(BOSTON, MA, 8/2/18) - The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), a chapter of the largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization in the United States, today condemned a series of Islamophobic mailers targeting congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
Amatul-Wadud is running for the first congressional district in Western Massachusetts.
CAIR-MA has received multiple reports of the mailer being sent to homes in the area of Westfield, Mass., following a campaign event by Amatul-Wadud in that city.
The bizarre, illustrated mailers (images of which are linked to below) allege that “The unelected elites, the radical progressive socialist liberals and the mass media are in alliance protecting Islamists so Islamists can get elected.” They also make reference to online conspiracy theories accusing Amatul-Wadud of being a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood and of attempting to “implement Sharia law” in America.
SEE: Hate Mailer 1
"We're disturbed by this act of hateful vitriol, which seeks to stoke fears of Muslims among the general public," said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-Massachusetts. "We're encouraging anyone with information about these mailers to contact their local postmaster and police department."
Anyone who has received the mailers is encouraged to save the envelopes in which they came and to contact CAIR-MA and their local post office to help identify the sender. Additionally, CAIR-MA encourages anyone who feels threatened to contact their local police department immediately.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, 617-862-9159, firstname.lastname@example.org