(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/28/2017) – On Saturday, April, 1, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold its 11th Annual Awards Banquet (6 p.m.) at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City.
The banquet will feature a keynote address Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer, media commentator and author of the book “SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms.” Entertainment will be provided by nationally-recognized comedian Amer Zahr.
CAIR-OK’s event will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community with the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award, a new honor given to a person nominated by his or her peers.
The recipient of the 2017 Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award is DeBorah Boneta, executive director of the Surayaa Anne Foundation OKC and founder of "The Bridge,” a prison ministry for federally-incarcerated individuals.
"This awards banquet is a time for us to come together as a community and honor the work of our past, while at the same time looking forward to the future of our organization," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. "In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to have pride in its accomplishments and to share in celebrations together."
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/28/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of a break-in and vandalism targeting an Alexandria, Va., Muslim family in which “F*** Muslims” was scrawled on a wall in the home.
The family, which is of South Asian heritage, reported to CAIR that the break-in and vandalism occurred sometime this weekend while they were out of town. Along with the obscene hate message, the perpetrators reportedly stole personal property, ripped up a Quran – Islam’s holy text – and damaged other Islamic materials such as prayer books. (Fairfax County Police Case # 20170860078)
“What may have begun as a break-in, clearly ended as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The message of hate left at the scene and the damage done to religious texts indicate the need to investigate a bias-motive for this crime.”
Earlier today, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter called on state and federal hate crime charges to be brought against a man who allegedly stabbed and bit a man and then told police he "tried to stab the Somalian in the neck" and "I hate Muslims.”
Also today, CAIR welcomed an arrest in the vandalism of a Colorado mosque.
Video: CAIR Says Colorado Mosque Attack Arrest Reflects National Problem
Last week, CAIR decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/28/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an arrest in the vandalism of a Colorado mosque.
Joseph Scott Giaquinto, 35, was arrested for allegedly throwing several large rocks and a Bible through glass doors and into the prayer area of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins on Sunday.
Video: CAIR Says Colorado Mosque Attack Arrest Reflects National Problem
“We thank law enforcement authorities for their swift action in apprehending a suspect, and we thank the local interfaith community for the outpouring of support experienced by the mosque and its members,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 35 incidents targeting mosques in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/28/2017) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on state and federal hate crime charges to be brought against a man who allegedly stabbed and bit a man and then told police he "tried to stab the Somalian in the neck" and "I hate Muslims.”
“The suspect’s own statements, as related to police, would indicate an apparent bias motive that should result in additional charges or enhanced sentencing if he is found guilty,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
CAIR recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a Colorado mosque early Sunday morning as a possible hate crime. An arrest in that case has just been announced.
Last week, CAIR decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent days, part of an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 34 incidents targeting mosques in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
In a soon-to-be-published report, CAIR will detail a more than 50 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 over 2015. That figure is accompanied by a more than 40 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same period.
(MIAMI, FL, 3/27/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the City of Orlando Mayor’s Proclamation of March 27th as “Muslim Women’s Day.”
In the proclamation, Mayor Buddy Dyer recognized that, “Muslim women play an integral role in the economic, cultural, and social development,” and that, “Muslim women in Orlando represent some of Orlando’s community leaders and serve as exceptional role models in all professions.”
In a statement, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, Esq. said:
“We congratulate Mayor Dyer for standing up for inclusion and tolerance and against hate and bigotry. By proclaiming today as ‘Muslim Women’s Day’ in the City of Orlando, the mayor is representing the city’s commitment to recognize the contributions of Muslim women and to also stand strong against hate and bigotry. We hope this Proclamation carries a message of understanding and tolerance to everyone in the City and beyond.”
(Miami, FL - 3/25/2017) CAIR-Florida, the state's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that they will be joining the One World Family Interfaith Prayer Gathering on March 26th. The family-oriented event will be held outdoors near the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale. According to the event's host, Reverend Joel S. Slotnick, on the event's Facebook page, "This is a non-political gathering, free of sermons or political rhetoric. The goal of this event is to show our neighbors and the world that we can come together as people of faith, regardless of the religious discipline or how we express that faith, and pray as a community for the betterment of our society and our planet as a whole."
"CAIR-Florida is joining the rest of our interfaith community in prayer to foster the necessary spiritual bonding that nurtures our solidarity in these difficult times," said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida's Communications Director. These interfaith gatherings are extremely important and necessary.
WHAT: One World Family Interfaith Prayer Gathering
WHERE: Holiday Park/War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 26 at 3 PM - 6 PM
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/22/17) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime.
According to the alleged victim, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) and was with her one-year-old child, the two people followed her for 7-8 minutes while she was driving and then blocked her from parking her car. One of those two people, a woman, then reportedly approached the Muslim woman’s car and started shouting abuse and obscenities including, "You should f***ing go home, and you should be f***ing deported," and threatened to "rip her face off if she sees her again.”
The Minneapolis Police Department is looking in to the incident, including examining surveillance video from the neighboring stores.
"This incident is alarming and appears to be the result of growing Islamophobia -- and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It’s troubling to know that Muslim women in our state have to fear going about in their daily lives."
Hussein noted that this is the second such incident in the span of a week in Minnesota. This past Saturday, a Muslim woman was followed and harassed by a man in Moorhead, Minn.
CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
Video: FBI Meets with Mosque Targeted by Anti-Islam Letter After CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/21/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights group, today denounced Mayor de Blasio’s surprise appointment of Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s newly reconstituted “Handschu Committee.” The civilian representative is intended to serve as an independent watchdog on NYPD intelligence division investigations, ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services Division consent decree, which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance.
“Today’s surprise appointment, made without any consultation with the Muslim community, lacks the cooperation we needed to have confidence in this appointment,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Mayor de Blasio is asking us to blindly trust his appointee will curb the NYPD’s abusive surveillance, but that trust must be earned.”
“Mr. Robinson has exemplary legal credentials, but there’s no assurance this longtime prosecutor will be willing to curtail the NYPD’s pattern of unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Once again, Mayor de Blasio has given up a chance at lasting change to paper-over our dysfunctional and discriminatory intelligence apparatus.”
Muslim community members are asked to report any police harassment and discrimination to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/