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Immediate Action on Syria Crisis


WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 /On Friday, September 4, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join leaders of other national Muslim organizations and of the Syrian-American community at a news conference in Washington, D.C., to call for immediate action by the Obama administration to help end the suffering of the Syrian people, which has reached levels of death and destruction not seen since World War II.

[MEDIA NOTE: The news conference will be streamed live on Periscope @CAIRNational.]
One of the key recommendations for administration action will be the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians from aerial attack.
WHAT: CAIR, Syrian-American and Muslim Groups to Call for Immediate Action on Syria Crisis
WHEN: Friday, September 4, 10 a.m. (EDT)
WHERE: CAIR Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com
"The unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people must be stopped through immediate and effective actions by the United States and the international community," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "The world has for too long turned a blind eye to the destruction of Syria and the killing and displacement of its people."
Awad said participants in the Friday news conference will outline detailed actions the Obama administration should take immediately to help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and to bring that destabilizing conflict to an end.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com.

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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