PRESS RELEASE: Chicagoans to protest hate and Islamophobia tomorrow downtown
Flashmob against hate and Islamophobia
“White Balloon Protest” at the corner of Congress and Michigan in downtown Chicago
(CHICAGO, 8/16/2012) — On Friday, August 17th, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, (CIOGC) and an interfaith and interethnic coalition of diverse community organizations will unite in protest against hate and Islamophobia by organizing a flashmob in downtown Chicago.
This action comes as a reaction to the recent disturbing spike of violent attacks against minority communities in Chicagoland and across the U.S., including a shooting at a mosque in Morton Grove, an acid bomb being thrown at an Islamic school in Lombard here in Illinois, as well as the burning down of a mosque in Joplin, MO, a paint ball attack on a mosque in Oklahoma, pigs legs being thrown at a mosque-site in southern California, the mass killing of Sikhs in Wisconsin, and just this morning, a fire bomb being thrown at a Muslim family’s home in Panama City.
“It should disturb every American that this is happening in America in 2012. Are we moving forward or regressing? No one should have to live in fear of being harassed, shot, bombed, injured, or killed simply for their faith, color, ethnicity, etc. Not here, not now, not after all this country has been through in terms of civil rights movements,” said Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago.
“Those who stoke the fires of hate must be held to public account, those who commit violent acts against faith-based or race-based targets must be given the sternest just punishment under the law.”
Chicago Muslim leaders have called out the GOP in particular given the shameful track record of Islamophobic rhetoric from public officials and supporting staff identifying themselves as Republicans in recent times.
WHAT: Flashmob against hate and Islamophobia WHEN: Friday, August 17, 5:00 PM WHERE: The southeast corner of Congress Street and Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago WHO: CAIR-Chicago, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Interfaith and Interethnic coalition
CAIR-Chicago is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance.
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, firstname.lastname@example.org; 312.212.1520 or 202.870.0166