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CAIR Says Trump’s Continued Use of ‘Pig’s Blood’ Myth Endangers American Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s continued use of a debunked anti-Muslim myth is endangering ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a surge in hate.

At a rally yesterday in California, Trump repeated the myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pig’s blood. Disturbingly, the audience erupted in applause in response to that Islamophobic hoax, which Trump first related at a rally in South Carolina last February. At that time, Politifact investigated the claim and rated it “Pants on Fire.”

Video: Donald Trump Repeats Muslim ‘Pig’s Blood’ Claim He Knows is False

SEE: Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims with Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause

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CAIR-MN, Minnesota Muslim Leaders to Respond to TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/29/16) - On Monday, May 2, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), along with leaders of that state's Muslim community, will take part in a news conference responding to recent revelations of the profiling of Somali-American Muslims by the Minneapolis office of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties.

SEE: TSA Official in Minneapolis Says He was Ordered to Profile Somali-Americans

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CAIR Asks DC Police to Preserve Video of Attack on Muslim Woman by Trump Supporter

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it has asked the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to preserve any surveillance video covering the site of an alleged attack on a Muslim woman by another woman shouting religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Investigators tell CAIR the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The Muslim woman, who is African-American and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), reported to CAIR that she was assaulted on April 21 outside a Starbucks in northwest Washington. According to the victim, the alleged assailant shouted slurs such as “f**king Muslim” and “f**king Muslim trash,” and told her to “go back to where you came from.” The white, blond-haired attacker also reportedly stated that she was voting for Donald Trump and expressed hope that he would send “all of you terrorist Muslims out of this country.”

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Muslims and Japanese Americans Take 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Detention Camp

cair ca logo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/28/16) In the wake of fear-mongering against Muslims, immigrants, and refugees during this tumultuous political season, Muslim and Japanese Americans will travel together on a 3-day 350 mile bus pilgrimage to the former WWII Manzanar concentration camp to learn from the past and counter the growing ignorance, bigotry, and divisiveness in our country.

When: Friday, April 29th 8:30 AM - Sunday, May 1st 5 PM

What: 11th Annual CAIR-SV and Florin JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage

Where: Departure and Arrival at Buddhist Church of Florin - 7235 Pritchard Road

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