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CAIR-San Diego to Join Interfaith Leaders, Public Officials in Response to ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/2/18) – Tomorrow, the San Diego Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a press conference in response to “Punish a Muslim Day” fliers circulating on social media. Those fliers, which were originally distributed in Britain, have gained notoriety in the last few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, causing distress in American Muslim communities.

Joining CAIR-San Diego at the press conference will be members of Muslim community, Forum on Religious Freedom, San Diego Human Relations Commission, interfaith partners and community leaders.

WHAT: Press Conference on “Punish a Muslim Day”

WHEN: Tomorrow, April 3, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 7710 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111

CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, hmohebi@cair.com

Last week, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters urged the nation’s Muslim community to increase security measures after the anonymous letter was delivered to several mosques in London declaring April 3 as “Punish a Muslim Day.”

SEE: CAIR-National Advisory on ”˜Punish a Muslim Day’

The Punish a Muslim Day campaign has caused concern within the Muslim community, with some parents wondering whether to keep their children home from school that day.

A counter-campaign to promote solidarity for the Muslim community on April 3 is also in circulation on social media.

SEE: ”˜Love a Muslim Day Campaign’

In a statement, CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi said:

“We cannot allow such shameful and cowardly campaigns to spread fear and intimidation.  The American Muslim community will stand united and strong against any kind of bigotry and hate. This hate campaign offers an opportunity for people of conscious to stand on the right side of history. Keeping silent is not an option at such moments.”

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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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