More than 450 people—about half of them from Concrete and other Upper Valley communities—filled the Concrete Assembly of God Church Tuesday night in support of Concrete Elementary School teacher Mary Janda.
The rally also was designed to take a closer look at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a self-described Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. In February, CAIR's Seattle office filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, asking it to investigate alleged anti-Muslim comments by Janda last October.
Speaking at the rally was ACT! for America Washington Director Kerry Hooks, who was joined by Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim and the founder of the Truth In Love Project. Hadian also was a candidate for governor in last year's primary election.