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CAIR Launches Maryland ‘Everyday Muslims’ Portrait Series to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Office in that State

(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/28/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced the kick-off of a year-long “Everyday Muslims” portrait series campaign to mark the one-year anniversary of the group’s office in Maryland.

Toward the end of each month, CAIR’s social media campaign will feature ordinary Maryland Muslims improving society in extraordinary ways. Each portrait will be accompanied by a statement about what compels and motivates that individual to serve the community.

January’s portrait features Imam Hassan Amin, executive director of Muslim Social Services Agency based in Baltimore, Md. Imam Amin is a community advocate who works tirelessly to serve some of the area’s most vulnerable populations including refugees.

The goal of the year-long series is to celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and challenge islamophobia by showcasing stories of Maryland Muslims who help enrich the fabric of the state.

“One of the best ways to dispel stereotypes and offset anti-Muslim bigotry is by highlighting positive stories of individuals who embody the teachings of our faith to make their communities a better place through both words and action,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “CAIR is proud to mark this milestone by profiling silent heroes and change-makers who contribute to society by exemplifying some of the most honorable attributes encouraged in Islam.”

The CAIR Office in Maryland opened on January 27, 2018, on what was then the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s first anti-Muslim travel ban that separated families, impacted refugees and prohibited travel to the United States from several Muslim majority countries.

According to CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ”˜Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period.

The civil rights organization has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since President Donald Trump took office after the 2016 election.

CAIR 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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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