(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/28/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in calling for the resignation Board of Education Member Emma Anderson because of an Islamophobic remark she made at a public meeting of that board.
While Mayor Khairullah had the floor in a Prospect Park Board of Education meeting on June 27, 2017, and was expressing his position on an issue, Anderson interrupted with the statement, "This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session."
(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/28/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the alleged harassment of a Montgomery County Muslim family that has reportedly received several threatening, hostile notes during a two-month period.
A Muslim Senegalese-American immigrant who lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her four children reported to CAIR that the notes bear cryptic messages like "Satan was here" and "You take peace? I will take your souls."
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/28/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) said it received a letter threatening extermination, torture, and rape just hours before receiving an award from the New York City Council for the civil rights organization’s work helping hate crime victims, mobilizing against President Trump’s ‘Muslim Bans,’ and fighting for social justice.
CAIR-NY says the NYPD is investigating the threatening letter as a potential hate crime.
The New York City Council award was presented to CAIR-NY at a celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
"We are humbled by the recognition of the New York City Council for our civil rights work, and simultaneously determined to forge ahead despite the deplorable threat we received," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "This threat will not intimidate us or detract from our unshakeable resolve to ensure American Muslims and all targeted communities can practice their faith freely as ensured by our laws."
(BOSTON, MA, 6/28/17) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today condemned vandalism of Boston’s Holocaust Memorial. CAIR-MA also praised the investigation by the Boston police that resulted in the prompt arrest of a man who allegedly committed the crime.
“Massachusetts Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Boston and across our state,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “While we do not yet know the motive behind this crime, desecration of a religious memorial is always heartbreaking and must be condemned. We hope that the prompt arrest by the Boston police provides some measure of comfort to the local Jewish community.”
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/27/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the vandalism of a sign in Mississippi honoring the life and death of Emmett Till, the African-American teen who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. His murder was a watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“Unfortunately, we are seeing the gains of the Civil Rights Movement being eroded in a time of increasing bigotry and societal division. We condemn this attack on an important symbol of a life lost to racial hatred and urge all Americans to resist a return to what was a dark period in our nation’s history.”
Muslim civil rights group to hold Tuesday news conference to offer reaction to the court’s decision
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a limited version of the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” executive orders to take effect ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and emboldens Islamophobes in the Trump administration.
The court said the ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations could be enforced as long as those individuals lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Justices will hear arguments on the case in October.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court ignores the anti-Muslim bigotry that is at the heart of the travel ban executive orders and will inevitably embolden Islamophobes in the administration to expand efforts to target the Muslim community with unconstitutional and counterproductive policies. It also ignores the almost-unanimous rejection of the Muslim ban by lower courts due to its religious intolerance and racial animus.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/23/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched a new civil rights app, called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone,” which gives users the ability to immediately report bias incidents they experience -- an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.
The free CAIR app offers advice about an individual’s constitutional rights when contacted by law enforcement or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and when facing discrimination in the workplace or at school. It also offers contact information for CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for chapters nationwide.
Other features include a donation function, a feed of news articles and alerts of relevance to the American Muslim community and polls on social and political issues of the day.
For a quick download of the app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app