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MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-San Diego, East County Justice Coalition to Host Stop School Bullying Town Hall

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/3/2018) – On Tuesday, December 4, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) along with the East County Justice Coalition, will hold a Town Hall to allow East County students and families a safe space to discuss the bullying issues that have been prevalent in the Cajon Valley Union School District. This coalition came together because of the March 21st attack of a recently arrived Syrian, Muslim, hijab-wearing young refugee girl who attended Greenfield Middle School in El Cajon.

At the Town Hall, CAIR-San Diego and coalition members, which consist of License to Freedom, CSA San Diego, EJE Academy, Masjid Al Salaam, the Khaled Bakrawi Community Center, Unitarian Universalists of San Diego County, P.A.N.A., and the Peace Resource Center, will also call on other students who may have been bullied at the school or in the Cajon Valley School District to come forward.

Students and families will be sharing their experiences with hate, discrimination, violence in East County, especially within the Cajon Valley Union School District.

WHAT: CAIR-San Diego, East County Justice Coalition to Host Stop School Bullying Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020

CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Advocacy and Policy Coordinator Mejgan Afshan, (619) 867-7514, mafshan@cair.com

A study by CAIR’s California chapter reported that more than half of American Muslim students experience some form of bullying based on their religious identity. This is twice the national average for students who report being bullied at school.

SEE: 2017 CAIR-CA Bullying Report

https://ca.cair.com/sfba/publications/2017-bullying-report/

Data show cases of anti-Muslim bullying in schools on the rise

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/anti-muslim-bullying-schools-increase-lawsuit-st-dominics-20180722.html

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students. 

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

https://tinyurl.com/CAIREducatorsGuide

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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