(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned neo-Nazi, white supremacist vandalism targeting an African-American church in Virginia.
Members at Greater Praise Temple Ministries in Dumfries, Va., say they found racist signs including Nazi swastikas, “white power” and Confederate flags posted at the church’s front entrance on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, these types of incidents are occurring with greater frequency due to recent empowerment of hate groups by those who exploit bigotry for political gain or remain silent in the face of rising prejudice and extremism,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIR recently called for a hate crime investigations of racist graffiti in Wilmington, Del., and racist vandalism targeting residents in Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio.
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump
CAIR asks 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
Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org