(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) - The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today hosted an Incident Community Coordination Team call with American Muslim community leaders to discuss anti-Islam hate rallies by possibly armed extremists planned to take place in front of mosques nationwide on October 9 and 10.
The call came in response to requests made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and other national and local Muslim organizations.
The call included senior leadership from DHS, FBI, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and other federal agencies.
In response to the anti-Islam rallies, DHS has emphasized that if “members of your community have been or may be the targets of possible hate crimes or other forms of violence, it is imperative that you contact your local law enforcement officials right away.”
CAIR is urging Muslim community leaders to consider instituting additional safety measures in response to the planned hate rallies.
Yesterday, CAIR called on all presidential candidates to repudiate the hate rallies and asked them to take time out of their schedules on October 9 or 10 to visit a mosque in a show of moral support for the Muslim community at a time of increasing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim incidents.
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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