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CAIR-Missouri: Muslim Groups to Call on Lewis Reed to Apologize for Islamophobic Attack, Ask Party Leaders to Denounce Behavior

(ST. LOUIS, MO 2/19/2019) – On Wednesday, February 20, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), a chapter of the largest civil liberties and advocacy organization for Muslims in America, will hold a press conference to call on the President of the Board of Alderman, Lewis Reed, to apologize for baseless Islamophobic attacks and for party leaders to denounce this behavior.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20th @ 10:00 A.M. 
WHERE: 
St. Louis City Hall, North Entrance Facing Market St.

CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, fsyed@cair.com

SEE: Lewis Reed plays the Islamophobia card on Nasheed

https://kmox.radio.com/articles/lewis-reed-goes-after-jamilah-nasheed-over-her-name

“We condemn this baseless Islamophobic attack, call on Mr. Reed to apologize and urge party leaders to denounce this sort of behavior,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri.

After the press conference, the representatives of the presenting organizations will visit with members of the Board of Aldermen.

The United States has a documented history of many African Americans who convert to Islam and change their names to reflect their newly found faith. For those individuals, a name change is a part of their new identity and represents a rebirth. Famous examples of this include Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.

Though Islam does not require converts to change their name, many in the community make the change. Malcolm X preached that most African-Americans carry surnames that were the name of their former slave masters and they would change their names to “get out of a slave name.”

After an individual changes their name, they sometimes face belittling comments. People would use their previous name in a pejorative manner. When Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam, many opponents and reporters refused to use his Muslim name.

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-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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