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CAIR-Oregon Condemns Racist Graffiti Spray-Painted on School

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 9/5/17) — The Oregon Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today condemned racist graffiti that was spray-painted on a Troutdale school.

According to the Portland Tribune, buildings were vandalized and racist graffiti was spotted at Sweetbriar Elementary school on Sunday, September 3.

SEE: Hateful graffiti spotted at Troutdale school

The incident comes in the wake of another hate crime in Troutdale back in March, in which a man of Baha’i faith returned to find his home full of Islamophobic graffiti.

“This type of graffiti at a school is meant to intimidate children and is completely unacceptable,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan. “As Oregonians, we must do more to stop white supremacy within our communities and advocate for significant hate crime reform.”

A vigil is will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 8-9pm at Sweetbriar City Park.

SEE: Light a Candle Against Hate

CAIR-Oregon has been assisting victims of an Islamophobic incident in Northeast Portland that occurred on May 29.

SEE: Police Arrest Man Who Harassed Portland Muslim Couple

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.

SEE: The Organizer of a Muslim Legal Defense Group Seeks a Swifter Response to Hate in Oregon

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

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:      

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    

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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