(DENVER, CO, 9/18/19) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Grand Junction, Colo., mosque as a hate crime.
The sign at the Islamic Centre of Grand Junction was reportedly spray-painted, almost covering the entire sign.
SEE: Grand Junction mosque vandalized
“Because houses of worship nationwide are increasingly targeted by hate, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this vandalism and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole. “People of all faiths should be able to gather and pray without fear of intimidation or attack.”
She noted that in 2017, CAIR called for a similar investigation following vandalism targeting a mosque in Fort Collins, Colo.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Colorado Mosque
In 2016 and 2017, CAIR called for stepped-up police protection for mosques in Colorado following threats to houses of worship.
SEE: CAIR Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Colorado Mosques Following Phone Threat
CAIR Seeks Stepped-Up Police Protection for Colorado Mosque Targeted by Apparent Threat
Yesterday, CAIR-CO condemned the Douglas County, Colorado Republican Party for sharing an Islamophobic post on Facebook.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Colorado GOP for Sharing Islamophobic Post https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_colorado_gop_for_sharing_islamophobic_post
SEE: CAIR-Colorado Calls for Apology from Lawmaker for Liking Islamophobic Post
The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25thanniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.
SEE: CAIR’s 25th Annual Gala
Online registration is now open for the gala with a keynote address by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive early-bird discount.
SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, email@example.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com