(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/1/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) in requesting an investigation of the alleged repeated harassment targeting a Muslim student in West Virginia because of his ethnicity and religion.
CAIR and the ACLU-WV submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding treatment of the Muslim senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W. Va., who has allegedly been repeatedly harassed on school grounds.
Earlier this month, a group of students allegedly called the Muslim student a “suicide bomber” and chanted the words “Allahu Akbar” (the Islamic phrase “God is Great”) at him. When the Muslim student confronted his harassers, a scuffle ensued. The Muslim student received a two-day suspension because of this event, the same as the students who were harassing him.
Last week, the Muslim student was again allegedly harassed on school grounds. Another group of students reportedly yelled racial and religious slurs at him as he was leaving campus. The Muslim student and his cousin were also allegedly called “terrorists” by a teacher during last year’s Model United Nations.
“School districts and their staff and other agents have obligations under federal law, state law, and district policies to prevent and protect against bullying, intimidation, or harassment. Under all of these laws, a district’s indifference to bullying, intimidation, or harassment taking place in its schools or among its students can expose the district and its officials and employees to liability,” said Jamie Lynn Crofts Legal Director, ACLU-WV.
(ATLANTA, GA, 3/1/17) - Over the next week, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to deliver educational presentations about American Muslims, Islamophobia and terrorism to people of all faiths during open houses at two Georgia mosques targeted by anti-Muslim extremists.
"Georgia Muslims can think of no better response to hate speech than opening our doors, greeting our neighbors and directly addressing hot-button issues, including the twin evils of terrorism and Islamophobia," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, which has delivered Islam 101 presentations at numerous other mosques and churches around the state. "Education is the best vaccine against discrimination."
The Islamic Society of Augusta, which has been the site of protests by an anti-Muslim extremist who carries a weapon while desecrating copies of the Quran outside the mosque, plans to welcome members of the public for "Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Terrorism & Bigotry" an interfaith open house on Thursday, March 2, at 7 pm.
During the event, CAIR-GA plans to deliver a presentation explaining who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practices, followed by a Question & Answer session regarding hot topics, including terrorism and Islamophobia.
What: "Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Terrorism & Bigotry" Open House
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 2/28/17) – On Wednesday, March 1, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR San Diego) and community members will gather at the Otay Water District Board meeting to hold Board Member
Hector Gastelum accountable for the bigoted statements he has made toward the Muslim Community on Facebook and Twitter.
SEE: Water district official criticized for anti-Muslim comments on Twitter, Facebook http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/religion/sd-me-otay-Local official posts hurtful tweets about Muslims
WHAT: CAIR-San Diego to Seek Accountability for Official’s Anti-Muslim Comments
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Otay Water District Boardroom, District headquarters, 2554 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard, Spring Valley, CA.
“We ask all people of conscience to hold Hector Gastelum and similar hate-mongers accountable for their bigotry, hate and xenophobia,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. “Such hate expressed by an elected official should not be tolerated.”
(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