(SANTA CLARA, CA, 4/27/2020) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today expressed solidarity with the Asian American community following two apparently bias-motivated attacks last week in the Bay Area.
Last Monday in San Francisco, Amanda Law was reported walking her dogs and was approached by a woman accusing her of not practicing social distancing and shouting “Why doesn’t she go back to where she came from”.
Three days later, on April 23 in San Jose, the windows at a Vietnamese-owned business weresmashed.
Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA Zahra Billoo said in a statement:
“We are outraged at those that would fan the flames of racism and xenophobia as a solution to a public health crisis. There has been an increasing number of hate crimes targeting the Asian American community during this pandemic. We express our concern and solidarity.”
Earlier this month, CAIR-SFBA published a solidarity letter condemning the targeting of Asian American communities through rhetoric and violence and urging members of the American Muslim community to fight back against racism by being present for one another.
CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR-CA, 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.
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