(LOS ANGELES, CA – 7/22/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today denounced an Islamophobic Facebook post by Maywood City Clerk Gerardo Mayagoitia and called for his resignation.
On Tuesday morning, Mayagoitia posted an image of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center with the caption:
“I Haven’t Forgotten 9-11 Have You??
“Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi Omar has No Problem with what happened on 911 as a Matter of fact she belongs to CAIR an Organization that supports Terrorist who were involved on the attack of the World Trade Center.”
A review of Mayagoitia’s Facebook account shows numbers posts about conspiracies linked to the Black Lives Matter Movement and Reps. Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, dubbed “The Squad.”
In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:
“It is reprehensible that an elected official would use their social media to spew such hatred and bigotry. Mr. Mayagoitia is making blatantly false accusations about Rep. Omar and CAIR, as well as evoking painful imagery to exploit a national tragedy.
“Anti-Muslim hate has exponentially increased over the past few years, thanks to the normalization of hate speech, especially from positions of power. We call for Mr. Mayagoitia to apologize for his post and resign from his position.”
State and local elected officials were quick to condemn Mayagoitia’s post.
In post on Facebook, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63) said:
“The comments Maywood City Clerk Gerardo Mayagoitia made on his Facebook regarding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar are not just ignorant, they’re divisive and offensive. I stand with CAIR – Greater Los Angeles and every Muslim member of our SELA community. We will not allow hate to divide us.”
In another post, City of Bell Mayor Ali Saleh said:
“CAIR is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization, and is also America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Part of its mission is to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.
“Mr. Mayagoitia’s post was anything but positive. It was hateful and dangerous, considering his elected City position …
“I always chose to ignore Mr. Mayagoitia’s comments, but today, I can no longer ignore them. These are unprecedented times for everyone, and creating more divisiveness is not the solution.”
Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at: https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.
CAIR-LA is Southern California’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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org