This week marks the second anniversary of the hate crime murders of Chapel Hill residents Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan. In honor of the anniversary, several organizations are hosting events or calling for actions to support those in our community who are in need of our solidarity, friendship and support.


In Raleigh, The Light House Project is hosting an event to help people answer the question “How can I be the light in today’s darkness?” The event will mark the anniversary of the murders, but will also be a time to reflect on the incredible show of support Muslims have received in the past two years from fellow Americans, and a time to reflect on how we must continue moving #ForwardWithFaith.

This event will include several speakers from the community who will address these questions, and will also feature an awards ceremony that honors members of our community who have kept and continue to keep Deah, Yusor, and Razan’s legacy alive.


Van Jones’ #LoveArmy is calling on people to stand against hatred, xenophobia and prejudice. #LoveArmy is asking everyone to #LoveThyNeighbor in support of those in our community who need friendship and solidarity:

ACT:  Perform an act of kindness, service or solidarity for your neighbor or fellow community member this week.  Join thousands of others and share your experience with the hashtags #LoveThyNeighbor, #LoveArmy, and #OurThreeWinners, or share directly on the #LoveArmy’s new Facebook page.  It can be as simple as dropping off a gift, volunteering your time, printing out a sign and putting it in your window, or whatever feels meaningful to you. It matters.  

DONATE:  Support these frontline organizations fighting for refugees and against Islamophobia:  Our Three Winners: Project Refugee Smiles, MPower Change, or DRUM (Desis Organizing and Moving).

SHARE:  Watch this video and share on social media with a personal message about #LoveThyNeighbor.

Join Stronger NC as we stand against hate and stand up for love.