PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, MD – The Bowie Interfaith Coalition, Bowie State University and other local leaders will come together with the Bowie community to promote peace and unite against hateful speech and actions during rally for peace event on Sunday. The rally will take place at the Robert V. Setera Amphitheater in Allen Pond Park at 4 p.m.
Attendees at the event include community representatives from Bowie State University, which recently withstood two bomb threats as part of the largest nationwide wave ever targeting Black and African colleges and universities. other schools; local elected officials; civic leaders; and the clergy.
Multiple incidents inspired event organizers to stage the rally. In addition to the campus bomb threats, a few residential areas of the city were the scene of anti-Semitic fliers. The event will also be an opportunity for Bowie to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
Rabbi Stephen Weisman of Temple Solel in Bowie will host the event and is one of its organizers. He spoke of the importance of coming together:
“In my 22 years in this community, I have been amazed that the residents of Bowie have come together to support each other whenever there was a need. That is one of the unique and wonderful of life in this city After speaking out against needless black deaths in our country, and when hate speech was directed at our Asian neighbors nationwide, we now find ourselves in need of support each other in our own community after recent events here and in neighboring communities,” Weisman said. “While the need saddens me, I am grateful to be part of this community-wide response, proud to show solidarity and support as a city and a dress, as faith communities and the entire Bowie community come together to once again demonstrate our city’s strength and resolve when others seek to doom us. ivise or harm us.”