(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/13/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of a human rights discrimination complaint with the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions against a New Mexico-based convenience store for its discriminatory policy that denies service to Muslims.
Gorence & Oliveros, P.C. is co-counsel in the case.
“The civil rights movement sought to eliminate discriminatory signs denying service to members of the public based on their race, religion or national origin,” said CAIR Litigation Director Lena Masri. “We must ensure that we do not allow the bigotry of the past to resurface and be normalized in the form of Islamophobia.”
Signs posted on the windows of Mayhill Convenience Store included one that states in bold lettering: “Obama & other Muslims Not welcome here.” The sign includes a depiction of a Muslim man praying and a mosque. Several other signs contain racist and bigoted language, including the following:
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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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