by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
Students of all backgrounds from the University of Windsor united outside of the CAW to address and fight against the world’s greatest threat – terrorism.
The group made clear in their presentation – terrorism is not from one group but is constantly shown to oppress every culture in the world. To them, the night of Nov. 19 was the perfect opportunity to show the world they know the issue, they know their cause and they are ready to speak out to make a difference and influence those in power to make a difference.
Event organizer, Sami Habib, said the candlelit vigil was originally meant to be for the attacks in Lebanon but opened it up for all the devastation they saw in the same time frame.
“The message is that we are all victims of terrorism everywhere around the world,” said Habib. “There is no difference in where you’re from. We’re all human beings and we are all victims.”
Habib said they want to show everyone is united here regardless of their backgrounds and they want to send a clear message to the government they are in charge of the protection of their citizens, they need to be the difference and make decisions that will keep Canada safe.
“We also want to make it clear we are not apologizing for the acts as Muslims or non-Muslims,” said Habib. “They do not represent us, they are not Islam – they aren’t even Muslims in our case. Therefore, we feel no burden.”
Habib said he wants students to see the backlash and racism that has been happening as a result of the bombings and for students to not be involved in it.
UWSA president, Jaydee Tarpeh, said the vigil was fully supported as an event for all races and people and he was glad to see the involvement from everyone.
“We all stand in solidarity. We actually put our board meeting on recess so we could come out and support the vigil,” said Tarpeh. “It’s important to send a message with all the hate that is going around the world recently and it’s important for the university students to show they are standing with the rest of the world in this time.”
Tarpeh said it’s important to show we don’t hate people because of their ethnicity or backgrounds but to support those who need support.
Tarpeh said the main thing to take away from the night is to be more accepting.