(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/18/2019) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a hate rally targeting Muslims and other minorities held earlier today at Towson University in Maryland, and urged action to address an increasingly intolerant climate on campus.
According to witnesses, protestors carrying large signs with obscenities and slurs targeting Muslims and other minority groups were met with hundreds of students who gathered to denounce their bigotry. At least one person was reportedly arrested.
A message sent by the University to students stated in part that Towson University Police Department (TUPD) “relocated and isolated the group the public right of way, communicated to Baltimore County Police Department, and continues to monitor and ensure the safety of our campus community members.”
“CAIR has reached out to university officials to initiate dialogue regarding today’s hate rally,” said CAIR’s Outreach Director for Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “While we thank campus police for taking action to protect students, we also urge university officials to take further action to promote an inclusive and safe environment for all its student body.”
CAIR is calling on the administration to:
- issue a public statement condemning today’s hate rally and reinforcing diversity and inclusivity on campus
- step up campus security for students who feel targeted or vulnerable
- strengthen policies to prohibit incitement against minority groups
- implement measures to offer mental health services to students directly impacted by biased rhetoric
- organize campus-wide events celebrating diversity and inclusivity
Chaudry noted a recent pattern of suspected and confirmed bias-motivated incidents at the university targeting Jewish and other minority students.
Last year, CAIR condemned an anti-Semitic attack against Jewish students.
According to reports, the two students were verbally and physically assaulted by other students because of their Jewish faith.
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org , 410-971-6062