FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR Joins Call for Justice in Shooting of Trayvon Martin
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/12) — A prominent national Muslim civil
rights and advocacy organization today joined the nationwide call for
justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager
allegedly shot by a neighborhood watch captain on February 26.
Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement:
“CAIR and the American Muslim community join with all those who seek
justice in this troubling case. We are concerned that this tragic
incident is symptomatic of a growing level of racial and ethnic
tension in our society.
“We call on the Department of Justice to devote all necessary
resources to its review of the case and urge state and local
authorities to take appropriate legal and legislative actions to
prevent such disturbing incidents from occurring in the future.
“We hope this tragedy will prompt a national dialogue about how some
Americans are viewed as the ‘other’ or ‘suspicious’ based solely on
stereotypes or prejudice.”
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.
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