(HARTFORD,Â CT, 11-19-2015) â€“ On Friday, November 20, the Connecticut office of the CouncilÂ on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR-CT), interfaith and community leaders and the ACLU in Connecticut will hold a press conference to condemn the terrorist attacks in France, Lebanon, and Turkey, and to call for unity against xenophobia and Islamophobia. Also, the group applauds the principled and courageous stance that Gov. Malloy took in welcoming victims of the Assad regime and the terrorist group Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) to our state.
WHAT: Press Conference to Condemn Violence and Islamophobia, Applaud Gov. Malloy for Welcoming Victims of ISIS to the State
WHEN:Â Friday Nov 20th, 2015 at 11 A.M.
WHERE: Connecticut State Capitol, LOBÂ 300 Capitol Ave. Hartford CT, Room (TBA)
CONTACT:Â Mongi Dhaouadi, CAIR-CT Executive Director, Ph: (860) 514-8038, email:Mdhaouadi@cair.com
Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim, Resident Imam of Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, said: â€œwe stand to condemn the terrorist attacks in France, Turkey, Lebanon, Nigeria, and elsewhere in the world, and we call on all people of our state and nation to reject Islamophobia and the fear-mongering that is gripping our country. There is a growing trend of hate crimes against Muslims and mosques around the country and our state is clearly not immune from that.â€
Stephen Glassman, Executive Director of ACLU in Connecticut, said: â€œThe American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut applauds the leadership that many of our elected officials have displayed by bucking the anti-refugee, fear-mongering, Islamophobic demagoguery of many other statesâ€™ governors.Â By reinforcing our commitment to welcome people in desperate circumstances, Governor Dannel Malloy, Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal and many others, are not just honoring basic human decency but also the laws of this country. â€œ
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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