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CAIR-Iowa Condemns Distribution of Hate Literature by Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist Group

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 9/2/17) — The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned distribution in that state of hate literature by a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group.

CAIR-Iowa has received reports that fliers, produced by the National Alliance group and headlined “They HATE Us,” are being distributed throughout eastern Iowa, western Illinois and specifically in the Rock Island and Quad Cities areas. The racist and anti-immigrant fliers, which list a Tennessee address, are reportedly being placed on cars and on the doors of homes.

SEE: National Alliance

“This outreach effort by a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group is symptomatic of the unprecedented rise in hatred and bigotry nationwide in recent months,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer. “All Iowans, and all Americans, must stand up and challenge this disturbing spike in white supremacy.”

Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.

SEE: CAIR-Iowa Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Anti-Muslim Message Left at Mosque

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, mamer@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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