Letters of Support

30 Nov Letters of Support

Mayor John Marchione Denounces MAPS Vandalism

November 22, 2016

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

REDMOND, WA – On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) was vandalized. The granite sign in front of their facility was smashed. This took place following an additional form of vandalism last weekend.

“Acts like this aren’t representative of the Redmond community, and will not be tolerated,” stated Mayor John Marchione. “The City works closely with MAPS leadership and our Islamic community to ensure that they and all residents feel safe in their homes, at their place of business, and where they worship.”

“I am confident that this act does not represent the feelings of Redmond residents. Our community will continue to stand strongly in favor of diversity and inclusion, and not allow an individual act of vandalism to define us.”

MAPS has increased its security efforts but will not cancel any activities or events. A Thanksgiving dinner celebration for the residents of Tent City 4 will take place on Wednesday, as planned.   

For questions and more information contact Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager, at lmaher@redmond.gov or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on www.redmond.gov.

From: Pramila Jayapal PRESS <press@pramilaforcongress.com>


Date: November 23, 2016 at 4:28:17 PM PST

To: Pramila Jayapal <pjayapal@me.com>

Reply-To: danielle@pramilaforcongress.com


November 23, 2016

Congresswoman-Elect Pramila Jayapal’s Statement on the Vandalism of Redmond Mosque


 Nov 23, 2016 Press Release

 Seattle – Congresswoman-Elect Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today condemned the vandalism of a Redmond mosque; Muslim Association of the Puget Sound (MAPS).

 “I strongly condemn this hateful act of vandalism of a place of worship. Hate has no place in our community, and we all stand united rejecting these actions in unequivocal terms.  I am deeply troubled that hate crimes against Muslims and minorities are on the rise, in particular at places of worship and schools.  After 9/11, I was proud to stand strong with our many communities who came together to ensure that we denounce hate in our state.  Today, we stand just as strong to make sure that all of our public places of worship, of learning, of community and of government are supportive to all people and free of hate against any community.” 



Danielle Fulfs



Sound Cities Association

2016 Board of Directors  


Nancy Backus Mayor

City of Auburn

Vice President David Baker Mayor

City of Kenmore

Treasurer   Amy Walen


City of Kirkland


Bill Allison


City of Maple Valley

Past President Matt Larson Mayor

City of Snoqualmie


Jim Ferrell


City of Federal Way

Leanne Guier Mayor

City of Pacific

Bob Harrison

City Administrator

City of Issaquah

Will Ibershof

Mayor City of Duvall

Hank Margeson

Council President City of Redmond

Marlla Mhoon Councilmember

City of Covington

Dana Ralph


City of Kent

Catherine Stanford

Deputy Mayor

City of Lake Forest Park

Executive Director

Deanna Dawson

Sound Cities Association

6300 Southcenter Boulevard

Suite 206 Tukwila, WA 98188

(206) 433-7168 SCA@SoundCities.org www.SoundCities.org 

November 23, 2016

Mr. Mahmood Khadeer, President

Muslim Association of Puget Sound

17550 NE 67th Ct

Redmond, WA 98052


Dear Mr. Mahmood Khadeer,

On behalf of 37 member cities of the Sound Cities Association, we are deeply saddened by the vandalism of your mosque and the fear and intimidation your members have faced.

We serve as the Executive Board for the Sound Cities Association (SCA), which represents 37 cities of King County and provides a voice for over one million people. As a voice for those we represent, we will be clear that we reject such messages of hate.

SCA’s mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education, mutual support and networking to cities as they act locally and partner regionally to create livable vital communities. The livable vital communities we seek to foster are diverse, they safeguard the rights of residents to worship, and they work to ensure the safety of all residents. This act of vandalism is at odds with the values of our communities, and does not reflect the strong threads of inclusiveness and respect that more accurately define our region.

We condemn the recent vandalism of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) mosque and stand in support of MAPS as you open your mosque this Thanksgiving week to strengthen our region with a community meal.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director Deanna Dawson at (206) 495-3265 or at Deanna@SoundCities.org to discuss how we can work together to foster an inclusive region and support the safety and rights of all our residents.


Nancy Backus                                                       David Baker

President, Sound Cities Association            Vice President, Sound Cities Association

Mayor, City of Auburn                                       Mayor, Kenmore

Amy Walen Matt Larson
Treasurer, Sound Cities Association Past President, Sound Cities Association
Mayor, Kirkland Mayor, Snoqualmie

cc: SCA Board of Directors