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CAIR to Partner with Md. Agencies on Statewide Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders

MDEmergencyPreparednessSummit(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/13/15) – On December 10, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will partner with the Maryland Governor's Office on Community Initiatives and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to organize the first statewide 'Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders.

The summit will feature experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland State Police, among others.

WHO: CAIR, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Governor's Office on Community Initiatives

WHAT: Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders

WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 2015; 8am-1pm

WHERE: Center for Social Change, 6600 Amberton Drive, Elkridge, Md. 21075

COST: $10.00

REGISTRATION LINK: www.md-emergencypreparedness.eventbrite.com

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

In light of the growing number of threats targeting faith-based institutions, this event is specifically designed to educate faith leaders of all religious backgrounds on the nature and scope of challenges potentially facing their houses of worship.

Summit speakers will expand on what constitutes a hate crime; provide preventative measures and techniques to safeguard property and people; suggest strategies to counter intolerance; share information on grants and other local, state and federal resources; and empower faith leaders to implement measures and policies to protect themselves and their communities.

“Diverse faith communities have become increasingly vulnerable to religious and racial intolerance, hate crimes and mass casualty incidents,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “Remaining informed, prepared and engaged is key to protecting religious institutions and upholding our constitutional values. This summit is intended to provide faith leaders with key information and resources.”

Space is limited. Those interested in participating in the summit are encouraged to register early to reserve their seat.

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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