(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/28/14) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's proclamation designating October as "Statewide Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month."
CAIR requested the proclamation as part of its multilevel response to a recent spike in bullying incidents targeting Muslim students in Maryland. The Washington-based civil rights group recently asked the principal of Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md., to investigate a teacher who made a series of anti-Muslim statements to his class.
The governor's proclamation reads in part:
"Whereas, Maryland schools, students, parents, recreation programs, religious institutions, and community organizations are urged to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our communities safer for all children and adolescents. Throughout the nation, we need to stand together united in our pledge to stop bullying."
"We all have an obligation to work together to provide a safe, comfortable learning environment for students of all backgrounds," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. "It's heartening to see that Governor O'Malley shares our concern and has taken a firm stance against bullying."
CAIR provides free anti-bullying workshops offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
CAIR is 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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com