(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/27/2016) - The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today expressed disappointment in the City Council of Oklahoma City’s decision not to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as the second Monday in October.
Despite a room full of activists and supporters urging the City Council to pass a resolution naming the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the measure failed by a 6-3 vote, with Councilmen Ed Shadid (Ward 2), John Pettis (Ward 7), and Pete White (Ward 4) standing as the only votes in favor.
CAIR-OK Operations and Events Coordinator Anna Facci said:
“It is disheartening and frustrating to see the Oklahoma City mayor and city council willfully ignore the requests of its constituents. Though more than a dozen people, including indigenous and non-indigenous folks in solidarity from across the state, spoke in favor of the measure, the mayor and the city council refused to participate in healing the historical trauma of colonization. I have never seen a body of government so quickly dismiss the concerns of its constituents. We will be standing in solidarity with the Native community until the day that Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized in OKC and across the state.”
This is the second year that local activists have tried to have Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized. The measure failed last year in a 5-4 vote
NO “DAY” FOR YOU! OKC City Council sends clear message to indigenous community
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 9/27/16) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing a historic bill, introduced by Assembly member Das Williams (AB) 2845, which will protect vulnerable Muslim and Sikh students who are facing bullying in school.
The bill will require the California Department of Education (CDE), as part of its compliance monitoring, to assess whether local educational agencies have provided information to staff on school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation. It also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post anti-bullying resources related to affiliation or perceived affiliation with any religion, nationality, race, or ethnicity on its website.
AB 2845 is co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California (Advancing Justice-CA), Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter (CAIR - CA), Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF), and the Sikh Coalition.
“This is a good first step in the right direction,” said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of CAIR-San Diego. “It will be much easier now to work with school districts to provide a safe place for all students to learn.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/27/16) – On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined with Maryland’s Jewish community to assemble “blessing bags” for the homeless.
The event included an interfaith discussion on social justice facilitated by the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS).
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.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/26/2016) – This week, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold two Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics in Dakota County and Minneapolis. The clinics will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, immigration law, family law, consumer debt, and employment.
The first clinic will be on Thursday, September 29, at the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul from 1 – 4 p.m. This clinic is co-sponsored by the Dakota County Law Library.
The second clinic will be on Saturday, October 1, at the Day of Dignity Event at the Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis from 12 – 2 p.m.
WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics
WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE: September 29 – Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul; October 1 – Masjid An-Nur, 1729 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis
“People have legal issues and they often cannot afford to see an attorney. These clinics will enable people to talk to a lawyer for free about their legal problems," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.