(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the opening of a new chapter in Oregon.
CAIR-Oregon has been active in assisting victims of hate crimes across the state.
In the wake of the Portland MAX stabbings, the chapter supported victims of the tragedy and has provided ongoing support to those families. CAIR-Oregon also continues to support hate crime victims in other cases.
The chapter has been active in community organizing through the Portland Stands United Against Hate (PSUAH) coalition, which has organized several anti-hate rallies and events.
CAIR-Oregon has also been active in engaging in conversations with community organizations, police departments and government officials across the state to enact comprehensive hate crime reforms.
At the beginning of October, the chapter — in association with several other groups – will launch a hate crime reform platform on their website (cairoregon.org) that local and state governments can adopt.
The new CAIR chapter joins more than 30 regional offices and chapters of the civil rights organization, which is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Community members interested in starting a CAIR office in their state are invited to participate in a webinar to learn more about the process involved in forming a new chapter.
WHAT: Webinar – How to Start a CAIR Chapter in Your State
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. EDT
Earlier this year, CAIR announced the addition of new chapters and offices in Colorado, Kentucky and Austin, Texas.
CAIR also announced that it is opening a new satellite office in West Virginia. Satellite offices are an extension of CAIR’s national headquarters and seek to increase its presence at the grassroots level.
SEE: Muslim civil rights organization to open WV affiliate (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
West Virginia State Director Job Description
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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/report
CAIR’S 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Chapter Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Oregon Board Chair Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, email@example.com