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CAIR-Austin to Co-Host Safety Workshop in Response to Wave of Vandalism Targeting Muslim Community

(AUSTIN, TX, 9/21/18) – Tonight (September 21), the Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) will co-host a safety workshop at the North Austin Muslim Community Center in response to the rash of vandalism targeting an Islamic center and Muslim-owned businesses in the North Lamar neighborhood.

SEE: Vandal Targeting Muslim-Owned Business Strikes Again

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/vandal-targeting-muslim-owned-business-strikes-again/1462925054

WHAT: CAIR-Austin Co-Hosts Community Safety Workshop
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. CST
WHERE:  North Austin Muslim Community Center, 11900 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh (512) 785-7105, msheikh@cair.com

CAIR-Austin has repeatedly asked for law enforcement to devote additional resources to bringing the perpetrator to justice and for these acts to be investigated as potential hate crimes.

SEE: CAIR-Austin Calls for Stepped-Up Police Efforts After Third Act of Vandalism Targeting Texas Muslim Community

https://www.cair.com/cair_austin_calls_for_stepped_up_police_efforts_after_third_act_of_vandalism_targeting_texas_muslim_community

Representatives of the Austin Police Department will be on hand to provide information on improving safety for both persons and property, as well as to answer questions from community members.

“We hope this workshop will play a role in giving the Muslim community some peace of mind while the perpetrator remains at large,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh. “A window or a door may be replaced, but as these incidents continue to occur, it is increasingly difficult to avoid the sense of unease growing among Austin Muslims who feel their community is being targeted.” 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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.

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