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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Quran Burning Day and Unity Day USA

A PURPOSEFUL EVENT : 10TH ANNUAL UNITY DAY USA

It is a purposeful event to bring Americans of different faiths, races, ethnicities and other uniqueness together to rededicate ourselves to our pledge; One nation under God with liberty and Justice for all. We will pray for peace, prosperity and security of our nation.

Last year the event focused on the positive response of Sikh community to the Wisconsin Shooting and this year, we will focus on the positive prayerful response of Muslim community to the planned Quran Burning by Pastor Terry Jones in Mulberry, Florida.

Event: 10th Annual Unity Day USA
Time: 8:46 AM 

Date: September 11, 2013
Place: Mulberry Civic Center, 

901 NE 5th St  Mulberry, FL 33860
http://www.cityofmulberryfl.com 
RSVP- ConfirmAttendance@gmail.com Contact information - at the bottom


Press Conference: 8:00 AM


 PICTURES  INDICATE HOW IT WILL BE DONE IN MULBERRY, AS HAS BEEN DONE 
PICTURES FROM UNITY DAY IN DALLAS

The 10th Annual event is moved to Mulberry, Florida - for a singular purpose - to mitigate possible apprehensions generated by the planned burning of 2998 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013. We hope the event restores our faith in the cohesiveness of America, and we the people will go on about our business of living our daily lives.

We honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution, and have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones freedom of expression.  Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to prevail for the common good of the world. 

We hope, our mercy based message will remind those few Muslims elsewhere in the world that violence is not the way. We believe it may bring a change in the attitudes of followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety. 

The full press release: http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2013/08/planned-muslim-response-to-quran_18.html

WE WILL GATHER;
    to be together as Americans
    to express our gratitude to our men and women in uniform
    to honor individuals who have contributed to the well being of Mulberry, Florida
    to emphasize and appreciate diversity represented by America.
    to cherish the otherness of others. 
    to commit to be good neighbors 
    to rededicate our pledge to the peace, prosperity and security of America

Please join us with your family and friends to be together as Americans. Your presence is a valuable expression of unity. Along with our elected officials, civic, religious and business leaders, you help fulfill our common values and aspirations. Your presence fortifies our commitment to a pluralistic America.

As Americans, and as American of all hues, we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. All our faiths reinforce the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all”.

On this Unity Day USA, we, the people of the United States of America of every faith, race and ethnicity, will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, safety, prosperity and the well being of our nation.

PROGRAM OUTLINE 
Event: 10th Annual Unity Day USA
Time: 8:46 AM
Date: September 11, 2013
Place: Mulberry Civic Center, 
901 NE 5th St  Mulberry, FL 33860
FLAG CEREMONY

NATIONAL ANTHEM
(Preferably joined in by members of at least 7 faith traditions, if not all)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
To be led by the Hon. Mayor George Hatch of Mulberry


   
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


Acknowledgement of dignitaries- Suzanne

Thanking key volunteers - Curtis 

Thanking the Media- Butch

Appreciating the sponsors - Lynn 


PURPOSE
 

Purpose - a new positive approach to conflict mitigation and rededicating to our pledge – one nation under God with Liberty and Justice for all- Mike

Blood donation – Dr. Bajwa (3 Minutes) about the nationwide blood drive 

GREETINGS
 
Greetings from several religious traditions a few Video Samples;  City of Carrollton-II - City of Carrollton  Chicago Bible College


CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Mayors, Police and Fire chiefs, and Civic Leaders to share 3 minutes each – about their responsibility in treating each citizen with respect and dignity
 



HONORING THE ACTIVISTS 
Those who have stood up for others



SPIRITUAL LEADERS
All-inclusive spiritual leaders will be on stage representing each tradition, and lighting a candle of the next, a symbolic gesture to be the light to others. Every available religious American representation in Polk County will be accommodated. This is not about sermons but about being together as Americans. Please beware, it is about Americans and included in the group will be Atheists, Pagans and other non-religious traditions.


PEACE PLEDGE
  • I will I will speak up when there is injustice.
  • I will speak up when truth is not spoken.
  • I will make my words and my actions mitigate conflicts.
  • I will do my share in nurturing goodwill for the benefit of all.
  • I will do my share of peace work, without looking for others 
  • I will do respect the God given uniqueness of each individual.
  • I will do my best to live and let others live their way.
  • I will do my best to nurture goodwill in everything I do.

 

SPECIAL MUSLIM PRAYER

( 3-4 Minutes)
Muslim prayers and supplication for the safety and security and unity of our nation. Pray for the well being of all Americans, and seek forgiveness for all of us, and may God guide  Reverend Terry Jones to become a be blessed peace maker. Pray for the goodwill of the people of Polk county and Mulberry City, and pray for a cohesive America, where no American needs to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear or fellow Americans. 
 

CONCLUSION REMARKS

Mayor Hatch and one of the top officials will make the remarks.

BLOOD DONATION


 

FUNDING FOR THE EVENT

Please donate to defray the costs. All donors over $100 will be listed on this site. If one or two individuals want to sponsor, we would really welcome it. It will save us time.  Donate at http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/ 


 VIDEO MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS AND PASTOR JONES

A VIDEO MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS AND PASTOR JONES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsQq-tbJ89k&feature=youtu.be
  


6. TAMPA BAY FOX NEWShttp://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/23233567/2013/08/22/pastor-wants-to-burn-3000-korans-in-mulberry 

9. MUSLIMS PROTESTS - MULBERRY LEDGER
http://www.theledger.com/article/20130820/news/130829938

 A FEW CURRENT PICTURES:

MULBERRY MAYOR HON. GEORGE HATCH 
LAKELAND MAYOR HON. GOW B. FIELDS

THE MULBERRY UNITY DAY TEAM - MIKE, CURTIS, SUZANNE, LYNN 
AND FRIEND SUSIE (NOT ON THE TEAM)

All the original pieces related to the Quran burning even are at www.WorldMuslimCongress.com 


Unity day 2009
Unityday 2006
CONTACTS:

The Mulberry Unity Day USA Team


Suzanne Carter (727) 479-5041 
Linda Jezard 
Curtis Rahman (863) 430-7553
Lynn Broom (863-662-8511
Thank you.

Mike Ghouse 
www.MikeGhouse.net 

(214) 325-1916 text/talk
email: SpeakerMikeGhouse@Gmail.com 


http://quranburningpastorterryjones.blogspot.com/ 

www.AmericaTogetherFoundation.com
www.FoundationforPluralism.com
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com 
www.UnitydayUSA.com

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