(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2017) — Later today, representatives of the Oregon Ad Hoc Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) will take part in a candlelight vigil for two men who were stabbed to death yesterday as they sought to defend Muslim train passengers from an attacker shouting Islamophobic and racist slurs, and for a third man injured in that incident. [NOTE: CAIR is in the process of forming a chapter in Oregon.] #PortlandHeroes
The vigil, with the theme “In Solidarity We are United,” is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3.
WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack
WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213
CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan, ZakirKhan626@gmail.com, 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, Hussainisaab@gmail.com, 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com
Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223
A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute.
Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims’ families. Select the category “Portland Heroes – Families of the MAX incident” at: https://us.mohid.co/or/portland/bma/masjid/online/donation
Yesterday, CAIR’s national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.
CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan.
CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”
CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.
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 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.
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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org