(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/3/2014) — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling on the FBI to assist in the investigation of a recent series of apparent hate attacks on East African Muslims in Fort Morgan, Colo.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said vandals have targeted vehicles owned by members of the Muslim refugee community in that city. A number of cars have been vandalized and spray painted with racial slurs such as, “Get out of town. Go back to your country.”
“Because of the apparent bias motive for these attacks and because they seem to target a religious and ethnic minority, we urge the FBI to assist local and state law enforcement agencies in the investigation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that just last week, CAIR's Washington state chapter held a news conference to ask the FBI to investigate apparently bias-motivated incidents targeting a mosque in that state.
In response to previous hate attacks on Muslims, CAIR published a booklet called “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.
To request a free e-copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” go to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
CAIR recently published a major report, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,” which identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting the type of anti-Islam prejudice that can lead to bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org