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CAIR-SFBA: San Francisco Officials to Denounce Islamophobic Bus Ads

What: City leaders, in conjunction with the Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the Ramallah Club, churches, mosques and other key community leaders from the Arab and Muslim communities, will hold a press conference to denounce Islamophobic and racist advertisements by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Last August, San Franciscans were outraged over AFDI advertisements on MUNI that referred to Arabs and Muslims as “savages.” The new ads scheduled to run on MUNI buses today wrongly suggest that all Muslims are defined by extremism and violence. Board President David Chiu will introduce a resolution condemning the anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim advertisements at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Who: District Attorney George Gascón and Board President David Chiu, who will be joined by several other elected officials from the city and county of San Francisco

When: Today, Monday, March 11th at 1 p.m. PST

Where: Steps of San Francisco City Hall (Civic Center Side), One Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, zbilloo@cair.com; Asian Law Caucus Staff Attorney Nasrina Bargzie, 925.330.1163, nasrinab@asianlawcaucus.org; DA Gascón's Office Representative Stephanie Ong Stillman, 415.553.1167 or 415.740.5134, stephanie.ong.stillman@sfgov.org

For background, see:

Video: CAIR Responds to New Anti-Islam Ads Placed in DC Metro Stations
Talking Back to Anti-Muslim Subway Ads
Southern Poverty Law Center: Pamela Geller
CAIR Islamophobe Profile of Pamela Geller and Stop Islamization of America
Pamela Geller: CPAC is 'Enforcing the Sharia' (Salon)
CAIR: In Chicago, Dueling Ads over the Meaning of 'Jihad' (NPR)

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