Mayor Elorza Announced Creation of the Muslim-American Advisory Board

 Mayor Elorza Announced Creation of the Muslim-American Advisory Board

Mayor Signed an Executive Order Creating Advisory Board, Announced Call for Members
PROVIDENCE, RI -Mayor Jorge Elorza joined members of the Muslim-American community
to sign an executive order creating the Muslim-American Advisory Board as part of an
ongoing One Providence initiative aimed at protecting and serving every resident of
the city regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual
orientation, political affiliation, religion, or disability.

«Providence and the State of Rhode Island were founded on the principles of
religious liberty and tolerance,» said Mayor Jorge Elorza. «Today and every day, we
uphold those principles by telling our community that no one gets left out, not a
single resident gets left behind. This advisory board will work to ensure that the
voices and concerns of our Muslim-American community are heard and that they are at
the table with us every step of the way.»

According the FBI, hate crimes nationally have increased against Muslim-Americans by
67% since 2014. Recent data suggests that these numbers have risen since the
election. These issues impact our nation, our state and city directly. The
Muslim-American Advisory Board will be charged with:

* Creating a system that better serves and empowers the Muslim-American
community in Providence

* Help guide Mayor Elorza’s policy decisions that affect Muslim-Americans in
Providence by reviewing and discussing issues that directly and indirectly affect
this community

* Enhance the understanding of the religion of Islam by encouraging
dialogue and promoting mutual understanding amongst religions

Those interested in applying for one of the five (5) positions on the advisory board
should send a cover letter expressing interest and experience as well as a copy of
their resume to for review.