Members of the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville have joined forces to call attention to the murders of Shaima Alawadi and Trayvon Martin in their community.

The groups are asking school mates and community members to attend a rally on Thursday wearing black hoodies and black scarfs.

“This is a rally in solidarity for both Trayvon and Shaima,” Amarra Ghani, president of the MSA says in a YouTube promoting the rally. “Your headgear should not be a threat.”

“This is not a weapon of mass destruction,” Ghani says in the video as she points to the hijab around her head.

Below UNC - Asheville’s BSA and MSA offers background on the gruesome killings:

Recently, Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi have uncovered this by suffering tragic results.

Trayvon Martin, a young black 17-year old male in Florida was wearing a hood walking out of an all white neighbourhood when he was shot by George Zimmerman in cold blood. His choice of weapon: Skittles and a can of ice-tea

Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year old Iraqi mother of 5 in California was brutally beaten inside of her home with a iron tire, alongside her unconscious body read a note from the perpetrator that said, “go back to your own country”

These are just two cases out of thousands, we are a part of the generation that needs to make a difference.

If you’re near Asheville the students are hosting a rally Thursday, March 29th, at 12:30pm on the “the quad” at UNC-Asheville. For more details visit their Facebook event page.



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