(DENVER, CO., 9/5/2021) – The Colorado branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado) today called for a probe into a possible bias motive for acts of vandalism targeting a nonprofit that assists immigrants and migrants.
Over the past month, the Village Exchange Center, an Aurora, Colo. based nonprofit organization that provides assistance to immigrants and migrants has been targeted with vandalism seven times. On Friday night, a shed in the community garden and the machinery and equipment it contained were destroyed by a fire. The Village Exchange Center operates a pantry that regularly feeds 5,000 people. The group planned on supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to the people they serve through the garden.
The group’s executive director said the attacks started with pumpkins and watermelons being destroyed. Then, water lines were pulled out of the dirt. In addition to the $14,000 shed, the executive director said an estimated $10,000 worth of farm equipment was lost in the fire. She said she believed the attacks were motivated by hate.
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In a statement, CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole said:
“These disturbing attacks come at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise. Authorities must conduct a probe of a possible bias motive investigation for these vandalisms, and hold those responsible to account. We must not allow bigots and racists to intimidate citizens seeking to help those in need.”
Cole said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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