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CAIR Calls on Virginia Police Chief to Withdraw from Tea Party Event with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/27/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Virginia Beach, Va., Interim Chief Anthony F. Zucaro, Jr. to withdraw from an August 1 Tea Party of Virginia event featuring an introduction by anti-Muslim hate group leader Brigitte Gabriel. 

SEE: Notice of Event with Brigitte Gabriel

“Chief Zucaro should be given the benefit of the doubt that he was unaware that he was to be introduced by the leader of an anti-Muslim hate group,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Now that Chief Zucaro has been made aware of Brigitte Gabriel’s hateful and dangerous views, he should withdraw from the event.”  

Hooper noted that Chief Zucaro has communicated that he is investigating the matter and that he “has no desire to attend a function associated with a hate group.” 


Gabriel (a.k.a Hanah Kahwagi Tudor), head of the hate group ACT for America, believes that “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer,” that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” that a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” 

ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named Brigitte Gabriel as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” 

SEE: CAIR Backgrounder on ACT for America  

CAIR Backgrounder on Brigitte Gabriel 

Video: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple   

Her group has ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations that exhibit the same bigoted themes as seen at the 2017 Charlottesville, Va., neo-Nazi rally. 

Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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