(Oklahoma City, OK, 5/10/2017) – On Wednesday, May 10, the Council on American- Islamic Relations, Oklahoma Chapter will be available for media coverage of the release of the 2017 CAIR Civil Rights Report

SEE: The Empowerment of Hate, CAIR 2017 Civil Rights Report

“The Empowerment of Hate”, which details a more than 50 percent increase nationally in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 over the previous year. The report will include data from the CAIR-OK Civil Rights Report, including the report of a pig carcass dumped at the Islamic Center of Lawton.

SEE: Lawton Islamic Center falls victim to potential hate crime

While the 2017 CAIR Civil Rights Report does include examples and case studies from state-based chapters, the focus of the report is on national trends and the advocacy that CAIR’s National office, based out of Washington, D.C., has taken on in the past year.

“Unfortunately, we have seen an upward trend in anti-Muslim bias incidents and Islamophobia at both the state and the national level,” said CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. “The production of state and national civil rights reports helps us to track these trends and to examine what efforts are needed at the local level to protect Muslim Americans and their civil liberties.”

CAIR’s new report, titled “The Empowerment of Hate”, will also outline how the increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents has been accompanied by a similar spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period. [NOTE: The report focuses primarily on 2016, but also contains data on cases documented by CAIR during the 2014-2016 period.]

The report highlights, “Where CAIR is present, the local community is more likely to report cases to us. Thus, in states like California and Florida where the organization has multiple offices, we expect a higher numbers of cases than in states like Tennessee or Colorado where the organization does not yet have an office.”

WHAT: Release of CAIR’s New ‘The Empowerment of Hate’ Report on Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 1:00pm-3:00pm
WHERE: 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 226, Oklahoma City, 73112

CAIR Oklahoma is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR Oklahoma es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

CONTACT: CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, vlaizure@cair.com; CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com