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Coming Up on Connections: Friday, December 4th

First hour: Confronting Islamophobia after the San Bernardino shooting

Second hour: Reshaping Rochester Awards

Just three weeks after the attacks in Paris, a husband and wife killed 14 people and wounded at least 17 at a holiday party for staff at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Authorities have learned the woman pledged her allegiance to ISIS.

In Rochester, the local interfaith and Islamic communities had previously scheduled a peace rally for December 4, but decided to postpone it after the shooting. Organizers say the wounds are too fresh, it is too sensitive of a time, and they are concerned about safety. 

Our panelists share their thoughts on Islamophobia, ISIS, and how the local Islamic community is reacting to the shooting.

  • Irshad Altheimer, associate professor and faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Hibah Arshad, University of Rochester freshman and former president of the Islamic Center’s Muslim Youth Group
  • Fatima Bawany, University of Rochester senior majoring in biology and religion
  • Sareer Fazili, president of the Islamic Center of Rochester

In our second hour, we talk to organizers and winners of the Reshaping Rochester Awards, which recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community. Our guests:

  • Maureen "Mo" Duggan, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR)
  • Paul Kramer, winner of the Reshaping Rochester Directors' Award for his renovation of the Flatiron Building in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts
  • Mike Governale, recipient of the Honorable Mention Award and founder of Reconnect Rochester

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
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