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Tacos Unite Muslims, Latinos in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Tacos are proving to be a uniting force in Sacramento, California, where Muslims and Latinos are coming together in a difficult time for both groups.

“Justice is not just about us,” Rita Hamida, a Sacramento Muslim woman, told Fox 40.

“So, when we’re fighting for justice we need to for all of our rights, especially our civil rights. We are fighting hate one halal taco at a time, tacos being the symbol of love and the symbol of service to our community.”

Hamida was speaking as her movement, “Taco Trucks at Every Mosque,” made a stop at the Salam Islamic Center Friday night to serve halal tacos.

The initiative, running for its third year, came in an effort to encourage Muslims and Latinos to embrace their identities.

Hamida founded the grassroots movement to combat anti-Muslim and anti-Latino campaign rhetoric.

“We’re loving it,” said the movement’s co-founder, Benjamin Vazquez.

“Three-hundred plus people tonight are enjoying everybody’s company.”

The director of the Islamic center welcomed the taco truck to encourage people from other backgrounds to put differences aside and to get to know one another.


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