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Date: Jul 13, 2017

County Executive Kamenetz and Khizr Khan Joined Community and Religious Leaders Calling for Preserving American Values of Equal Rights 

Patriot Plaza in Towson came alive as a diverse crowd of people answered Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s “A Call for Unity” at a regional rally featuring Gold Star Family Member Khizr Khan.

The rally, co-hosted by the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, featured Kamenetz, Khan and dozens of community, religious and cultural leaders who took to the stage to bring awareness to the importance of diversity and of eradicating discrimination and hatred in the Baltimore area and around the country.

Kamenetz proclaimed July 12 as Unity Day in Baltimore County and presented Khan with an Executive Citation for standing up for the Constitutional rights of immigrants by promoting fairness, equality and human rights for all.

Khan, the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who lost his life in 2004 serving in Iraq, spoke passionately about the right of equal treatment for all citizens and presented Kamenetz with a pocket sized copy of the U.S. Constitution.  

Referencing Baltimore County’s diverse population and his April 5 Executive Order on Law Enforcement Standards on Immigration Status, Diversity and Equity, Kamenetz said, “In Baltimore County, we are standing up to those who seek to divide us,” and, “the true measure of a government is how we treat the downtrodden, those who are most vulnerable.”

Khan spoke at length, sharing how he and his wife suffered persecution in other countries and how they decided to speak out against injustices here, particularly protecting the rights of immigrant children. “The divisiveness and discrimination threatening our communities is totally un-American,” he said. “America is a place of equal protection, equal dignity and plurality where all citizens are treated equally. If you go to the darkest corners of the world and share with them the values of the United States, enlisted in our Constitution, they all wish to come here. It is that standard that I hope the rest of the nation will celebrate.”

A lively crowd of attendees showed their support by chanting, ringing cowbells and applauding speakers from the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, Commission for Women, Amigos of Baltimore County, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Bridge Maryland and clergy from multiple denominations.

The event was also supported by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Baltimore County NAACP, the AL Farooq Foundation, Daryl Bass, the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. 

Photos from the event are available online at Please feel free to share them. 

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