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CAIR ACTION ALERT: Contact Takoma Park, Maryland Mayor to Thank Her for Supporting Free Speech

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Marylanders who value free speech to contact Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart, who has come under fire by pro-Israel groups who want to obstruct Tuesday’s screening of the “Occupation of The American Mind” documentary.

The screening was reportedly coordinated through the Takoma Park City Council by Voices from the Holy Land and exposes the pro-Israel lobby’s extensive attempts to influence public opinion in America. 

Last week, CAIR issued a release applauding the City Council’s decision to reschedule the screening after discussions with officials prompted by numerous constituents contacting the organization concerned by the event’s postponement. 

SEE: CAIR Applauds Maryland Council’s Decision to Reschedule Film Screening After Attempts to Silence Criticism of Israel’s Brutal Treatment of Palestinian Civilians

Jewish Voice for Peace supports the screening.

Supporters of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land have provided biased, misleading information to journalists, and rallied officials in government, media and beyond to attempt to call off the event. 

This pressure led to eight members of the Montgomery County Council signing on to an “emergency letter” urging the Mayor to not permit the screening to proceed.  

The film screening and panel discussion is scheduled to proceed tonight as planned. 


  1. Send an email to Mayor Stewart at kates@takomaparkmd.govexpressing your appreciation to her for not caving in to special interests or bullying tactics.
  2. Attend tonight’s screening and take part in the discussion.

WHAT: ”˜Occupation of the American Mind’ Film Screening and Panel Discussion

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, doors open 6 p.m.

WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912


Dear Mayor Stewart,

Thank you for defending our First Amendment free speech rights and standing on the right side of history by not caving to pressure to cancel the screening of ”˜Occupation of the American Mind’ in Takoma Park this Tuesday. 

The film, which was produced by the Media Education Fund and directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, is a critically-acclaimed analysis of “Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people.”

“Voices from the Holy Land” [] is a grassroots initiative supported by over fifty interfaith communities comprised of Christians, Jews, Quakers, Unitarians, and Muslims. 

Its purpose is to provide a perspective on issues of justice, human rights and peace in the Holy Land not found in mainstream media. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.



CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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