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CAIR: Missouri Muslims to Rally at Capitol in Support of Syrian Refugees, Against Islamophobia

CAIR logo(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/12/2016) – On Tuesday, February 16, the Bring Them Here Coalition and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-ST. Louis) will rally on the front steps of the Jefferson City Capitol Building to call on the state legislature to address growing Islamophobia and to welcome Syrian Refugees to Missouri. Tuesday’s rally is part of during the third annual Muslim Capitol Day.

SEE: 2016 Refugee Welcome & Muslim Lobby Day

WHAT: Rally on Capitol Steps to Address Islamophobia and Welcome Syrian Refugees

WHEN: Tuesday February 16, 11:40 A.M.

WHERE: Front Steps of Jefferson City Capitol Building, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, faizan@cair-stl.org

Some 200 Missourians of different faiths will visit the State Capitol for the “Refugees Welcome and Muslim Capitol Day.†The goal is to address the troubling rise of Islamophobia in Missouri and nationwide. The group also hopes to counter the xenophobic rhetoric coming out of Jefferson city as it relates to welcoming Syrian Refugees.

SEE: Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Syrian Refugees Be Put Into Internment Camps

“We expect our state legislature to address the growing trend of Islamophobia by speaking out against it and voting against anti-religion bills that have come up every year in Missouri,†said Faizan Syed executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. “We find it unacceptable that the state legislature is even considering building World War II-style internment camps for Syrian refugees or barring them from entering our state. We want Missouri to be a welcoming state for all refugees fleeing violence and persecution.â€

The rally will consist of speeches from various community leaders from across the State.

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-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

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