Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization urges Texas voters to contact Cruz’s offices seeking explanation
(DALLAS, TX, 10/3/2017) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today questioned why Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed to speak at an event this morning hosted by a virulently anti-Muslim hate group.
Sen. Cruz live-streamed his participation in ACT for America’s Capitol Hill National Security Legislative Briefing. That hate group, which has been linked to white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and individuals, also presented Sen. Cruz with its National Security Leadership award. Act for America has hosted many of the same white supremacist groups and exhibited the same bigoted themes witnessed at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” racist rally that resulted in a deadly act of domestic terrorism.
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“We urge Senator Cruz to explain why he would speak at a hate group’s event and why he refuses to meet with Muslim constituents, despite repeated requests for such a meeting,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain.
ACTION ALERT: CAIR-Texas is urging voters to contact Senator Cruz’s offices to request an explanation of his participation in a notorious anti-Muslim hate group’s event as well as his support for ACT for America’s anti-Muslim agenda.
CONTACT Sen. Cruz’s Texas Offices:
Central Texas: (512) 916-5834
North Texas: (214) 599-8749
Southeast Texas: (713) 718-3057
South/Central Texas: (210) 340-2885
East Texas: (903) 593-5130
South Texas: (956) 686-7339
ACT for America Backgrounder:
ACT for America is a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel.” Gabriel believes that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She also argues that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” ACT is linked to white supremacist and anti-government groups such as the Oath Keepers, Identity Evorpa and Vanguard America. ACT hosted these groups at sanctioned anti-Islam rallies in 2017.
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel, Also Known as Hanah Kahwagi Tudor and Brigitte Tudor
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
In response to the recent spike in hate crimes targeting minorities, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, 469-998-2246, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, email@example.com; CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com