March 8, 2019 -- Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan (Woodbury), who represents areas of the North Shore School District, joined an interfaith coalition of community activists, religious leaders and elected officials at the Islamic Center of Long Island on Tuesday, March 5 to denounce Islamophobia and all forms of bias in our society.
The Islamic Center’s press conference was held in the aftermath of an incident in which a poster falsely linking freshman U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to the House of Representatives, to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was displayed outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber.
“I am not so naive as to believe that we can change the hearts and minds of people in the country at large, but I will be both emphatic and unapologetic in demanding that we aim to change the dispositions of our neighbors in our world, right here on Long Island,” Legislator Lafazan said. “In the wake of this heinous development, I feel we again have two divergent paths to choose from- to ignore, or to engage. My friends, I will always choose the latter.”