(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 2/16/2016)Â â€“ On Wednesday, February 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLU of OK) will hold a news conference in Oklahoma City to announce the filing of landmark litigation against a so-called â€œMuslim-freeâ€ gun range in Oktaha, Okla.
The Muslim plaintiff in the lawsuit will take part in the news conference.
WHAT:Â Press Conference to Announce Civil Rights Litigation Against â€˜Muslim-Freeâ€™ Gun Range
WHEN:Â Wednesday, February 17, 10 a.m. (Central Time)
WHERE:Â Oklahoma State Capitol Broadcast Press Room (Room 432B), 2300 N. Lincoln Ave., Oklahoma City, 73105
Wednesdayâ€™s news conference comes after CAIR-OK challenged the â€œMuslim-freeâ€ gun range for violating civil rights law by displaying a sign stating that Muslims were banned from the facility.
â€œFor an establishment to ban someone based on their religion is not just reprehensible â€“ it is against the law,â€ said Veronica Laizure, civil rights director for CAIR-OK. â€œWe hope that these owners and others around the country will comply with civil rights law and stop refusing service to customers in this discriminatory and unconstitutional manner.â€
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Last year, CAIRâ€™s national office called on the U.S. Department of Justice to address the growing number of businesses nationwide that have been declared a â€œMuslim-free zone.â€ CAIR said that such declarations came from businesses in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire.
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,Â firstname.lastname@example.org