Muslim civil rights group urges American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions this weekend
(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/9/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urge Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to take part in local peaceful educational events and activities in response to anti-Islam rallies planned nationwide on Saturday, June 10.
[NOTE: A number of organizations will be using #CounterACTHate to support the peaceful challenge to Saturday’s hate rallies.]
“The best way to respond to the promotion of hatred and bigotry is through education and outreach,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.
He noted that CAIR chapters nationwide are sponsoring or joining in local efforts to counter the hate rallies.
ACTION REQUESTED: To learn more aboutt local responses to the hate rallies and how you can participate in the anti-hate campaign, contact the nearest CAIR chapter by going to: http://www.cair.com/cair-chapters.html
Some Examples of CAIR Chapter Responses to the Anti-Islam Rallies:
The anti-Islam rallies are being organized by the hate group ACT for America and supported by white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-government, and Islamophobic groups.
ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named “Brigitte Gabriel” as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”
Gabriel has argued that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America
SPLC: Anti-Muslim Inner Circle
CAIR is also urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions this weekend and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
The civil right organization’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil rights 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, firstname.lastname@example.org