(COLUMBIA, MD, 3/24/14) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that it is a sponsor of the Coalition Opposed to Violence & Extremism's 2014 Hate Crimes Summit, entitled “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide – Mass Violence in Public Places,” scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 6th at Towson University.
The event will feature expert panelists and speakers who are federal law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, security analysts, and leaders of diverse faith communities. Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is also expected to speak.
“No one is immune to the effects of violence and extremism,” said planning committee member and president of CAIR's Maryland office, Zainab Chaudry. Chaudry will be a panelist at a workshop on assessing safety and security at schools and places of worship.
“We have a responsibility to educate our communities about factors that contribute to acts of mass violence, as well as about our respective roles in prevention, responding and aiding in recovery efforts.”
CAIR often handles cases of hate crime and bias attacks and regularly calls for investigations when Islamic centers are targeted throughout the United States.
The organization offers numerous resources to area mosques, including a community safety toolkit that outlines steps houses of worship should implement to secure their premises.
Other sponsors of the 2014 Hate Crimes Summit include the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, Maryland Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Assoc., FBI INFRAGARD, the Governor's Office on Crime Prevention, NAACP, Fusion Partnerships, Baltimore County Police Dept., and Towson University.
Although the summit is open to the general public, space is limited and early registration is strongly recommended. Faith leaders, mental health advocates, civil rights activists, law enforcement officials, school and campus police and administrators, business owners, and elected officials are especially encouraged to attend.
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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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Office President Zainab Chaudry, (410) 971-6062, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, (202) 744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org