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CAIR, MPOWER Change, Poligon Education Fund Respond to #PunishAMuslimDay Threat with #LoveAMuslim Twitterstorm

(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/2/18) -- On Tuesday, April 3, in response to an anonymous letter delivered to several mosques in London declaring that day "Punish a Muslim Day,” national American Muslim organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), MPOWER Change and the Poligon Education Fund will hold a #LoveAMuslim twitterstorm at 3 p.m. EDT encouraging people to tweet about Muslims in their lives they appreciate, and why. 

Video: CAIR-NY Director Afaf Nasher Responds to 'Punish a Muslim Day'

Video: CAIR-Chicago Alerts FBI to 'Punish a Muslim Day'

The Twitterstorm is inspired by the Quranic verse that instructs Muslims to repel evil with that which is better. 

“Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” [Qur’an 41:34]

Its purpose is to amplify voices appreciating the contributions of Muslims, embrace diversity, and reject fear tactics designed to intimidate Muslim communities.

Last week, CAIR issued a community safety advisory after receiving concerned inquiries from American Muslims worried if their families or community will be similarly targeted.

SEE: Community Advisory: CAIR Urges Increased Security Measures Following ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Threat in UK

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report  

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-San Diego to Join Interfaith Leaders, Public Officials in Response to ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/2/18) – Tomorrow, the San Diego Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a press conference in response to “Punish a Muslim Day” fliers circulating on social media. Those fliers, which were originally distributed in Britain, have gained notoriety in the last few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, causing distress in American Muslim communities.

Joining CAIR-San Diego at the press conference will be members of Muslim community, Forum on Religious Freedom, San Diego Human Relations Commission, interfaith partners and community leaders.

WHAT: Press Conference on “Punish a Muslim Day”

WHEN: Tomorrow, April 3, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 7710 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111

CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last week, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters urged the nation’s Muslim community to increase security measures after the anonymous letter was delivered to several mosques in London declaring April 3 as "Punish a Muslim Day.”

SEE: CAIR-National Advisory on ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

The Punish a Muslim Day campaign has caused concern within the Muslim community, with some parents wondering whether to keep their children home from school that day.

A counter-campaign to promote solidarity for the Muslim community on April 3 is also in circulation on social media.

SEE: ‘Love a Muslim Day Campaign’

In a statement, CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi said:

“We cannot allow such shameful and cowardly campaigns to spread fear and intimidation.  The American Muslim community will stand united and strong against any kind of bigotry and hate. This hate campaign offers an opportunity for people of conscious to stand on the right side of history. Keeping silent is not an option at such moments.”

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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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CAIR-Chicago, Public Officials to Respond to ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

(CHICAGO, IL, 4/2/18) – LATER TODAY, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a press conference in response to “Punish a Muslim Day” fliers circulating on social media. Those fliers, which were originally distributed in Britain, have gained notoriety in the last few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, causing distress in American Muslim communities.

WHAT: Press Conference on Punish a Muslim Day

WHEN: TODAY, April 2, 4 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR-Chicago Office 17 N. State St, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL

WHO: Members of the Muslim community, City of Chicago Human Relations Committee

CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 312-212-1520, 202-870-0166, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Saadia Pervaiz, 312-212-1520, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Asha Binbek, 312-212-1520, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last week, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters urged the nation’s Muslim community to increase security measures after the anonymous letter was delivered to several mosques in London declaring April 3 as "Punish a Muslim Day.”

SEE: CAIR-National Advisory on ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

The Punish a Muslim Day campaign has caused concern within the Muslim community, with some parents wondering whether to keep their children home from school that day. 

A counter-campaign to promote solidarity with the Muslim community on April 3 is also in circulation on social media.

SEE: ‘Love a Muslim Day Campaign’

In a statement, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said:

“While this hate campaign originated in print in the UK, it has been picked up and circulated on the Internet in the United States. Any level of support for such unabashed and violent hate is highly disturbing and requires a united response of condemnation. Though we advise our constituents to practice reasonable precautions and safety in their everyday lives, we also ask them to not let such bully tactics cause them to tone down their free expressions of Muslim identity or hide in fear or shame. These cowardly campaigns are designed to stoke not just hate but fear. And we fight them by not giving in to either destructive force, but by reinforcing our freedoms and values."

CAIR launched an app to share critical “Know Your Rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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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CAIR-NJ Condemns Racist Vandalism Targeting Campaign Poster in Newark

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 4/2/2018) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racist vandalism of a campaign poster for Newark At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana. 

The poster, which hangs about a block away from the Councilman’s office, was defaced with a Nazi swastika painted over a picture of the councilman’s face.  

Newark Police are investigating the defaced campaign banner as a bias crime and released photos of a suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The bias-motivated crime was apparently committed on Thursday. 

"The hate symbolized by this act of vandalism has no place in New Jersey and cannot be tolerated,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “This painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level should prompt us to remain vigilant in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes as they occur.”

SEE: Vandal turns politician's face into 'symbol of hate' with swastika on campaign sign

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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