(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/28/15) â€“ On Friday, May 29, the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) will hold an 11 a.m. news conference in Mesa, Ariz., before a rally by armed members of a biker gang who are planning an anti-Islam protest that evening at a Phoenix mosque.
WHAT: CAIR-AZ News Conference Responding to Armed Anti-Islam Rally Outside Arizona Mosque
WHERE: CAIR-AZ Office, 1819 S. Dobson Road, Suite 109, Mesa, AZ 85202
WHEN: Friday, May 29, 11 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Chairman Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415-4652, email@example.com; CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf, 602-312-2223, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday evening, the organizer of the rally appeared on CNNâ€™s â€œAnderson Cooper 360â€ and confirmed his hatred of the â€œcore values of Islam.â€
CAIR-AZ met Wednesday with federal and local law enforcement authorities to discuss protecting worshipers from the armed biker gang who say they will gather outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix at 6:15 p.m. and will bring Islamophobic cartoons to harass worshipers. (NOTE: Friday is the Muslim day of communal prayer, or jummah.)
Earlier this week, CAIR-AZ called state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats mailed to Phoenix mosques as acts of domestic terrorism.
CAIR similarly called on the Obama administration to treat a planned religiously-motivated attack on a Muslim community in New York as an act of terrorism and to charge the admitted organizer of the attack as a terrorist.
CAIR also recently called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the schoolâ€™s bus and to spill â€œMuslim blood.â€ CAIR also called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes.
Other anti-Muslim incidents include threats to mosques in Iowa and Ohio, â€œNo Muslimsâ€ graffiti spray-painted on the seal of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, hate vandalism of a Rhode Island Islamic school and threats to murder Massachusetts Muslims.
CAIR is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIRâ€™s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email@example.com.
A copy of CAIRâ€™s “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions, may be requested through its website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html Â Â Â Â
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-AZ Chairman Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415-4652, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf, 602-312-2223, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org