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CAIR-CT Urges Stepped-up Security Measures After White Substance, Hate Mail Sent to Connecticut Mosque

(HARTFORD, CT, 9/21/18)- The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) is calling for stepped-up security by Islamic institutions in that state after a letter containing a white substance and hate mail with derogatory comments about Islam was received this morning by the Islamic Center of New London.

The mosque caretaker immediately contacted the police and no one else was exposed to the substance. The Groton Police Department and the FBI are investigating this incident as a hate crime. 

SEE: White Powder Discovered In Groton Mosque, Police Say

In a statement, CAIR-Connecticut Executive Director Alicia Strong said:

“We are in contact with mosque officials and law enforcement authorities and will continue to monitor the situation. We advise all Connecticut mosques and other Islamic institutions to remain alert for any suspicious letters or packages. If you do receive anything suspicious notify authorities immediately and report the incident to CAIR-Connecticut.”

She is urging Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.

The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-Austin to Co-Host Safety Workshop in Response to Wave of Vandalism Targeting Muslim Community

https://www.cair.com/cair_austin_to_co_host_safety_workshop_in_response_to_wave_of_vandalism_targeting_muslim_community  

CAIR-Chicago Thanks Sheriff’s Office Following Arrest of Homer Glen Anti-Muslim Vandalism Suspect

https://www.cair.com/cair_chicago_thanks_sherrif_arrest

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018 indicating that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

SEE: CAIR Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter of 2018

https://www.cair.com/cair_report_anti_muslim_bias_incidents_hate_crimes_spike_in_second_quarter_of_2018

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-Connecticut Executive Director Alicia Strong, astrong@cair.com or 860-341-2247

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