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Action Alert: CAIR Asks Americans of All Faiths to Join Educational Response to June 10 Anti-Islam Rallies

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.]

SEE: Dozens of US Cities Brace for Anti-Muslim Marches

Anti-Islam Rallies This Weekend Worry Muslim Leaders

Video: CAIR Rep Corey Saylor Joins Members of Congress to Denounce Anti-Muslim Marches

“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: 

CAIR-SFBA: 100+ Groups to Hold San Jose ”˜Unity Rally’ in Response to Anti-Islam Protest

100+ Groups to Hold San Jose ”˜Unity Rally’ in Response to Anti-Islam Protest  

CAIR: Georgia Muslims to Host Interfaith Rally and Food Drive June 10 as Response to Hate Group’s Planned Anti-Islam Protest

CAIR-NY and NYIC to Co-Sponsor New York City Loves Muslims Rally, Show Positive Alternative to Anti-Muslim Rally

CAIR-CT Anti-Hate Event

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.

CAIR: June 10 Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia

VIDEO: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple

Map of June 10 Anti-Muslim Protests

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.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.            

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CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, csaylor@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, zarain@cair.com

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