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CAIR-SV & Jewish Voice for Peace to Hold Vigil Against Islamophobia

CAIR logo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/20/16)- Hundreds of Sacramento area Jews, Muslims, members of other faith communities and secular people of conscience will join forces Wednesday and say no to Islamophobia, no to racism and yes to justice.

What: Vigil Against Islamophobia & Racism

When: December 21, 2016 @5:30 PM

Where: State Capitol West Steps

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Local chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), both national organizations, are collaborating to sponsor the event. News of the vigil has met enthusiastic responses in the Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as others, and hundreds are expected to attend. Speakers will include Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, Jewish and Muslim community leaders and others under threat.

“Now, more than ever, on the shortest day of the year, after a dark election season, we must pledge to challenge injustice and build a society rooted in love and dignity for all peoples and communities,” said Nancy Fleischer, a leader of the local JVP chapter. “These days, we must all unite to protect and support each other,” said Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of CAIR-SV.

JVP's Network against Islamophobia will be holding similar events in 30 other cities across the country, timed to coincide with the winter solstice and days before Hanukka, the Jewish festival of light.

Participants will hold electronic “candles” as eight vigilers read aloud from candle-imaged posters stating specific commitments against hate and for justice, one for each night of Hanukka. Among them:

We refuse to be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes;

We condemn state surveillance of the Muslim community;

We fight anti-Muslim profiling and racial profiling in all its forms;

We call for an end to racist policing;

We support the resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their land and water.

Participants will also display and recite teachings from Islam's tradition of commitment to peace and justice.

The Council on American Islamic Relations 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. It has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. JVP's Network Against Islamophobia initiated the Hanukka vigils nationwide.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas 951-259-5105, ycasillas@cair.com; David Mandel, JVP, 916 769-1641

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