Wichitans stand in solidarity outside Islamic Center


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Those attending prayer services at the Islamic Society of Wichita building had a surprise awaiting them Friday afternoon.

Several dozen people stood in “solidarity” with one another outside the Islamic center, a move in response to a recent immigration executive order by President Donald Trump.

Supporters called their demonstration “peaceful” and stood holding signs, waving to cars passing by. Several signs read #WeAreAllAmericans.

“These are all my brothers and sisters, what happens with them, happens with me,” reverend Tim Lytle of Unity Church said.

Lytle stood by others holding the tri-colored sign in three different languages, bearing, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

Brittney Schaeffer came in support of her friend who is Muslim. The pair recently had a conversation about the anxieties and fears her friend has felt in recent weeks.

“I think it was special to her just to know that even though we have different beliefs, different religion, that we can stand together with love and acceptance,” Schaeffer said.

Many cars turning into the Islamic center were surprised to see people standing outside their building.

“When they see the signs and read it and stuff, it makes them feel better about coming in and everything and that there’s people there that support them instead of all the negative feelings all the time,” Hussam Madi, spokesperson for the Islamic Society of Wichita said.

Madi said Wichita as a whole, including residents and officials have always been supportive of the Muslim community. When a situation arises that is not in support of them, they simply chalk it up to a lack of communication.

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