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Community Advisory: CAIR to Host Virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings in Solidarity with AAPI Communities

(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/3/21) – On Wednesday, April 7 and Saturday, April 10, the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host two virtual bystander intervention trainings in solidarity with Asian-American Pacific Islander communities targeted by hate. 

WHAT: Virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings in Solidarity With AAPI Communities 


SESSION I: Wed., April 7, 7:30 p.m. 


SESSION II: Sat., April 10, 11 a.m. 



NOTE: Both sessions feature the same content, rsvp only for one day. Space is limited, register early to reserve your spot. 

“Witnesses and bystanders often want to step in and support people targeted by hate and bias, but they simply don’t know how,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “The objective of these trainings, in light of the recent uptick in anti-Asian incidents, is to teach situational awareness and empower participants to safely intervene in case they find themselves in such a scenario.” 

Maryland has seen a string of anti-Asian crimes in the last few weeks, including several Asian-owned businesses that were burglarized recently. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Targeting of Asian Restaurants in Maryland at the Start of the Lunar New Year

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The civil rights group recently co-sponsored a #StopAsianHate rally in Howard County attended by hundreds including lawmakers. 

Video: CAIR Rep Speaks at Maryland #StopAsianHate Solidarity Rally with AAPI Communities

SEE: ‘We can’t make sense of the senseless’: Hundreds gather in Columbia to protest rise of anti-Asian violence

Governor Hogan recently announced added patrols and security measures, and Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan penned a powerful oped on the  

SEE: Gov. Hogan Announces Enhanced Visibility Patrols to Protect Asian Businesses and Communities

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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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,

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