CAIR-Chicago is working with local law enforcement and the FBI Chicago office on recent social media violent threats against a south suburban mosque.
CAIR-Chicago is advising the Chicago Muslim community to take all threats seriously and ensure that the local police and FBI are contacted in a timely manner to investigate and address any threats. CAIR-Chicago is here to assist you with vetting the credibility of the threat and the proper means of reporting.
Call 911 or your local police department to report any suspicious activity, hate crimes, threatening phone calls, text messages, or emails, or harassment. These could be individual threats or harassment, or threats against a mosque, school or organization. They could also be direct and specific threats on Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
ACTION: Mosques, Islamic schools, Muslim organizations, and individuals are recommended to increase security efforts, including during prayer times, school times, and during any special events.
CAIR is urging community leaders to implement safety measures outlined in CAIR's booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to previous attacks on American mosques.
The booklet is designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.
A free copy of CAIR's "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," may be requested through our website.
Report any suspicious activity or individuals to the local police (dial 911), and to the mosque or organization. Report any social media threats (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Email), voicemails, text messages, website attacks/hacks, phone calls, verbal threats, physical threats to the police.
Follow up with CAIR Chicago after making any reports to the police so we can document and ensure threats are being investigated.
Contact CAIR-Chicago's Civil Rights department if you are a victim of any threats or hate crimes at (312) 212-1520 or our staff attorney at: email@example.com
CAIR-Chicago is a chapter of 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-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312.212.1520, 202.870.0166 (cell)