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OPOW: Alert... CAIR Asks Mosques Nationwide to Take Added Safety Measures Prior to Anti-Islam Rallies October 10

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy

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Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta is a potential target of one of these protest:
October 10, 2015- 11:00 am ..442 14th St. N.W. , Atlanta, Ga.

organization, today urged Muslim community leaders to consider instituting additional safety measures in response to hate rallies by possibly armed anti-Muslim extremists targeting mosques nationwide on October 10.

[NOTE: October 9 has also been mentioned online as a date for the hate rallies.]

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CAIR's alert states:

"Media reports and monitoring of anti-Muslim hate sites indicate that a small group of anti-Muslim extremists with a history of violent rhetoric are attempting to organize hate rallies outside a number of mosques across the nation on October 10.

"Organizers of the hate rallies have indicated that participants in states with open carry laws may be armed and that provocations such as the use of live pigs and Quran desecrations may occur.

"The anti-Islam rallies come at a time of increased hate-motivated crimes and bias incidents nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.

"Many of these planned rallies may not take place, or they may consist of only a handful of people shouting slurs at worshipers. But given the recent endorsement of Islamophobia by national public figures, it would only be prudent for mosque and community leaders to prepare for any eventuality."

CAIR recommends that community leaders immediately:

1. Alert local law enforcement authorities to the possibility of a hate rally outside the mosque and request advice about the best way to protect worshipers against possibly armed protesters.

2. Request a stepped up police presence on October 9 (Jummah) and on October 10, the day of the nationwide hate rallies. (For a fee, many local police departments will provide officers to be present at a facility during services.)

3. Inform community members about the issue and urge them not to be provoked by any hate rhetoric or actions. (Do not engage in a debate or become angry; you do not want to escalate the situation.)

4. Ask local elected and public officials to issue statements condemning this campaign of religious intimidation.

5. Ask local interfaith partners, police and officials to be present at the mosque as a show of support.

6. Prepare signs rejecting hate speech and promoting mutual understanding and religious diversity to be used in any counter-protest.

7. Take video of the entire hate protest. Anyone taking video of the hate rally should not get too close to or interact with the participants.

8. Immediately report any threatening or potentially-violent actions by the hate rally participants to police.

9. Report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or civilrights@cair.com.

10. Consider scheduling a town hall meeting to discuss the issue of growing Islamophobia and the need for community peace building.

Community leaders are also being asked to implement long-term safety measures outlined in CAIR's booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to previous attacks on American mosques.

A free copy of the booklet may be requested by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

CAIR's safety guide states in part:

"A general framework in which to think about institutional security falls within the following broad categories:

Be Aware
Assess Your Vulnerability
Prepare and Plan
Prevent
Respond/Mitigate
Recover

"This framework can be applied to all sorts of security issues, from hate graffiti to burglary or to an active-shooter episode. Decision-makers must decide which recommendations are best applied to their facility. They must also decide the order in which they will implement the process."

Other initial safety steps recommended in CAIR's guide include:

Develop a Legal Contact List

Develop a list of attorneys who are willing to be consulted by the Muslim community in response to backlash incidents. Ask Muslim attorneys to volunteer their services to community members during this time of crisis.

Develop Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies

Community leaders should, in cooperation with local civil rights advocates and attorneys, immediately coordinate meetings between representatives of the Muslim community and local and state law enforcement agencies. These meetings should focus on ways in which the community can help improve security and on how authorities can protect Muslims, Arab-Americans and other targeted minorities from harassment and discrimination.

Meet with Elected Officials to Discuss Community Concerns

Delegations of Muslim representatives should schedule meetings with local, state and national elected representatives or their key staff to discuss community concerns.

Build Coalitions with Interfaith and Minority Groups

Meetings should be coordinated with representatives of local interfaith and minority groups. These meetings should focus on building lines of communication and support, and hearing from these groups how they deal with discrimination and bigotry.

Meet with Local School Officials to Discuss Student Safety

Representatives of the Muslim community should meet with local school and school board officials to discuss safety plans for students and to sensitize the administrators to harassment of Muslim students.

Build an Emergency Contact List

Community leaders should develop emergency email, text message and phone contact lists to be used in case of an incident that threatens the community's safety. Local imams, Islamic center board members and Muslim activists should be on the lists. A second list should be developed containing contact information for all local law enforcement agencies.

Hold a Community Meeting to Inform Others of Safety Guidelines

Call for a meeting of the local Muslim community to discuss the information outlined in this kit. The meeting should take place at a local mosque or Islamic center and should be advertised using the emergency contact list.

Establish a Community Support Network

Establish a network of community members who can offer emotional and material support to those who may be the victims of hate crimes or discrimination. Victims should not be left alone to deal with the negative impact of such incidents. 

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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Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on October 4, 2015 at 6:07pm

Abu Salah:  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Salaams.  Thanks to OPOW for posting this piece.  Atlanta

has become a target of the haters who refuse to understand who Americans are.  If they could get away with it they would probably have SLAVERY in this country.  Let me get this straight.  They talk about a Muslim invasion of America.  If I remember history, wasn't it the European settlers who came here and killed the indigenous Americans and then kednapped half of Africa to build the country for free for a few hundred years?  And now the progeny of the enslaved peoples form the backbone of the Muslim community and the haters talk about a Muslim invasion.  It goes without saying that the Muslims need to come out in large numbers on 10/10/15 at Al-Farooq Masjid.  Some have asked me why they don't go to Campbellton Rd since that's where the NOI folks are.  But can you imagine a couple hundred good white people on Campbellton Rd surrounded by not only the NOI but the regular citizens?  That's why they chose 14th Street assuming our immigrant brethren will carry on business as usual. 


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Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on October 7, 2015 at 5:03pm

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Al-Farooq Masjid wishes to thank everyone for the overwhelming support being shown by Muslims, as well as the inter-faith community, with regard to the planned rally against Islam this weekend.  We are in close contact with law enforcement agencies and participated in national calls on the subject.  The Masjid has designated a spokesperson to talk to the media and authorities if needed.  We feel there is no need for a counter demonstration or special assembly near the Masjid.  We must remain dignified and honorable by respecting the law and allowing our conduct to speak on our behalf.  We must not engage with demonstrators or involve ourselves in slogan mongering, shouting or interaction of any sort.  MashaAllah there is a huge body of support for us in the community at large. In the end, remember we are all servants of Allah and He is our Helper and Protector.

Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on October 8, 2015 at 10:04pm

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Attention Atlanta Interfaith Friends!

Join us as we
STAND AGAINST HATE
In solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters 
On Saturday, October 10th at 10am
At Al-Farooq Masjid

(442 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
 
As we counter efforts to promote Islamaphobia and instill anti-Muslim hatred. Our non-violent, peaceful gathering will show our Muslim friends, and the entire Atlanta community, that faith and love and compassion are stronger than hate. 
The group’s demonstration (“The Rally for Global Humanity”) is part of an organized series of events across the country aiming to create an atmosphere of distrust and hostility toward our Muslim neighbors.
We will gather in the parking lot at the Masjid at 10am to organize and prepare for the “rally” scheduled for 11am.
 
For more information, contact:
Interfaith Community Initiatives – 
judy@interfaithci.org
Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) - vmorvan@ntcsi.net
Compassionate Atlanta - rvthompson@me.com
 
Our Mission
To promote understanding, respect, prayer, interaction and unity among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region, and to advance the influence of voices of the faith communities for the common good.
Learn more:  
http://faithallianceofmetroatlanta.org/
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