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CAIR to Coordinate ‘Active Shooter’ Training at Maryland Mosque in Response to Spike in Hate Incidents

CAIR National logo(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/31/17) – On Sunday, April 2, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will coordinate an “active shooter” community training at a Maryland mosque. The training to be offered by a public security professional is in response to a recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide, including a deadly shooting attack on a Canadian mosque, and a political climate that promotes and exploits growing Islamophobia.

WHAT: ‘Active Shooter’ Community Training

WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Masjid An-Nur Foundation, 5418 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh, Md.

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

“We encourage local community members and leaders of all faiths to attend and learn how they can prepare themselves in the event of a potentially-deadly crisis situation,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “In this political climate, it’s more important than ever to adequately increase security for minority communities that face growing threats.”

She noted that since the beginning of the year, there have been 35 incidents targeting mosques in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR: This Map Shows How Many Mosques Have Been Targeted Just This Year (CNN)

In a soon-to-be-published report, CAIR will detail a more than 50 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 over 2015. That figure is accompanied by a more than 40 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same period.

CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.

SEE: CAIR Decries Trump Administration’s ”˜Deafening Silence’ on Series of Anti-Muslim Incidents Nationwide 

Along with Sunday’s training, CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html     

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.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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