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Recent racist political campaigning, scare tactics are unacceptable

Posted on October 21, 2015

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Across the nation, our communities will be holding local elections. We encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote. However, we strongly oppose and condemn negative campaigning based on tactics that are anti-immigrant, refugee, Arab and Muslim, and otherwise racist rhetoric that spreads hate. This year, numerous incidents from California to the Midwest to Maine have been documented in the media.  We ask our supporters during our week of #TakeOnHateWithAction to speak out against those who use fear-mongering tactics and demand that they stick with what matters: issues that impact our quality of life.

TAKE ON HATE urges candidates to stick to the issues and help promote unity, rather than use divisive methods that serve only to weaken the communities they hope to represent.

The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE strives to address issues of bias and discrimination, particularly toward Arab and Muslim Americans, and stands against bigotry toward all people. For more information, visit www.takeonhate.org.