Reza Nekumanesh, Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, stated “Policies driven by hatred and fear are destructive to families and this nation as a whole. We pray that lawmakers and citizens work to eradicate ignorance, for it gets in the way of our ability to be productive together.”
“The passion, expertise and focus that Dr. Nadine will bring to this critical body of work will bring the necessary attention and light to propel forward our collective work to address and end disparities in our communities,” said Pastor Trena Turner, executive director, Faith in the Valley.
“We cannot stop ICE from doing what they do,” said Curtis Smith, a local pastor and community organizer, as he warned the volunteers not to interfere with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “But we can offer support so that people know they can count on their community to show up in their time of need.” The “rapid response” training program was one of a half-dozen being carried out this fall by Faith in the Valley.