(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's proclamation designating October as â€œStatewide Bullying Prevention Month.â€
CAIR requests this proclamation annually as part of a multi-pronged response to faith-based bullying of Muslim students and also to encourage educators, parents and students to help raise awareness and eliminate bullying of children of all faiths and backgrounds.
The governorâ€™s proclamation reads in part:
“Whereas, Maryland schools, students, parents, recreation programs, religious institutions, and community organizations are urged to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our communities safer for all children and adolescents.”
“Islamophobia is rising to unprecedented levels in the United States, and Muslim children are too often experiencing it as bullying in public schools,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “We all have an obligation to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for students. This measure is intended to help end bullying of children regardless of their faith or background.”
The proclamation was presented by a representative from Governor Hogan's office at a CAIR Anti-Bullying Workshop on September 30 at a newly-opened Islamic school in Howard County, Md.
CAIR provides free anti-bullying workshops and offers a booklet, called “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
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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