(PORTLAND, OREGON, 11/12/18) The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today applauded the custom merchandise platform Teespring for removing the online store of the fascist paramilitary group Patriot Prayer from its website.
Earlier this month, CAIR-Oregon made Teespring aware of Patriot Prayer’s violent and hateful rhetoric and actions.
In an email Teespring said, “Our team continues to better understand hate organizations as they evolve. We ban these organizations and individuals from our platforms when we become aware of it.”
In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan said:
“Teespring has shown great courage in standing up to Patriot Prayer by removing the far-right extremist group from its platform. When businesses work with social justice organizations to fight against hate, transformative results are possible.
“Patriot Prayer does not deserve a platform anywhere. The impact of their repeated hateful and violent activities shows what happens when hate goes unchecked. We will continue to challenge hate that negatively impacts already marginalized communities.
“We urge policymakers to focus on the voices and ideas of those most impacted in order to counter hate. We can make a difference when we stand together in this fight against far-right extremism. We all need to oppose threats to our democracy.”
Earlier this month, GivingFuel removed Patriot Prayer from its donation platform after a request from CAIR-Oregon and other allies.
CAIR-Oregon has also received threats from supporters of Patriot Prayer on their Facebook page.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, firstname.lastname@example.org