CAIR-SFBA RELEASES BAY AREA MUSLIM CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 6/28/07) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) announced today the release of its local civil rights report, which shows that civil rights complaints from Bay Area Muslims more than doubled from 2005 to 2006.
According to the study, CAIR-SFBA processed a total of 246 civil rights report in 2006, up from 113 in 2005, constituting a 117.7 percent increase. Legal and immigration issues comprised 35 percent of all reported violations, with 57 naturalization delay cases placed in this category. Other top categories of alleged violations were due process (17 percent) and hate mail/propaganda (12 percent).
Bay Area numbers reflect CAIR’s nationwide statistics, which indicate a 25.1 percent increase in the total number of anti-Muslim bias from 2005 to 2006, with citizenship delays being the major issue nationwide. The state of California accounted for 29 percent of all civil rights complaints.
CAIR-SFBA attributes the rise in reported complaints to better community awareness and willingness to report bias, growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and by public officials, and the launch of its Citizenship Delay project in August 2006. The report includes recommendations such as awareness and repudiation of Islamophobia, anti-discrimination policies, sensitivity trainings and increased outreach by American Muslims to their fellow citizens.
“We’re seeing a consistent rise in the number of reported violations over the years,” said Azima Subedar, CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator. “These findings underscore the need for greater collaborative efforts to prevent discrimination against American Muslims.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: Azima Subedar, CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator, e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-986-9874; Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator, E-Mail: email@example.com, 408-986-9874.