L.A.’s melting pot is defying Trump’s specialty: to provoke and divide

Los Angeles Times – Feb 2017

L.A.’s melting pot is defying Trump’s specialty: to provoke and divide

Steve Lopez Contact Reporter

I’d never been to the Islamic Center of Southern California, on Vermont Avenue in Koreatown, so call me naive. But I didn’t expect to hear a conversation in Spanish, or see so many Latinos, African Americans and Caucasians at the mosque and cultural center.

“When you come on our main day, Friday service, it’s filled with people, and you don’t see two people from the same country in any row,” said Asim Buyuksoy, religious director and Turkish immigrant. “It is the color of the rainbow, with people from Africa, Europe, Asia, South Asia. All are coming here to worship one God in the same sense as Christians and Jews.”

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LA activists unite with the Muslim community in fight against Trump’s refugee ban

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On a bustling retail strip in Koreatown, a fellowship of Los Angeles activists declared their solidarity Friday with the Muslim community, which has suffered the brunt of Trump administration policies that ban refugees and immigrants from seven countries where the majority of the population follow the Islamic faith.

The rally near the Islamic Center of Southern California included representatives of groups known for advocating for their respective communities – whether it be Hispanic, Jewish, Bangladeshi, Korean or other affinities – but have long supported each other behind the scenes.

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