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CAIR-SV/CC Expresses Solidarity With Japanese Community, Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Church 

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/30/2021) – The Sacramento Valley / Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC) today called on local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparent vandalism of the Japanese-American Presbyterian Church in Sacramento as a hate crime. 

Just yesterday, a suspect broke into one of the oldest Japanese-American churches in Sacramento and smashed a sign but did not take anything. 

SEE: Japanese-American Presbyterian Church In Sacramento Vandalized

In a statement, CAIR-SV/CC Executive Director Basim Elkarra said: 

“We express our solidarity with and support for the Japanese American community in the wake of this desecration of a place of worship. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on all our houses of worship, and we urge the SPD to investigate this incident as a hate crime.” 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.       

CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

CONTACT: Communications Manager Zoha Raza, 408.418.6902, 


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