(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/15/07) – On Wednesday, August 15, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and the Islamic Center of the East Bay (ICEB) will host a news conference to announce a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists who torched the mosque.
Representatives from the Antioch City Council, the Antioch Police Department and from Senator Tom Torlakson’s office will also be making statements, along with local interfaith clergy and community leaders.
WHAT: News conference to announce reward fund and condemn attack
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 3 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Islamic Center of the East Bay, 311 W 18th Street, Antioch, CA
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Safaa Ibrahim, 408-986-9874, 831-246-3702
Fire officials say there were four separate attempts to start the blaze, which caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. The act is being investigated as an act of arson. Mosque officials said there was also a break-in at the center several days ago, as well as previous acts of vandalism, including shots being fired through windows and walls of the center.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Safaa Ibrahim, 408-986-9874, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, email@example.com