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CAIR Condemns This Weekend’s White Supremacist “Unite the Right 2” Rally in D.C.

Marks One-Year Anniversary of Domestic Acts of Terrorism Targeting Anti-Racist Protesters in Charlottesville, VA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, today issued the following statement in advance of this weekend’s white supremacists’ “Unite the Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House, in Washington, D.C.

CAIR is also encouraging public participation in United to Love Rally taking place on Sunday, August 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more and register for the event.

The United to Love Rally is an initiative of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church and is open to all who believe love is stronger than hate. CAIR is one of the many organizations co-sponsoring the event.

CAIR offered this statement ahead of this weekend’s “Unite the Right 2” rally:

“CAIR marks the one-year anniversary of the domestic acts of terrorism targeting anti-racist protesters that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer and the vicious beating of Deandre Harris at the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia and the University of Virginia, respectively. We urge all Americans to denounce the racist ideology of hate promoted by the alt-right white supremacists that will be gathering under the ”˜Unite the Right’ banner this weekend in front of the White House.

As we remember these terrorist attacks targeting anti-racist protestors, CAIR calls on National Park Service Police, D.C. Police and Metro Transit Police to ensure the safety and security of anti-racist counter-protesters from the violent “Unite the Right 2” supporters who are a threat to public safety.

American Muslims call on President Trump to unequivocally condemn the ”˜Unite the Right 2’ white supremacist rally without assigning blame to ”˜both sides.’

CAIR also calls on the media and journalists to responsibly report on the rally and refrain from covering ”˜both sides’ thereby providing a national platform to white supremacists looking to promote their bigotry.

CAIR prays for the safety of anti-racist activists who oppose those openly committing hate crimes in public and encourages community members to attend alternative counter-protest events held in safe spaces.

Finally, CAIR reminds all anti-racist protestors to know their rights in the event that police target them, as Portland Police recently battered civil rights activists countering a similar right-wing white supremacist ”˜Patriot Prayer’ rally last weekend.”

CAIR 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:

CAIR is 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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,

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