CAIR-Colorado to Call for Policy Change After Pepsi Center Demands Muslim Mom Remove Hijab

Mother of three was seeking entry to facility to hear her daughter sing the national anthem

(DENVER, CO, 11/12/19) – On Wednesday, November 13, the Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado) will hold a news conference at the Colorado Muslim Society with Gazella Bensreiti, an American Muslim mother of three who was reportedly asked to remove her Islamic head scarf (hijab) in order to enter the Pepsi Center to watch her daughter perform the National Anthem. 

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Colorado Muslim Society, 2071 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231

CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, (703) 501-0961, kCole@cair.com

At the news conference, CAIR-Colorado will call on Pepsi Center officials to investigate the incident and to take appropriate actions, including a change in its policy regarding religious attire of event attendees.

When the Pepsi Center employee at Will Call allegedly told her to, "take that thing off" or not be allowed entrance (in reference to her hijab) Gazella asked to be allowed to remove it in private, in front of a woman. She was refused and subsequently subjected to public humiliation in front of staff, students and other parents, until her daughter became distraught, believing her mom would not be allowed in to see her perform. 

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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