(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/24/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) in support of a resolution the senator introduced commemorating the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and affirming that America must stand against xenophobic sentiments directed to members of Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
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â€œThe internment of Japanese Americans during World War II remains a dark time in our nationâ€™s history,â€Â said Senator Hirono. â€œYet, today we hear echoes of the sentiments of 1942 directed toward members of the Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. Mahalo to the Council on American-Islamic Relations for standing with me to recognize that we cannot repeat the mistakes of our past, and that the diversity of our nation is what makes America strong.â€
In a statement of support for Sen. Hironoâ€™s resolution, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
â€œAs a nation, we have a responsibility to learn from our darkest chapters. In marking the forced internment of Japanese Americans, we must commit ourselves to never again persecute our fellow citizens on the basis of their ancestry, nationality, race, religion, culture, or traditions. As we now live in a time of toxic political rhetoric and violence against American Muslim citizens, let us learn from the past and not repeat it.â€
A broad coalition of civil rights organizations has backed the measure, including: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Muslim Advocates, the Sikh Coalition, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
The resolution is co-sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Patty Murray (D-WA).Â To read Senator Hironoâ€™s resolution, go to: https://www.hirono.senate.gov/download/day-of-remembrance-resolution
CAIR is 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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