(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today published the first of a planned series of short videos with the theme “Inspired to CAIR” and featuring that group’s representatives explaining why they are inspired serve the Muslim community and the cause of civil rights. #InspiredToCAIR
Today’s first “Inspired to CAIR” video features CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/22/2017) – On Thursday, May 25, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will offer a ‘Know Your Rights as an Employee’ informational webinar at 8 p.m. EDT.
The webinar will help individuals better understand their legal rights in the workplace. It will address common questions for American Muslims as they attempt to balance their obligations at work while also making the most of the blessed month of Ramadan.
CAIR attorneys will discuss legal rights and best practices for seeking workplace accommodations such as prayer, breaking the Ramadan fast, religious attire, and holidays.
WHAT: 'Know Your Rights as an Employee' Webinar
WHEN: Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. EDT
CAIR to offer community webinar on ‘Planning a ‘Fast Forward’ Interfaith Iftar this Ramadan’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/17) -- On or about Saturday, May 27,* the Muslim community in America and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don).
[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan.]
Because of the rising level of Islamophobia nationwide in recent months, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization -- is urging local mosques to host “Fast Forward” interfaith “iftars,” or fast-breaking meals. #FastForwardIftar
(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/22/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”
The victim, Richard Collins III, 23, of Calvert County, was stabbed early Saturday morning on the University of Maryland College Park campus. He was preparing to graduate Tuesday. He had recently been commissioned into the army as a lieutenant.
The suspect, who is a University of Maryland student, has been charged with first degree murder. Police say the unprovoked attack is being investigated as a possibly racially-motivated crime because of the extreme bias toward women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith, and African-Americans exhibited by “Alt-Reich Nation.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/21/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today responded to President Trump’s speech broadcast this morning from Saudi Arabia seeking to reset relations with the Muslim world.
Last week, CAIR offered advice to the president as he prepared the speech offered today.
In his response to President Trump’s speech, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“While President Trump’s address today in Saudi Arabia appears to be an attempt to set a new and more productive tone in relations with the Muslim world, one speech cannot outweigh years of anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals - including an attempt to enact a Muslim ban by executive order, which his administration continues to defend in court.
“We welcome President Trump’s recognition of Islam as ‘one of the world’s great faiths,’ but that recognition does not wipe out years of well-documented anti-Islam animus. The president should also recognize the contributions American Muslims make – and have made for generations - to the betterment of our nation.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/19/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a planned cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on Saturday in Pennsylvania’s southern Lancaster County.
CAIR says the KKK will stage the cross-lighting at an undisclosed farm in that county. Local officials and law enforcement agencies have also condemned the event.
“Pennsylvanians of all faiths and backgrounds should unite in condemning this hate-filled event and the rising bigotry that it represents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIR chapters in other states have similarly condemned rising bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups.