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CAIR-San Diego and East County Justice Coalition to Demand Firing of Cajon Valley Union School District VP

SAN DIEGO, CA, 9/24/2018) – On Tuesday, September 25, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will attend a Cajon Valley School District board meeting to call for the firing of Vice-Principal Gregory Calvert of Chase Elementary School.

At the board meeting, CAIR-San Diego and allies such as the and East County Justice Coalition will also call on leaders of the community and students to voice their demands and concerns.

CAIR-San Diego has received several complaints from concerned parents regarding harassment under Calvert’s leadership, specifically cases targeting Syrian Muslim refugees. Calvert has ignored the safety of his administration, staff and most importantly students for far too long. CAIR-San Diego is asking for the update and implementation of a new school bullying policy to protect all students.

A CAIR-San Diego representative will speak to the Cajon Valley Union School Board about these allegations.

WHAT: CAIR-San Diego and East County Justice Coalition Demand Termination of Vice-Principal Calvert of Cajon Valley Union School District
WHEN:  Tuesday, September 25, 5:30pm-7:00pm
WHERE: 750 E. Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Advocacy and Policy Coordinator Mejgan Afshan, (858) 278-4547, mafshan@cair.com

A study done by CAIR’s California chapter reported that more than half of American Muslim students experience some form of bullying based on their religious identity. This is twice the national average for students who report being bullied at school.

SEE: 2017 CAIR-CA Bullying Report

Data shows cases of anti-Muslim bullying in schools on the rise

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices”, which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, (202) 744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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