(July 31, 2012 - San Diego, CA) -- Last night, a representative from the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) briefly addressed the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Education in their meeting and specifically thanked trustee Marne Foster and Richared Barrera for initiating dialogue on the Trayvon Martin Case.
The CAIR-San Diego rep also encouraged all to support the effort and offered any help the organization could provide.
"Anger can lead to more unfortunate situations like the Trayvon Martin incident,"said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, who was present and spoke to the board. "The only way to decrease anger is to discuss it in an honest and open and safe place,"
The resolution that passed by the SDUSD directs Superintendent Cindy Marten to work with the SDUSD's office of Race, Human Relations and Advocacy and implement the a plan that allows Middle and High School students to honestly and openly discuss the Trayon Martin Case and what could have been done differently to avoid such an incident.
This move by the SDUSD board is unprecedented and can have great implications for other minority communities. It is hoped that such efforts to open frank and open discussions do not stop with this case. Islamophobia is definitely another matter that needs to be discussed as well in San Diego County.
Recently a man was arrested for walking into the San Diego Islamic Center and threatening worshippers as they were praying their dawn prayer.
It is important for San Diegans to discuss and have an honest dialogue about Islamophobia and its effects in the education system.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, [email protected]