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CAIR-AZ to Hold News Conference About Anti-Islam Rally Outside Arizona Mosque

CAIR logo(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/28/15) – 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, isiddiqi@cair.com; CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf, 602-312-2223, lyousuf@cair.com

Thursday evening, the organizer of the rally appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360†and confirmed his hatred of the “core values of Islam.â€

CAIR: Anderson Cooper Confronts Anti-Islam Rally Organizer: Aren’t You ‘Promoting Violence?’ (Video)

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.)

Video: CAIR-AZ Working with Law Enforcement on Armed Anti-Muslim Rally, FBI Probes Mosque Threats

Earlier this week, CAIR-AZ called state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats mailed to Phoenix mosques as acts of domestic terrorism.

SEE: CAIR Calls on FBI to Probe Terror Threats Mailed to Arizona Mosques

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.

SEE: CAIR Says Tenn. Man Who Planned Religiously-Motivated Attack on NY Muslims Should Face Terror Charges

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 school’s bus and to spill “Muslim blood.†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, “No Muslims†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 CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or civilrights@cair.com.

A copy of CAIR’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     

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, isiddiqi@cair.com; CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf, 602-312-2223, lyousuf@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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