Muslim civil rights group will distribute free packets of â€œISLAMOPHOBIN,â€ a mock-medicine designed to â€œcureâ€ Islamophobia
(CLEVELAND, OH, 7/17/16) â€“ On Monday, July 18, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference at the site of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, to challenge the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim stance of the GOPâ€™s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and of other party officials and representatives.
MEDIA NOTE – CAIRâ€™s news conference will be livestreamed on its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational
At the press conference, CAIR will distribute free packets of â€œISLAMOPHOBIN,â€ a mock-medicine designed to â€œcureâ€ Islamophobia. (NOTE: ISLAMOPHOBIN is actually sugar-free-chewing gum.)
WHAT: CAIR GOP Convention News Conference to Challenge Republican Party Islamophobia
WHEN: Monday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Cleveland on â€œMall Aâ€ (Across from Key Tower, Between St. Clair Ave. NE & Rockwell Ave, Just Off of West Mall Drive)
WHO: National and local Muslim leaders, including CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad; CAIR National Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw; CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson; and others
â€œIt is time the GOP and its presumptive presidential nominee repudiate Islamophobia and the politics of fear targeting Muslims and other minority groups,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR condemned last weekâ€™s terror attack in France and also condemned a suggestion by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious â€œtestingâ€ and possible deportation of â€œevery person here who is of a Muslim background.â€
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Since the recent attack in France, CAIR has received reports of a number of hate incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions.
CAIR recently demanded that Donald Trump â€œstop the bigotryâ€ after he falsely claimed on Fox News that assimilation of American Muslims is â€œpretty closeâ€ to nonexistent and that a â€œpercentageâ€ of American Muslims â€œwant to do what this maniac did in Orlando.â€ Trump also repeated his call for surveillance of American mosques.
Earlier this year, CAIR said Donald Trumpâ€™s continued use of a debunked myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pigâ€™s blood was endangering ordinary American Muslims who were already facing a surge in hate.
CAIR has previously stated that Trumpâ€™s pigâ€™s blood claim and other instances of his Islamophobic rhetoric, including his calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, his false claim that â€œIslam hates us,â€ his refusal to rule out special IDs for American Muslims, and his willingness to consider closing down American mosques place millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Trumpâ€™s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.htmlÂ Â Â
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202.744.7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Cleveland Chapter Executive Director Julia A. Shearson, 216.440.2247, email@example.com, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter Board Member, Isam Zaiem, 216.337.7928, firstname.lastname@example.org