CAIR-LA and Riverside Muslims Participate in Protest against Neo-Nazis

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(Oct 26, 2009 - ANAHEIM, CA ) 

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and Riverside Muslims joined in a counter-protest on Saturday against neo-Nazis who had gathered to protest undocumented day laborers. (Photo: SDNN)

The organizers of the counter-protest said the turnout was successful, with over 600 members from diverse faiths and backgrounds speaking out against some two dozen neo-Nazis’ hate and bigotry.

CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, who attended the rally with his children, said: 

“It’s important for all Americans - whether Muslim, Jew, Christian, Asian, Latino, black or other - to strongly and vehemently speak out against the hatred and bigotry of those who seek to dehumanize others.

“I brought my teenage children with me to the counter-protest to make sure that they never take for granted the sacrifices of early civil rights activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Cesar Chavez.”

SEE: Neo-Nazi demonstration in Riverside spurs confrontations

SEE: Neo-Nazi group rallies in Riverside as hundreds of counter-demonstrators protest

The neo-Nazi group, National Socialist Movement, held a rally last month but was met similarly with hundreds of counter-protesters.

Also, earlier this month, Jewish worshipers at Temple Beth El in Riverside were intimidated and harassed by neo-Nazis who held signs and flags bearing Nazi swastikas in front of the synagogue. 

SEE: Calif. Muslims Condemn Neo-Nazi Harassment

The counter-protest was organized by 50 community organizations, including CAIR-LA and the Islamic Center of Riverside.

With the continued economic downturn, anti-immigrant and racist groups are increasingly promoting anti-immigrant sentiment by blaming immigrants - documented or otherwise - for “stealing” American jobs.

CAIR-LA rejects such scapegoating and calls for immigration reforms that preserve the dignity and respect of immigrants and their families.

SEE: A Muslim Perspective on Illegal Immigration

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