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CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Hate Messages, Threats Targeting Maryland Muslim Teen Board of Education Candidate

(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/15/18) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a press conference in Baltimore, Md. with the student and family members to announce a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator responsible for hate messages and threats sent to a Maryland Muslim student who recently ran a campaign to become student member of the Montgomery County Public Schools’ Board of Education.

Sent between May 9 and May 10, the messages made references to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan and read: “Choke on ur hijab terrorist b*tch,” “GTFO of my country,” “Why tf do you even breath” and “Slit ur wrists Mohammed’s wh*re.” One note advised the student to be grateful she lost (by a narrow margin), otherwise the hate message’s author would have “shot up MCPS.”

WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Announce Reward for Info on Hate Messages, Threats Targeting Muslim Student Candidate

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 4:15 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D,Baltimore, MD 21228

CONTACT: CAIR Director of MD Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com,410-971-6062

“We encourage anyone who has information about these vile, disparaging, bias-motivated messages to contact law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “These cowardly attempts to discourage Muslim-Americans from participating in civic and political engagement will not be successful. CAIR will continue to strongly challenge the emboldening of bigotry and hatred in our society that promotes this type of intolerance.”

Recently, CAIR also offered a reward for information on an attack targeting a Muslim student on a community college campus in Kansas.

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Offers Reward for Info on Attack Targeting Muslim Student

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/15129-cair-kansas-offers-reward-for-info-on-attack-targeting-muslim-student.html

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE:  CAIR Condemns Apparent Anti-Semitic Attack Targeting University Students in Maryland

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/15125-cair-condemns-apparent-anti-semitic-attack-targeting-university-students-in-maryland.html   

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

New CAIR Report: Trump’s Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/15106-new-cair-report-trump-s-muslim-bans-increased-anti-muslim-discrimination-violence-2.html

Community members are being urged 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 launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair. com/app     

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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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