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CAIR Welcomes Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader’s Removal from Intro for Virginia Police Chief

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/29/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of anti-Muslim hate group leader Brigitte Gabriel from her scheduled role of introducing Virginia Beach, Va., Interim Chief Anthony F. Zucaro, Jr. at an August 1 Tea Party of Virginia event.

Earlier this week, CAIR called on Chief Zucaro to withdraw from the event because Gabriel was a featured speaker. Today, Chief Zucaro told CAIR that he was unaware of Gabriel’s participation in the event and that she has since been dropped as the person who will introduce him.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Virginia Police Chief to Withdraw from Tea Party Event with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader

Notice of Event with Brigitte Gabriel

“We thank Chief Zucaro for taking the concerns of the community seriously and working to ensure that any event in which he is a participant is free of association with hate groups,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.


Gabriel (a.k.a Hanah Kahwagi Tudor), head of the hate group ACT for America, believes that “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer,” that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” that a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” 

ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named Brigitte Gabriel as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” 

SEE: CAIR Backgrounder on ACT for America  

CAIR Backgrounder on Brigitte Gabriel 

Video: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple   

Her group has ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations that exhibit the same bigoted themes as seen at the 2017 Charlottesville, Va., neo-Nazi rally. 

Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists 
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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