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CAIR-LA ‘Ice Cream & Unity’ Event to Recognize Business for Standing Against Bigotry

CAIR logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/27/2016) – On Saturday, May 28, the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic-Relations of (CAIR-LA) will host an “Ice Cream & Unity†event to recognize the owners of Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert in Orange for taking a stand against Islamophobia.

WHAT: CAIR-LA “Ice Cream & Unity†Event to Recognize Andrew's Ice Cream for Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia

WHEN: Between 10 a.m. – Noon PST, Saturday, May 28

WHERE: Andrew's Ice Cream and Desserts, 1549 E Katella Ave, Ste C, Orange, CA 92867

CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad at (714) 851-4851 or email oahmad@cair.com

More information on the event can be found in the facebook event page here.

Two Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves (hijab) were harassed recently by another customer at Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert shop in Orange, Calif. “I don’t want them in my country,†the man yelled at the women, as shown in a cellphone video.

SEE: Women Wearing Headscarves Harassed by Another Customer in Orange Ice Cream Shop | OC Register

The video went viral on Twitter, receiving more than 24,000 likes and 22,472 retweets, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Cynthia Ramsey, who is the owner of Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert along with her husband Greg, and their employee Jesse Noah, responded in support of the Muslim women and escorted the man out of the shop.

“The store owner and employee who stood up for what’s right showed there is no room for hatred in America,†said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “The two young women held their composure and responded in a courageous and dignified manner.â€

CAIR-LA will recognize the owners and staff as “Champions of Justice†in a brief ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 28, in appreciation for the owners and staffs’ response to Islamophobic comments directed to two Muslim women.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad at (714) 776-1847 or email oahmad@cair.com

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