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CAIR: Northeast Ohio Muslims to Co-Host ‘Teatime for Peace’ to Challenge Islamophobia, Stereotypes

CAIR Ohio(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 10/5/16) – On Tuesday, October 18, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland), West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church and local religious, civil society and social justice groups will co-host a “Teatime for Peace†event to provide the chance to get to know the local Muslim community and to help dispel stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

The event is part of a series of interfaith gatherings being held in Cuyahoga, Summit and Lake counties designed to foster support for the Muslim community in light of increasing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric in American politics and media.

WHAT: Teatime for peace

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Baker Community Room

CONTACT: West Shore Unitarian Church Event Organizer April Stoltz, 216.571.0282, aprilstoltz@sbcglobal.net; CAIR Cleveland Board Member Isam Zaiem, 216.337.7928 or isamz@scbglobal.net

“If you are distraught and saddened by the hate talk and ugly speech against the Muslim faith, this event provides a remedy,†said April Stoltz, co-organizer of the event and member of West Shore Church. “This event is a chance to counter fear and hate with honest connection and conversation through getting to know one’s Muslim neighbors right here in our local community.â€

The event is co-sponsored by Algebra Teahouse; Cleveland Peace Action; Coalition for a Better Life/Peace in the Hood; Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland Chapter;  Muslim Association of Cleveland East (MACE Mosque); The Madinah Project; Turkish Cultural Center; West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church; and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice.

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-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247 or 216.440.2247, jshearson@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202.744.7726, ihooper@cair.com

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