(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/9/07) – On Wednesday, October 10, the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), along with Muslim and interfaith community leaders, will hold a noon news conference in reaction to a weekend incident in which a group of people smashed car windows and attacked worshipers at a Bakersfield, Calif., mosque. Slurs such as “Arab terrorists” and “go home terrorists” were allegedly used by the perpetrators.
CAIR-LA officials say the news conference will also offer an opportunity to commend local law enforcement authorities for their prompt and professional response to the incident, which is being investigated as a “hate crime” by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.
The Muslim advocacy group is conducting its own review of the incident and has contacted the FBI to ask that possible federal civil rights violations be investigated.
WHAT: News Conference in Reaction to Attack on Bakersfield Mosque
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, Noon
WHERE: Islamic Center of San Joaquin Valley, 701 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847 or 714-851-4851, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.