(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported proposed hate crime bills in South Carolina and Arkansas.
South Carolina and Arkansas are two of three states that do not already have laws addressing hate crimes, or crimes committed with a bias motive.
SEE: Hate-Crime Bills Gain Support in South Carolina, Arkansas
“Hate crimes are a growing problem in our nation, so we must ensure that the laws help protect targeted communities from threats, intimidation and violence,” said CAIR Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen.
She said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Acts of Vandalism in Takoma Park, Md., Welcomes Hate Crime Investigation into Swastika Spray-Painted on Vehicle
In the past, CAIR has supported passing similar hate crime bills in Arkansas and nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Offers Testimony on Hate Crimes Bill in Maryland State Legislature
CAIR Welcomes Introduction of Hate Crime Bill in Arkansas Legislature
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.