WHAT : On Wednesday, May 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a noon news conference in the nation’s capital to release its 10th annual report, titled “Unequal Protection,” on the status of Muslim civil rights in the United States .
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group’s report – the only annual study of its kind – will show a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during 2004 and an 11-year high in the total number of reported cases. (States with the largest numbers of reported incidents include California , New York , Arizona , Virginia , Texas , Florida , Ohio , Maryland , New Jersey , and Illinois .)
WHEN : Wednesday, May 11, 2005, Noon (Eastern)
WHERE : National Press Club Building , 13th Floor, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street N.W. , Washington , D.C.
The report’s authors believe at least some of the sharp rise in anti-Muslim incidents can be attributed to growing Islamophobia in American society. That disturbing phenomenon will be addressed at a CAIR conference, called “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies,” to be held this weekend in Washington , D.C. SEE : http://www.cair-net.org/2005conference/
CAIR, America ‘s largest Islamic civil liberties group, began documenting anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City .
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