(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 2/22/17) - On Thursday, February 23, the San Antonio, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) will join progressive, interfaith organizations* and elected officials at a news conference to condemn an anti-mosque event hosted that evening by the hate group ACT for America.
WHAT: Interfaith Coalition/Progressive Groups to Condemn Hate Group’s Anti-Mosque Event
WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Village Parkway Baptist Church, 3002 Village Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78251
* SPONSORS: Council on American-Islamic Relations San Antonio chapter (CAIR-San Antonio), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Indivisible 21, Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAR), Move-SA, Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), San Antonio Peace Center, Vets Against Islamophobia, In Common Defense PAC.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it has submitted testimony - along with almost 1,000 letters from area Muslims - in support the Maryland TRUST Act, which would support immigrants and Muslims.
The legislation is intended to ensure public safety and improve public trust by preventing local and state agencies from supplying data that could potentially be used for federal registries.
The bill analysis states, in part:
"A government agent may not (1) use governmental funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin; or (2) make a governmental database available to any person or entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement or investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin."
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 2/22/17) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed a vote by the Sterling Heights City Council to settle a lawsuit and thereby allow the building of a proposed mosque that was previously denied.
The Sterling Heights City Council last night agreed to a settlement to allow the building of the previously blocked mosque with slight modifications as well as to pay a $350,000 deductible to the city's insurance company as part of the undisclosed monetary settlement.
The settlement came as a result of a federal lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) claiming that Sterling Heights violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalize Persons Act (RLUIPA).
CAIR-MI officials met with the DOJ immediately after the contentious denial of the proposed mosque by Sterling Heights.
"We welcome the settlement reached by Sterling Heights and the DOJ regarding the previously-blocked mosque project," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "We hope that this settlement, along with last year's settlement in Pittsfield Township regarding a previously blocked Islamic school project, sends a strong message to city governments in Michigan seeking to deny zoning of religious institutions simply because they are led by Muslims."
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/21/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) and the Imam Council on Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL) - a body that represents 18 Islamic Centers in the Metropolitan area - today condemned the vandalism targeting a historic Jewish cemetery in University City.
The Imam Council will be encouraging Muslim congregations to donate money to help repair damages in the Jewish cemetery.
SEE: DONATE: Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery
In a statement, Imam Mufti Asif Umar said:
“This is a horrific and disgusting act of vandalism which cannot be tolerated. We stand with our Jewish friends who have also faced numerous bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers across the Country. We hope the perpetrators of these crimes are swiftly caught and brought to justice.”
IMCSTL wrote a letter of solidarity to the various Jewish centers in St. Louis.
This comes in the wake of a second round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers around the nation. Over President’s Day, at least 10 centers received bomb threats. CAIR’s national office has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who made these threats. Over 150 tomb stones were vandalized, knocked over or damaged in the incident.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned apparent hate vandalism targeting a Colorado family’s home.
The FBI is investigating the vandalism that was discovered early Sunday morning in Peyton, Colo. Vandals used feces and eggs to deface the home and messages of hate were left at the scene. The homeowner said of the hate messages: "About 10 percent of the messages were racial slur on us, 'You brown or Indian shouldn't be here,' something like that.”
“Our nation’s leaders – at the highest levels – need to address the growing bigotry we are witnessing around the country in the post-election period,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
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.
SEE: Video: CAIR-Chicago Condemns Vandalism of Synagogue