(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned hate vandalism targeting a Muslim political candidate’s campaign sign in North Carolina.
Someone vandalized a campaign sign for Zainab Baloch, a candidate for Raleigh City Council, by spray-painting the words “Trump” and “sand n**ger,” along with a crude Nazi swastika across the sign with a photo of Baloch’s face.
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“This type of hate incident seeks to prevent positive civic engagement by all our nation’s citizens, thereby undermining the very foundation of democracy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Americans across the political spectrum must condemn this hate-filled act of intimidation.”
Earlier today, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate repeated “kill ”˜em all” vandalism targeting a Muslim business in New Mexico.
Yesterday, CAIR’s Oregon chapter called on law enforcement authorities in Portland to investigate a threatening message targeting Muslims.
Also yesterday, CAIR’s Washington state chapter condemned multiple instances of Islamophobic fliers and graffiti found on the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham, Wash.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org