Press Release: CAIR-Chicago to Hold Press Conference About Suspected White Supremacist Attack in Western Suburbs

 
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MEDIA ADVISORY

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CAIR-Chicago Press Conference with Bolingbrook Family Whose Home Was Violently Attacked & Vandalized with Hate Messages

CHICAGO, IL, 5/2/2019 ) -- The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations ( CAIR-Chicago ) today announced that it will be holding a press conference featuring the Bolingbrook family son whose window was shattered by a brick and whose home was vandalized with racial slurs, see below for details.

  • WHAT: Press Conference with Bolingbrook Family

  • WHEN: Friday, May 3rd at 3:15PM

  • WHO: CAIR-Chicago, interfaith leaders, attorneys and Bolingbrook Family's Son

  • WHERE: CAIR-Chicago Office at 17 N State, Suite 1500

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BACKGROUND:

On Saturday, April 27 th , 2019 at 2 A.M., a Muslim family, who does not wish to be identified, was awakened by glass breaking, only to find a brick had been thrown through their son’s bedroom window. Fortunately, the son, who though startled, was not badly injured. The family then went outside to find Islamophobic, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic graffiti on their property. Large font graffiti in red paint read “F*g”, “N**ger” “B**ch” and “Arab” along with a Nazi swastika.

SEE IMAGES: link (Copyright CAIR-Chicago)

"This is a stunning development. This is an area consistently ranked number one in the country to raise a family, and here you have a blatant violent hate crime delivered right to a Muslim family’s home as they slept at night. They felt secure there and are now wondering where they can feel safe. It’s as if there is no escape," said  CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab.

Rehab noted that 2018 saw a surge in hate groups in the United States, with white supremacy groups growing by 50%, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. White Supremacists groups in the United States and Canada killed at least 40 people last year . From September 12, 2001 to December 31, 2016, 62 of the 85 (74 percent) attacks in the U.S. by violent extremists were committed by far-right violent extremists (U.S Extremist Crime Database, Univ. of Maryland).

The 2017 FBI hate crimes report shows a 17 percent increase in reported hate crimes. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported last year, nearly three out of five were motivated by race and ethnicity. Hate crimes motivated by anti-religious bias increased by 23 percent.  Jewish and Muslim individuals were the victims of 58.1 percent and 18.7 percent of religiously motivated hate crimes, respectively. 

Police are still investigating with no announced leads or motive for the crime.

CAIR-Chicago is the Chicago Chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Our mission is to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab , 202-870-0166, arehab@cair.com ;  CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Saadia Pervaiz , 312-212-1520,  spervaiz@cair.com ;  CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Asha Binbek , 312-212-1520,  abinbek@cair.com