(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/9/17) – On Friday, March 10, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and a number of other civil rights organizations* will hold a vigil with members of Congress on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to honor and bring national attention to the victims of hate violence in South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Arab-American communities across the country.
WHEN: Friday, March 10, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Steps on House of Representatives Side (The easiest way to enter is at the intersection of Independence and New Jersey Ave. SE.)
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: Confirmed members of Congress include Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Congressmen Ami Bera (D-CA) and Joe Crowley (D-NY)
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org
[MEDIA NOTE: The news conference will be live-streamed on CAIR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational ] [if
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election. A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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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