Illinois State Representative Yehiel “Mark” Kalish, the Orthodox Union and other Faith Leaders Call For Additional Security Funding for Places of Worship Targeted by Hate Attacks
SKOKIE, Ill. – In an effort to combat the recent violence that has targeted places of worship, state Rep. Yehiel “Mark” Kalish, D-Chicago, joined local faith leaders to demand additional funding for religious institutions that have become targets of hate.
“We cannot accept the heinous attacks on religious institutions as the new status quo,” Kalish said. “All religious communities are stronger when we stand together united against hate. Our country was founded on freedom from religious oppression and persecution and we must take every step possible to protect people who simply want to practice their religion in peace.”
Kalish joined local faith leaders including, Habeeb Quadri of the Muslim Community Center; Rev. Awiquam Pithyou of Saint Odisho Church; Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of Midwest; Rabbi Phil Karesh, Midwest Regional Director of Orthodox Union Community and Synagogue Services; Father Antwan Latchen of the Assyrian Church of the East and other local faith leaders to stand in solidarity against the unconscionable attacks that have devastated religious communities throughout the nation.
Additionally, the group voiced their support for legislation that Kalish is sponsoring, House Bill 3021, that would provide $30 million in funds to help places of worship make security improvements aimed at preventing and preparing for the heinous attacks that have devastated communities throughout the nation.