Dear MoveOn member,
ACT for America is an anti-Muslim hate group that has led "marches against Sharia" during Ramadan, falsely claimed that Islam is a "political ideology masquerading as a religion," and that "no practicing Muslim can be a loyal American."1 And the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Virginia, is hosting its annual meeting in September.2
To make matters worse, while other major hospitality companies, including Hilton, Airbnb, Sofitel, and the Willard Hotel refused to host hate groups and have disassociated their organizations with bigots, Hyatt is welcoming ACT with open arms and actively associating itself with dangerous anti-Muslim ideology. The hotel chain continues to erroneously say that it would be illegal to turn the group away.
Hyatt has "justified" hosting the conference by claiming it "does not unlawfully discriminate against groups who wish to hold lawful meetings at the hotel." But Hyatt is distorting civil rights laws. There are no laws in Virginia or at the federal level that require a hotel to host a hate group such as ACT for America.3
We have the power to stop this. If we raise our voices, we can tell Hyatt loud and clear that we won't stand for hate—not in our homes, not in our hotels, and not in our nation.
–Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates
1. "ACT for America," Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed August 20, 2018
2. "Hyatt Hotels Making 'Active Choice' To Host Anti-Muslim Hate Group's Conference," HuffPost, August 9, 2018
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