New York, NY — America is strongest when her people stand united by the freedoms our nation was founded on. New York Neighbors for American Values embraces our core Americanvalues of religious freedom, diversity and equality. As community groups and organizationsrepresenting hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, we welcome the planned Muslimcommunity center in Lower Manhattan – as we would welcome any center planned byneighbors of good will. New York is one of the world’s great cities thanks to the richness, vibrancy and diversity of those who call New York home. The shared hopes and dreams of countless New Yorkers haveunited our city for centuries. We will not allow anyone to sow fear and division or condemn thewarm embrace we have always offered to all people from all lands. We call on our country’s politicians, pundits and leaders to live up to the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, thevery values Americans have fought for and held dear for centuries. And we call on our neighbors in New York and across the nation to stand up and stand united: Our Constitution’sfounding freedoms extend to every person and every house of worship, regardless of creed or color. America’s founding values must be welcome on every street and in every town squareacross the nation.The Coalition of NY Neighbors for American Values [In Formation]:Organizational Members:Arab Muslim American Federation, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American LegalDefense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Auburn Theological Seminary, Brennan Center for Justice, Brooklyn for Peace, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Understanding Islam,Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause/New York, Community Voices Heard,Convergence of Cultures/NY, Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, Demos, DowntownIndependent Democrats, Good Jobs New York, Greater NYC for Change, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Interfaith Center of New York, Islamic Mission of America inc.,Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ], Judson Memorial Church, League of WomenVoters of the City of New York, Lower Manhattan Democrats (LMD), Manhattan YoungDemocrats, Middle East Crisis Response (MECR), Muslim Bar Association of New York,Muslim Consultative Network, Muslim Public Affairs Council –NYC, New York CivilLiberties Union (NYCLU), New York Theological Seminary, New York City New SanctuaryMovement, Pax Christi Metro New York, Planners Network, The Dialogue Project, The NewYork City Chapter of Humanist Party, The Shalom Center, Woodstock International,Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter RingIndividual Members (organizational affiliation for identification only)Talat Hamdani, Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani NYPD Cadet, EMT, WTC IIAdem Carroll, Muslim American Civil Liberties CoalitionDebbie Almontaser, Founding and Former Principal of the Khalil Gibran InternationalAcademyHester Eisenstein, Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center Jennifer Baumgardner, Co-Owner, Soapbox Inc.