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CAIR Calls on Elected Officials to Reject Planned Idaho White Supremacist Rally

Muslim civil rights group asks for stepped-up police presence at site of ‘hate-fest’ 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 2/11/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on elected officials in Idaho to offer a “strong rejection” of a planned white supremacist rally scheduled to take place on March 12 in Kootenai County. 

Washington, D.C., based CAIR also called for a stepped-up police presence at the site of the rally “to ensure public safety.” 

The event, set to take place at Hayden Lake, is being organized by the Aryan Freedom Network, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi organization. The Kootenai Co. Sheriff’s Office said the rally could be monitored and some patrols may be assigned to the area. The white supremacist organization is also planning a Midwest gathering and a Dallas conference in the coming months. 

SEE: White supremacist group eyes Hayden Lake

“Because of the growing bigotry targeting minority communities nationwide, groups promoting white supremacy and racism can no longer be ignored as a fringe minority of extremists,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge local and state elected officials to offer a strong rejection of this planned hate-fest. We also ask law enforcement authorities to offer a stepped-up presence at the site of the white supremacist gathering to ensure public safety.” 

He noted that last Sunday, CAIR-Houston condemned racist flyers attributed to the Aryan Freedom Network distributed to the homes in Northwest Harris Co., Texas.  

SEE: CAIR-Houston Condemns White Supremacist Flyers Left at Houses in Harris County, Urges Hate Crime Probe 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,