebrew Day School in Ann Arbor, many in our community are feeling scared and vulnerable.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Support Rebuilding: Our Contacts with the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor (which is not directly affiliated with the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti) have informed us that a crowdfunding campaign is available at https://www.launchgood.com/project/rebuild_islamic_center_of_ypsilanti.
  • Attend the Open House at the Plymouth Road Mosque: The Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting an open house on March 19 from 4:30-8:30pm at 2301 Plymouth Rd.
  • Learn About Islam and Religious Diversity: Consider attending an Islam 101 class by the Muslim Community Association, or contact info@icpj.org to find out about hosting a speaker about Islam or on other themes of religous inclusion.
  • Attend a Bystander Intervention Training: Most aggressions against vulnerable populations are smaller-scale: hassling on the bus, an off-handed comment at the water cooler, or exclusion from cultural depictions. Learn the skills to stand up and intervene to keep people safe and promote inclusion. We have upcoming trainings in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. We have more in the pipeline, and our trainers are available for community, religious, professional, or other groups as well. Email Jane Pacheco at jane@icpj.org for details.

As more information becomes available we will post it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/icpja2