At Thursday’s event, Rima Shahid, executive director of Women4Change, mentioned both the tragedy in Christchurch and the Feb. 16 road rage murder of Mustafa Ayoubi in the 3900 block of Wind Drift Drive East.
“I am bone-weary of lament, tired of lamenting. I long to raise my voice in thanksgiving for a just law that will help save lives, save the lives and insure the dignity of our fellow Hoosiers,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Indianapolis Episcopal Diocese.
Philips joined representatives from Indiana Recovery Alliance, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and Women4Change and dozens of activists to lobby lawmakers to adopt a public health approach to the epidemic.
“Had my family and my son, and the countless other Hoosiers, been provided a clear and easy system to navigate the complex journey of treatment and recovery, we’d have more stories of sobriety and recovery than we do of overdose and lives lost,” says Phillips.
“We are all devastated,” said Faryal Khatri, board member of Muslim Alliance of Indiana.Khatri was heartbroken going to afternoon prayers on Friday. She was worshiping just like dozens of others in New Zealand before 49 people were gunned down.
The lack of a hate crime charge has led human rights groups around the state to organize protests and vigils. People attended a separate candlelight vigil for Ayoubi on March 1 in Indianapolis organized by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.
“A young, vibrant, loving and intelligent Hoosier is no longer with us,” said Aliya Amin with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “No community should have to mourn, looking over the shoulders for fear of hate.”
“We applaud Gov. Holcomb for his continued leadership on this issue, and for his commitment to ensuring that Indiana gets its bias crimes law right.”
Indianapolis officials on Tuesday announced new funding for a program that helps people who are homeless find and maintain permanent housing.
She asked people to use the social media hashtag #Justice4Mustafa. She is supported by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national organization who sent a representative to Indianapolis just for this criminal case.