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CAIR: Sacramento Muslims, LGBTQ and Interfaith Leaders to Respond to‪ #‎Orlando Night Club Shooting

cair ca logo(SACRAMENTO, CA – 6/12/16) – Later today, the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO), an umbrella organization of Muslim organizations in the Sacramento Valley which the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic is a member of, alongside The Sacramento LGBT Community Center, will hold a press conference and rally to condemn the deadly shooting spree at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left at least 50 people dead and another 53 injured.

WHAT: #‎SacStandsWithOrlando Press Conference and Rally WHO: Darrell Steinberg, Mayor-elect; Steve Hansen, Councilmember; Carlos Marquez, LGBT Community Center Board President; Basim Elkarra, CAIR-SV Executive Director WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  WHERE: 2000 K Street, Sacramento, CA (20th & K St)  CONTACT: CAIR-SV Consultant Maheen Ahmed,, 916.605.6099; COSVIO Board Member Waseem Bawa,, 916.399.3985

CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra said in a statement:

“We are horrified by this atrocious hate crime and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. We also offer our support and allyship to the LGBTQ community, which has been a faithful ally against Islamophobia. The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence.”

A crowdfunding campaign launched by American Muslims to support the families of the Orlando shooting victims has raised over $16,000 so far, according to the most recent update.

SEE: American Muslims Respond: Fundraiser for Victims' Families#‎Muslims4Pulse…/muslims_united_for_victims_of_…

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.

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COSVIO Statement: Sacramento Valley Muslims Condemn the Attack on the Orlando Nightclub

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 6/12/16) – The Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO) which includes the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), today expressed sympathy for the victims and their families after the horrific attacks that left more at least 50 people dead and many more injured.

In a statement, Sacramento Valley Muslim leaders said: “We express our sympathy for the victims of this senseless act of violence and offer condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured. Such heinous attacks are antithetical to the ideals of civilized society. These acts have no basis or precedent in any faith.”

We commend the Orlando area Muslims for participating in a blood donation drive for those who have been injured in the mass shooting.

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