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(MIAMI, FL, 2/12/2016) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today applauded the successful completion of the 2016 Florida Muslim Capitol Day (FMCD).
More than 200 Florida Muslim community leaders, businessmen and women, and students participated in the eighth Florida Muslim Capitol Day event this past Thursday at the State Capitol. This year’s event was co-sponsored and prepared in close collaboration with EMERGE USA, another key American Muslim organization.
Attendees of the event were honored by a personal welcome from Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Wednesday evening before the event at the Islamic Center of Tallahassee. The mayor’s words were inspiring as he applauded the Muslim community’s participation in this civic engagement event that stressed the importance of political involvement in a political climate that is, unfortunately, filled with xenophobic rhetoric.
During the event, State Senator Dwight Bullard addressed the participants and the media at the capitol’s precinct. He openly criticized Donald Trump’s distasteful, anti-Muslim hate rhetoric. The senator highlighted that: “We’ve had a presence of Muslims in America, an interwoven part of the American tapestry, since the 1700s.”
(CLEVELAND, OH, 2/11/2016) – The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) recently presented a forum on Islamophobia to members of the local chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio. SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing for racial justice.
The forum focused on the historical roots of Islamophobia, its current causes and consequences and how groups like SURJ could help to counter anti-Muslim bias and hate. The forum also highlighted the anti-Muslim bigotry and hateful rhetoric that has permeated the current U.S. presidential campaign.
CAIR-Cleveland’s forum covered topics such as common stereotypes of Muslims and Islam in the media; anti-sharia legislation and foreign law bans; the anti-Muslim inner circle; the role of discriminatory government policies in providing license for those with anti-Muslim agendas; and the disastrous consequences of Islamophobia and its impact on the Muslim community and American foreign policy.
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/12/2016) – On Tuesday, February 16, the Bring Them Here Coalition and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-ST. Louis) will rally on the front steps of the Jefferson City Capitol Building to call on the state legislature to address growing Islamophobia and to welcome Syrian Refugees to Missouri. Tuesday’s rally is part of during the third annual Muslim Capitol Day.
WHAT: Rally on Capitol Steps to Address Islamophobia and Welcome Syrian Refugees
WHEN: Tuesday February 16, 11:40 A.M.
WHERE: Front Steps of Jefferson City Capitol Building, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101
TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 Virginia primary election
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a reminder to Muslim voters that each state has its own deadline for voter registration and that some of those dates are approaching for states with primary elections.
[NOTE to Muslim voters in Virginia – TODAY is the deadline for registration for the March 1 primary election. To register in Virginia, go to: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/ ]
“It is critical for American Muslims to register to vote and to go to the polls in each and every election. The Muslim community’s growing ability to tip elections is a reminder to elected and aspiring officials that Muslims will reject candidates who engage in the politics of fear and will support those who respect religious diversity,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.