(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/25/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) welcomes the arrest of an Agoura Hills man accused of making criminal threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The arrest comes at a time when hate crimes against Muslims spiked in the past year to its highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A similar plot was recently thwarted in Kansas.
Mark Feigin, 40, is accused of making two calls to ICSC last month threatening to kill people at the center. Feigin was arrested on Oct. 19 after investigators traced the calls and detectives found nine guns and 250 pounds of ammunition inside Feigin's home, according to police.
Audience included 150+ registered voters with ballots, pens in hand, American Muslim veterans, law enforcement, medical professionals, and scouts
(SEATTLE, WA, 10/25/2016) — On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) held secretary of state and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) debates at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond, Wash.
Distinguished audience members including American Muslim U.S. military combat veterans, fire fighters, public school teachers, young first-time voters and families with children, among others, introduced themselves in detail and asked questions of the candidates. [NOTE: Many of these distinguished persons are available for interviews this week and beyond].
The OSPI debate between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal began at 6:30 p.m. The secretary of state debate between incumbent Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski began at 7:30 p.m. KIRO-TV and KHQ-TV streamed the debates live on their web sites, www.kiro7.com and www.khq.com
(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 10/25/16) -- The Columbus Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today applauded a resolution adopted by the Columbus City Council "To Condemn Religious Intolerance and the Rise of Islamophobia, and Declare Support for the Muslim Community in the City of Columbus.” The resolution was accepted by CAIR-Columbus on behalf of the Central Ohio Muslim Community.
"We thank Council Member Michael Stinziano for his leadership in introducing this resolution affirming a commitment to religious freedom and respect for diversity," said CAIR-Columbus Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal. "The resolution is a clear repudiation of anti-Muslim hate and sends a strong message to those who seek to promote divisions in our nation."
CAIR-Columbus also expressed gratitude to the Central Ohio Chapter of Jewish Voices for Peace, which was instrumental in the passing of the resolution.
“Central Ohio Jewish Voice for Peace decided to take up this issue in light of its member’s own memory of the persecution of Jews and other minorities under Nazi Germany. I was brought up to believe in ‘Never Again’,” said Amy Shuster on behalf of the group, “and what that means is that we will never again stand by silently while vulnerable members of our community are targeted by extremist hate groups.”
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 10/25/16) -- The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today condemned hate vandalism targeting a Spanish immersion school in Winsor, Calif.
Vandals spray-painted hate messages all over the Cali Calmecac Language Academy, including "Trump 2016, build the wall higher," an apparent reference to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a border wall with Mexico. The majority of students at the school are Latino.
“We condemn this hate vandalism and the type of bigoted political rhetoric that inevitably leads to such acts,” said CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo.
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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