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CAIR-San Antonio to Join Progressive, Interfaith Partners in Condemning Hate Group’s Anti-Mosque Event

chapter logos texas(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 2/22/17) – On Thursday, February 23, the San Antonio, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) will join progressive, interfaith organizations* and elected officials at a news conference to condemn an anti-mosque event hosted that evening by the hate group ACT for America. 

WHAT: Interfaith Coalition/Progressive Groups to Condemn Hate Group’s Anti-Mosque Event

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Outside Village Parkway Baptist Church, 3002 Village Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78251

CONTACT: CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528,

SPONSORS: Council on American-Islamic Relations San Antonio chapter (CAIR-San Antonio), Jewish Voice for Peace of San Antonio (JVP-SA), Indivisible 21, Iraq Veterans Against War, San Antonio (IVAR-SA), Move-SA, Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), San Antonio Peace Center, Vets Against Islamophobia in Common Defense PAC.

SPEAKERS: Sarwat Husain: President CAIR-SA.

Statements will be read from Congressman Joaquin Castro: Dist. 20, Congressman Lloyd Doggett Dist. 35, and Rep. Diana Arevalo Dist. 16.

Other Speakers include: Manuel Medina: Chair Bexar County Democratic Party, Judith Norman: JVP, Trish Florence: Indivisible 21, Sheikh Said Atif, MCECC.

The ACT for America event features a speaker who will outline how to “push back” against the constitutionally-protected construction of mosques in Texas and around the nation. The mission statement of the San Antonio chapter of the ACT for America hate group states: “Islamic ideology if implemented partially or fully denies US citizens their individual rights granted by God and guaranteed in the American Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

ACT San Antonio Meeting – Karen Lugo, Attorney: Mosques in America  

Sarwat Husain, president of CAIR-San Antonio, said: “The distorted and un-American message offered by hate groups can result in hate crimes, such as the attacks on five mosques in our state in the past few months.”

ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named “Brigitte Gabriel” as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”

SPLC: Anti-Muslim Inner Circle

ACT for America Backgrounder:

ACT for America is a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel.” “Gabriel” has stated that an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Tudor said, “Absolutely.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel (ACT for America)   

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America  

  Her hate group’s anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post exposé.

SEE: This group believes Islam threatens America: ”˜It’s a spiritual battle of good and evil.’ 

A member of ACT for America allegedly attended a recent meeting in North Carolina at which the killing of Muslims was reportedly suggested.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Feds to Probe Call to Violence Against U.S. Muslims at N.C. Meeting of Hate Groups

Video: FBI Probes North Carolina Threats to ‘Kill’ American Muslims (CAIR)

CAIR is monitoring a troubling spike in hate incidents targeting the American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

Video: CAIR-Alabama Says Other Mosques May Have Received Threats

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

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 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-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper 202-744-7726,


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