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CAIR-Kansas to Join Interfaith, Civil Rights Groups for “Unity Rally and Iftar” in Response to Anti-Islam Protest

chapter logos kansas(KANSAS CITY, KS, 6/10/2017) — On Saturday, June 10, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join other civil rights and interfaith organizations at a “Unity Rally and Iftar” in Kansas City to respond to the hate group ACT for America’s planned anti-Muslim protests in Kansas City and across the country.

More than 300 Kansas City area residents are expected to attend the Unity Rally and Iftar. [NOTE:  An “iftar” is a Ramadan fast-breaking meal.]

WHAT: Kansas City Area Civil Rights and Interfaith Groups Host Unity Rally and Iftar meal

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.

WHERE: The grounds of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, Kansas 66215

CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, melbayoumy@cair.com

Leaders from Interfaith and Social Justice Groups will be in attendance.

The leading sponsor of the anti-Islam protests, Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT for America, has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named “Brigitte Gabriel” as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”

Gabriel has argued that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.”

Anti-government and racist groups such Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, American Civil Defense, Three Percenters, and White Lives Mater are also supporting the ACT for America hate rallies.

CAIR: June 10 Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia

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.

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-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, melbayoumy@cair.com;  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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