Food and Community

Sarah Jacobus, traci ishigo, Audrey Kuo, Tanzila Ahmed, Naazneen Diwan, Sean Miura and traci kato-kiriyama recite a collective poem.

The third annual Bridging Communities Iftar — the evening meal that breaks each day’s fast during Ramadan — was held on May 24 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Little Tokyo.

It was presented by Vigilant Love, which officially came together in December 2015 within days of the San Bernardino shootings as a rapid response to a wave of Islamophobic backlash in Southern California and nationwide. VL was founded upon the long-standing relationships of Los Angeles-based Muslim American and Japanese American leaders, programs and solidarity since 9/11.

Welcoming remarks were made by Kathy Masaoka of Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress and Shakeel Syed, executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD).