(CHICAGO, IL, 7/22/2019) – Later today, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), along with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), will hold a news conference to condemn a Facebook post by the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association depicting Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as violent extremists.
WHAT: Press Conference Condemning Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association Facebook Post
WHO: Ahmed Rehab (CAIR-Chicago), Lawrence Benito (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), Maaria Mozaffar (CAIR-Chicago Legislative Director)
WHEN: Today, Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 1:30 PM
WHERE: CAIR-Chicago @ 17 N. State Street, Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60602
CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, email@example.com; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Saadia Pervaiz, 312-212-1520, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Hannah Faris, 312-212-1520, email@example.com
On Friday, The Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association shared a post with the four congresswomen superimposed onto a Gangster Squad promotional poster.
The poster read “The Jihad Squad” and “political jihad is their game. If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology, you’re racist.” The Islamophobic, racist, and misogynistic poster also shows Representatives Omar and Pressley holding weapons while objectifying Ocasio-Cortez (see below).