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CAIR-WA: Spokane-area Muslim and Interfaith Leaders to Welcome City Council Salutation Recognizing Ramadan, Lives, Contributions of City’s Muslim Families

CAIR WA(SPOKANE, WA 6/13/15) – On Monday, June 13, the Spokane City Council will issue a salutation recognizing the month of Ramadan and the contributions of the city’s Muslim families and children to the city. Interfaith leaders will attend along with diverse Spokane-area Muslims including a Spokane public school teacher, U.S. military veterans, law enforcement officials, nurses, business people and working moms with young children, who will receive a copy of the salutation and will be available for interviews before and after the salutation is presented.

WHAT: Spokane-area Muslim and Interfaith Leaders to Welcome City Council Salutation Recognizing Ramadan, Lives, Contributions of City’s Muslim Families

WHEN: Monday, June 13, 6 p.m.

WHERE: West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street, Spokane, WA

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, abukhari@cair.com, 206.931.3655

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Most attendees will be available for interviews before and after the salutation is presented. Toddlers with parents and others will receive salutation from city council members. Many will also deliver remarks after receiving salutation.

“At a time when CAIR offices nationwide are receiving an average of 1-2 daily reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes across America, and false anti-Muslim conspiracy theories are openly promoted by certain candidates and elected officials, the need has never been greater for fair-minded government officials to publicly and vocally affirm American values of religious freedom and take every opportunity to publicly speak about the lives and contributions of local Muslim families and children who they know, said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

He added: “We congratulate the Spokane City Council for publicly recognizing the lives and contributions of local Muslim families and children and setting an example for many more elected officials and government bodies. These local Muslim families and children are Americans in their hearts and in fact – most are born or raised as U.S. citizens. Young Muslims, who too often are the target of anti-Muslim taunts, profiling and bullying because of their faith, need to hear consistent public messages from government leaders and media commentators, that they are a valuable part of our society and deserve to grow up with the same hopes and dreams as any other young American. â€

Last year, on September 21, 2015, the Spokane City Council issued a salutation to recognize the contributions of the city's Muslim families and children, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to our nation. Interfaith leaders attended along with diverse Spokane-area Muslims including a Spokane public school teacher, working professionals, business people and working moms with young children. They received a copy of the salutation from Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart.

CAIR-Washington State (CAIR-WA) is the local state chapter of CAIR, 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. http://wa.cair.com www.cair.com

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CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, abukhari@cair.com, 206.931.3655

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