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In Southern California, Muslims And Latinos Eat Tacos Together After Breaking Ramadan Fast

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This is how food can be used to bring people together for the common good.

Activists Rida Hamida and Benjamin Vazquez are trying to bring together the Latino and Muslim communities with tacos. Hamida and Vazquez are using Ramadan and the meal that follows fasting, called iftar, to bring together two minority groups facing increased societal discrimination: Latinos and Muslims. Ramadan is a holy month in the Muslim faith when religious Muslims fast from sun up to sundown. It takes place during the month when the prophet Mohammed first received the revelations that would make up the Quran.

According to the L.A. Times, Hamida and Vasquez recently organized an event that took place in the parking lot of the Islamic Center in Santa Ana, Calif. It’s part of a movement in Orange Country called #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque.

The first #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque got Latinos and Muslims to sit down for a meal after fasting for Ramadan was over that day.

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“This is perfect timing. The purpose of this month is to give charity, to grow our character and our inner lives and to nourish our soul through service,” Hamida told the L.A. Times. She added: “What better way to do that than by learning from one another?”

According to the L.A. Times, more than 400 Latinos and Muslims attended the event that was catered by the Tacos “El Moy” food truck.

Attendees were able to sit with one another, break bread, and talk religion, family, and, of course, politics.

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“We’ve been guilty of prejudice toward one another,” Vazquez told The OC Register. “And this is the way we break it all down — with food. Today, we’re celebrating one another’s culture. We’re making connections.”

Hamida, one of the coordinators, told the CBS Evening News that the point of the event is for more than just eating together, it is about growing a community.

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Hamida says that it is through food and conversation provided by #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque that those conversations and relationships can start to grow. According to The OC Register, the event is expected to visit other mosques in the Orange County area in an attempt to spread peace and unity among Muslims and Latinos.


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Grammy-Nominated Musician Embraces His Mexican Heritage In This Gorgeous Series

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Grammy-Nominated Musician Embraces His Mexican Heritage In This Gorgeous Series

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“I’ve gone all over the globe playing my music, but the one place I’ve never been is Mexico.”

Early on in this episode of VICELAND’s “Earthworks,” Miguel explains that due to his appearance, most people think of him as a “soley black artist.” The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter then explains that he actually has very strong ties to his Latino heritage: “There’s a reason why my name is Miguel.” Like many immigrants, Miguel’s father, Miguel Sr., was originally from Mexico, but came to the U.S. in search of a better life. As Miguel explains, his first visit to Michoacán, Mexico was the perfect chance to understand the story of his family, as well as his own.

Once in Mexico, the Pimentels are greeted with open arms by family in Zamora, Michoacán.

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As Miguel sums it up, “What I appreciate most about my Latino heritage is that have a really strong sense of family.” Watching Miguel enjoy a meal with his family, it’s obvious how important these kinds of connections are for the 31-year-old musician. For anyone interested in their own heritage, this series is definitely worth checking out. Shot with an eye on what makes Mexico so beautiful — the culture, the people, and the landscape — VICELAND has done an amazing job of chronicling a side of Mexico rarely shown.

Check out the entire series here.

READ: Miguel Opens Up About Being Biracial And Gushes About His Mexican Abuelita’s Amazing Food – Which Is Way More Than Just Tacos

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