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CAIR-MA: Vandalized Mass. Mosque to Hold Interfaith ‘We Are Americans’ Event

CAIRSeeksHateCrimeProbeofUSAVandalismTargetingMassMosque(BURLINGTON, MA, 11/3/15) – On Wednesday, November 4, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) will take part in an interfaith “We are Americans” event at the Islamic Center of Burlington in Burlington, Mass., in the wake of hate vandalism targeting the mosque. 

Yesterday CAIR-MA called for a hate crime investigation of “USA†graffiti spray-painted repeatedly on the exterior walls of the Islamic center. The graffiti was an apparent reference to a common Islamophobic theme that Muslims are not “real†Americans.†Two men have been charged in the case.

Video: CAIR-MA Says Mosque Vandalism Reflects Growing Islamophobia

Burlington Teens Arrested in Mosque Vandalism Incident (Boston Globe)

At Wednesday’s “We are Americans” event, members of the mosque and local interfaith leaders will re-tag the vandalized walls of the mosque with more positive messages about Islam and religious diversity in America before the hate graffiti is painted over.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Islamic Center of Burlington; 130 Lexington Street, Burlington, MA 01803

CONTACT: CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, (617) 862-9159, e-mail: jrobbins@cair.com

CAIR-MA is calling for hate crime charges to be brought against the alleged perpetrators. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for an FBI hate crime probe of the second act of vandalism targeting a Nebraska mosque.

VIDEO: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe 2nd Vandalism Targeting Nebraska Mosque

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-Massachusetts Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, 617-862-9159, jrobbins@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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