(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/23/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime probe of advertisements promoting white supremacist organizations distributed around Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.Â
Some of the stickers had QR codes that led to white supremacist websites and were found on a sign outside of the McCullough Student Center, on the outside of the Center for Community Engagement building and at a Jewish organization in town. The stickers have been removed and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has started an investigation into the source of the distribution.
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â€œBecause these white supremacist materials were used to target a Jewish organization, we ask that authorities take this issue seriously and investigate the incident as a possible hate crime,â€ saidÂ CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.Â