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CAIR-Oregon Rep to Attend Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Trial

(PORTLAND, OR, 4/11/2018) — The Oregon Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) will attend today’s trial of a man who allegedly threatened an African-American Muslim couple with “Serious physical injury” because of their “race, religion and national origin. The story earned national headlines last year.

CAIR-Oregon will have a representative available to speak to the media after the trial.

WHAT: Frederick Sorrell Hate Crime Case

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204, Courtroom 330 – Judge Benjamin Souede

CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Board Chair, Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, CAIR-Oregon Board Member Seemab Hussaini, 310-948-2040

Frederick Nolan Sorell, 49, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of intimidation resulting from the May 29 incident. Sorrell allegedly drove next to the Muslim couple for more than 20 blocks, attempted to hit their vehicle several times and reportedly shouted “take off the f***ing burka, this is America, go back to your f***ing country” before making a hand gesture several times — pointed at the couple — mimicking pulling the trigger of a handgun.

SEE: Police Arrest Man Who Told Portland Muslim Couple ‘Go Back to Your Country’

CAIR-Oregon worked with public officials and law enforcement authorities to assist the couple and to call for an arrest in the case.

SEE: CAIR-Oregon Calls on Portland Mayor, Police to Act on 2nd Anti-Muslim Incident

The incident occurred following the stabbing deaths of two men who defended a Muslim teenager wearing hijab who was reportedly being harassed by a man shouting slurs on a Portland train.

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 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 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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