Moms plan downtown walk to promote unity, peace and diversity.

Excerpt from the Naperville Sun by Suzanne Baker Contact Reporter

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A Unity walk in downtown Naperville next week is based on the simple premise that no one should live in fear because of their religious traditions or skin color.

Kathy McBane’s Moms Building Bridges group is organizing the walk and gathering, which is to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and will start at Fredenhagen Park along the Naperville Riverwalk and end at Naperville Central High School.

McBane said the goal is to promote Naperville’s diversity and demonstrate that people are able embrace all walks of life, no matter their faith, gender preference or color.

The mother of four teenagers said she wanted to get more involved her own community after a mission trip to El Salvador. The divisive rhetoric early in the presidential primaries led her to look inward and question the anger voiced toward Muslim people, she said.

“Here in Naperville, I realized I don’t have any Muslim friends,” she said. “How can I listen or understand with no personal connection.”

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