Hundreds Rally for Muslim, immigrant and refugee rights in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Several hundred residents and citizens gathered in Bronson Park Sunday to show their support of Muslim, immigrant and refugee populations.

At times, speakers focused on President Donald Trump's executive orders, the concept of "extreme vetting" and Kalamazoo's role in accepting refugees, though a majority of the demonstration was dedicated to celebrating diversity and affirming the city's inclusive nature.

The demonstration was coordinated by several local activist groups, including ProKzoo, Voices for Health, Iraqi Health, Welcoming Michigan and theKalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice. It featured political figures like Paul Clements, a Western Michigan University professor ran for Fred Upton's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, WMU President John Dunn and Portage Mayor Pro-Term Nasim Ansari.