Annual study looks at Islamophobia, watch lists, surveillance of mosques, profiling
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, December 3, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in the nation's capital to release its 14th annual report, titled "Seeking Full Inclusion," on the status of Muslim civil rights in the United States.
WHAT: CAIR to Release Annual Report on Status of American Muslim Civil Rights
WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 10 a.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization's report - the only annual study of its kind - will offer a summary of incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment reported to CAIR during the 2008 calendar year.
CAIR's new report will also examine the use of Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2008 presidential election and highlight a number of issues of concern to the American Muslim community, including watch lists, surveillance of mosques and new FBI guidelines that allow religious and ethnic profiling.
The report will offer recommendations for action by the Obama administration, Congress and American Muslim institutions.
CAIR began documenting anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, when some commentators initially blamed Muslims for the bombing. Before the real perpetrators were identified, Muslims nationwide were targeted in bias incidents.
Overall, nine states and the District of Columbia accounted for almost 80 percent of all incidents reported to CAIR in 2008. Those states include: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, +1-202-488-8787, +1-202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, +1-202-488-8787, +1-202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations