(PORTLAND, OREGON, 9/12/17) — The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a hate crime.
Vandals spray-painted “ISIS” on the Abu-Bakar Islamic Center in Portland, Ore., over the weekend.
“Given the proximity to the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, and the unprecedented rise in hate incidents targeting minority communities nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this vandalism as a bias-motivated crime,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan.
Khan noted that CAIR-Oregon recently condemned racist graffiti that was spray-painted on a Troutdale school.
CAIR-Oregon has been meeting with government officials and community organizations throughout the summer to advocate for hate crime reforms on local, state and federal levels.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states.
CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.”
A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
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 recently 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 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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