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Action Alert: CAIR Encourages Community to Attend 4/9 Congressional Hearing on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism Featuring Father of Murdered NC Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/8/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today encouraged community members to attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing tomorrow on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.”

SEE: https://judiciary.house.gov/legislation/hearings/hate-crimes-and-rise-white-nationalism

[NOTE: CAIR is encouraging community members to arrive at least two hours early as admission to the hearing room is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The building will open at 7 a.m., but lines may form outside before that time.]

The hearing will examine “hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology” and will also explore what social media companies can do to stem the promotion of this ideology and hate speech online.

The list of witnesses includes Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father Yusor and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha who were killed in a 2015 shooting that many believe was motivated by anti-Muslim bias. CAIR is urging members of the community to support Dr. Abu-Salha by attending the hearing.

WHAT: House Judiciary Committee Hearing “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism”

WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 10 a.m. NOTE: CAIR is encouraging community members to arrive at least two hours early as admission to the hearing room is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The building will open at 7 a.m., but lines may form outside before that time.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

Recent hate incidents include bomb and death threats targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a threat targeting a Maryland mosque, an arson attack on a California mosque, recent arrests in an alleged bomb plot targeting Muslims in New York, guilty pleas in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque, and sentencing of men in a plot to bomb Muslims in Kansas.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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