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CAIR: Muslims to Protest Wachovia’s Closure of Charity Account

CAIR: Muslims to Protest Wachovia’s Closure of Charity Account
Bank won’t say why it closed account of VA Muslim charity serving victims of domestic violence

(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/4/2006) – On Monday, May 8, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to announce a campaign in response to Wachovia Bank’s unexplained closure of a Virginia Muslim charity’s account.

WHAT: Press Conference Announcing Campaign to Protest Closure of
Muslim Charity’s Account
WHEN: Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: In front of Wachovia Bank, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC

In November, 2005, Wachovia Bank sent a letter to the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH), a small Muslim run charity in Northern Virginia, announcing that the organization’s accounts would be closed in January, 2006. The organization’s accounts were in good standing it all times during its several-year relationship with Wachovia and the bank never expressed concern about the charity or its activities. Wachovia Senior Vice President Jeraldine Davis wrote: “As you are aware the Bank’s contract with FAITH provides that the Bank can close any customer’s account at any time.”

FAITH, a charity providing aid to individuals and families that are needy or victims of domestic violence within the Northern Virginia area, serves people of all faiths and ethnicities. SEE: http://www.faithus.org/

CONTACT: FAITH Board Treasurer Margaret Farchtchi, 703-850-8555, E-Mail: farchtchim@hotmail.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor, 571-278-4658, E-Mail: csaylor@cair-net.org; MAS Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray, 202-421-3623

 

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