(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/24/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a Virginia law enforcement agency to drop its sponsorship of an upcoming seminar featuring a representative of an anti-Muslim hate group, the leader of which claims the CIA director is a “secret Muslim.”
CAIR says the Greene County Sheriff's Office is hosting a November 5 “Understanding the Threat” seminar billed as “a very interesting and informative class on the Muslim religion” and presented by an employee of notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo. “Understanding the Threat” is a presentation normally offered by Guandolo himself.
Anti-Muslim anti-immigrant activist Suzanne Shattuck, who has called for the deportation of American Muslims, will also speak at the event.
Video: Islamophobic Anti-Immigrant Activist Suzanne Shattuck Calls for Deportation of American Muslims
(BOSTON, MA, 10/23/16) - The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR-MA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an Islamophobic campaign advertisement targeting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan mailed to New Hampshire voters.
The ad, sent by the political advocacy group One Nation, references “Radical Islamic terrorists” and shows a crosshairs placed over children and the American flag.
“The mailing intentionally invokes the specter of terrorism and associates Muslims with violence against civilians in a clear attempt to sway voters using Islamophobia,” said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-Massachusetts. “This group is obviously exploiting both the candidate’s Arab and Muslim-sounding name and the growing Islamophobic sentiment in our nation.”
Robbins called on state and national Republican Party leaders and candidates to repudiate the Islamophobic intent of the mailer.
He said CAIR recently issued a brief, “Islamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review,” in which the Washington-based group identified three key themes of Islamophobic political rhetoric this year.
CAIR also monitors Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2016 presidential campaign that the group says has prompted an unprecedented rise in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/16) – CAIR is notifying all eligible Muslim voters in Virginia that voter registration has been reopened in their state until 12 A.M. tonight, Friday, October 21, due to a malfunction in the state's voter registration website earlier this week.
Because the state of Virginia’s voter registration website failed earlier this week a federal judge has ordered that voter registration be extended until midnight today.
CAIR is encouraging all eligible Virginian voters that forgot or missed the deadline to update their address or register to vote to do so immediately while there is still time!
Actions to Take:
Head to your local voter register’s office before 5:00 P.M.
Print out a Virginia voter registration application, complete the form and mail it postmarked today, Friday, October 21.
Go online to vote.virginia.gov and complete your online voter registration by 11:59 P.M. tonight.
To register to vote in Virginia, the requirements are:
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 10/21/2016) - On Saturday, October 22nd, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will host a Candidates' Forum in Pleasanton at the Muslim Community Center (MCC).
At the event, members of the local Muslim community will hear from candidates for Pleasanton and San Ramon City Council, Congress, and State Senate.
WHAT: Candidates' Forum at Pleasanton Mosque
WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd at 6PM
WHERE: MCC East Bay, 5724 W Las Positas Blvd #300, Pleasanton, CA 94588
CAIR-SFBA is organizing this event as part of CAIR's Mobilize the Muslim Vote initiative to increase civic engagement in the American Muslim community. This forum is the sixth and final of a series, which aims to better connect elected officials and candidates to their American Muslim constituents.
"Our plan is to host multiple candidates' forums around the Bay Area to provide an opportunity for constituents to ask questions and meet with the candidates who will serve their community," said CAIR-SFBA Government Relations Coordinator Sameena Usman. "It is especially critical this year to get out the vote."