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CAIR-Central CA Condemns Reported Racist Hate Crime Targeting Old Town Clovis Shop

(FRESNO, CA, 9/28/2020) – The Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CC) today condemned a reported hate crime targeting an Old Town Clovis shop.

READ: Old Town Clovis shop broken into, vandalized with racist graffiti (Fresno Bee)

READ: City of Clovis message

The City of Clovis stands united in support of a Black-owned business in Old Town Clovis that was vandalized with racist…

Posted by City of Clovis, California – Government on Saturday, September 26, 2020

On Saturday morning, Chanel Wapner, owner of Just My Essentials on Pollasky Avenue, said she found her store broken into and vandalized with racist graffiti.

As of Saturday, Clovis police were investigating and looking to identify the perpetrators in the incident, which authorities are calling a hate crime. 

Clovis City Council member Bob Whalen created a GoFundMe for Wapner, and other city officials, including the mayor, denounced the incident Saturday.

In a statement, CAIR-CC Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain said:

“We condemn this appalling attack on a small, local Black-owned business. We stand in solidarity with Chanel and the Black community and will not remain silent in the face of racism and hate. We must unite to confront and challenge bigotry in all forms. We encourage anyone with information about this incident to come forward.”

Hussain urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR Central California’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report at http://bit.ly/cairsvcccivilrights.

CAIR-CC is an office of CAIR, 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.

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CONTACT: Outreach and Youth Coordinator Hasna El-Nounou, hel-nounou@cair.com, 916-441-6269

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