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60+ Civil & Human Rights Groups Condemn GEICO for Canceling Arab American Heritage Month Event, Attacking Activist Linda Sarsour

In a statement, a coalition of Jewish, Muslim and Arab-American groups call for insurance company to withdraw offensive and defamatory statement 

(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/8/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today joined an interfaith coalition of more than 60 civil and human rights organizations to release a statement condemning the insurance company GEICO for canceling its plans to host an event celebrating Arab-American Heritage Month and for publicly attacking its invited speaker, American Muslim community activist Linda Sarsour. 

CAIR also today sent a separate letter on behalf of Ms. Sarsour to GEICO CEO Todd Combs calling on the corporation to reverse course.

SEE: CAIR Letter to GEICO CEO Todd Combs

After GEICO announced that Sarsour was scheduled to speak at an event celebrating Middle Eastern and North African history, anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim organizations attacked both Sarsour and the company, which then cancelled the entire event and accused Sarsour of practicing “hate” and “exclusion.”  

In a joint statement, over 60 civil and human rights organizations said:

“We strongly condemn GEICO for bowing down to anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hate groups, canceling an event meant to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month and smearing one of our nation’s most prominent and impactful activists.

“GEICO must immediately delete its false, defamatory and unacceptable attack on Linda Sarsour, who has vocally advocated for justice for all people and repeatedly fought against Islamophobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, and all other forms of hatred.

“GEICO’s defamatory attack on Linda Sarsour is an attack on all Americans who dare to criticize the Israeli government and other human rights violators. If GEICO refuses to delete its hateful post and apologize for canceling its Arab American Heritage Month event, everyone who supports human rights for all people should avoid collaborating with this company or insuring with this company.” 

Co-Signing Organizations  

Al-Ansar Center  

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)  

American Muslim Bar Association  

American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)  

Arab American Association of New York  

Arab American Civic Council  

Armenian-American Action Network  

Central Valley Islamic Council  

Coalition for Civil Freedoms  

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  

Free Uyghur Now  

ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ)

Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno  

Islamophobia Studies Center  

Jahajee Sisters  

Jetpac Resource Center  

Jewish Voice for Peace  

Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism  

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)  

Jews Say No!  

Mogahed Consulting, LLC  

MPower Change  

Muslim Caucus Education Initiative  

Muslim Democratic Club of NY 

National Iranian American Council 

Nordix Computer Corp  

Pillars of the Community  

Poligon Education Fund  

Project South 

Revolutionary Love Project  

South Bay Islamic Association  

South Florida Muslim Federation  

The Gathering for Justice  

Until Freedom  

US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)  

 • American Muslim Alliance (AMA)   

 • American Muslim for Palestine (AMP)   

 • Baitulmaal for Relief and Development   

 • Burmese Rohingya Association of North America (BRANA)   

 • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)    

 • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  

 • Dar Alhijrah Islamic Center   

 • Downtown Islamic Center – Chicago (DIC)   

 • Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)   

 • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)   

 • Islamic Association of North America (IANA)   

 • Islamic Center of Chicago Western Suburbs (ICW)   

 • Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD)   

 • Islamic Community Center of Illinois (ICCI)   

 • Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN)   

 • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

 • Islamic Leadership Council of New York   

 • Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC)   

 • Mercy Without Limits (MWL)   

 • Mosque Foundation (MF)   

 • The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. D. Mohammed)   

 • Muslim American Society (MAS)  

 • Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)   

 • Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)   

 • Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest (MFPNW)   

 • New York Majlis Ashura   

 • North America Imams Federation (NAIF)   

 • Together We Serve (TWS)   

 • United Muslim Relief (UMR)   

 • United Hands Relief (UHR)   

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