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CAIR-SFBA to Join San Jose City Council to Recognize Muslim Appreciation Month

CAIR logo(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/15/2016) On Tuesday, August 16, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will join San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Ash Kalra, and the San Jose City Council, as they present the local American Muslim community with a proclamation recognizing “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month”. On Monday, August 1, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced House Resolution 59 to proclaim the month of August 2016 as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month” and was joined by 61 co-authors.

WHAT: Presentation of Proclamation to Recognize August 2016 as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month”

WHEN: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, California 95113

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, zbilloo@cair.com; CAIR-SFBA Communications & Outreach Coordinator Nashwah Akhtar, 408.986.9874, nakhtar@cair.com

“Muslim Americans have helped build, defend and strengthen our country, and I'm proud to celebrate the local Muslim community by presenting a proclamation for Muslim American Appreciation Month for the first time in San José,” said Councilmember Ash Kalra. It is my hope that we continue to embrace our diverse community and use this as an opportunity to better understand, recognize and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Muslim Americans.”

“While there has been an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate incidents, it is heartwarming for members of both the California state legislature and San Jose City Council to stand firm with the Muslim community to recognize their contributions in this country,” said CAIR-SFBA Government Relations Coordinator Sameena Usman. “San Jose is home to the South Bay Area's oldest mosque and a thriving American Muslim community.”

CAIR-CA's recently-released Civil Rights Report indicates that bias incidents spiked by 58 percent between 2014 and 2015, which is attributed to public hostility generated by international acts of violence and hateful rhetoric utilized by candidates since the start of the election cycle.

A total of 1,556 incidents were reported to CAIR-California over the course of the 2015-year. These included complaints involving: employment discrimination, federal law enforcement questioning, housing discrimination, immigration issues, hate crimes, school bullying, and several categories.

CAIR-CA is a chapter 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

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