(TAMPA, FL, 8/25/2016) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) has filed a complaint in the Hillsborough County Circuit Court on behalf of two Muslim Arab men who were held at gunpoint by an employee of the Allstar Body Shop of Tampa.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Defendants and legal counsel will be available for interview at CAIR-Fl's Tampa Office from 1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
On or about December 9, 2014, after speaking with a manager of Allstar Body Shop about prices and services, employee Paul Ryan Young reportedly shouted racial and anti-Islamic slurs at cousins Samer Saqer and Samer Samhoury, saying: "You f**king Muslims! I hate your kind!" and "Go back to Afghanistan! . . .Go back, you f**king Arabs!" Young then retrieved a 9mm handgun from his car and pointed it at Samhoury's head while physically pushing Saqer. After the incident, the police found out that the gun was loaded.
Young was subsequently arrested and plead guilty to criminal charges. He was only sentenced to probation.
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/24/2016) - The California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) and its coalition partners today welcomed the passing of AB 2845, the Safe Place to Learn Act.
AB 2845 was taken up for Assembly concurrence and passed with a 65-0 vote.
Authored by Assemblymember Das Williams, this bill works to address the growing problem of bullying and discrimination based on religious affiliation or perceived religious affiliation. AB 2845 will provide certificated staff at local education agencies with school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation. The bill also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post anti-bullying resources related to affiliation or perceived affiliation with any religious group on its website.
(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/24/16) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference with local Muslim leaders to welcome the arrest of a man who threatened to decapitate worshipers at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.
WHAT: CAIR-DFW Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday August 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Al Sahabah, 6005 Chapman Road, Watauga, Texas
Mujeeb Kazi, spokesperson and board member for Masjid Al Sahabah in Watauga, said in a statement:
"The Muslim community of Watauga welcomes the arrest of James Smithey, who threatened to behead Muslims in our mosque. While our community is comprised of peace-loving, compassionate members of society, and have accepted the apology of the caller, it is important for the wheels of justice to turn to safeguard all residents from crime.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.
The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.