In the context of a wave of renewed anti-Islam sentiment in the country — exemplified by one presidential candidate's call to ban Muslims from entering — a group is forming on Penn's campus to stand up against discrimination.
On Monday a group of Penn students held a "solidarity luncheon" as the inaugural meeting for the new group Students Against Islamophobia and Discrimination. The group outlined its goals and called for minority groups to partner in the fight against prejudice.
They read a statement regarding Islamophobia, coauthored by 5B and the Penn Association for Gender Equity, and introduced their plan to combat Islamophobia on campus and in Philadelphia. SAID aims to facilitate dialogue, create programs and speak out against Islamophobia, according to the letter.