(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 12/8/2016) - The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on the FBI to join a hate crime investigation of a dead pig being dumped at an Islamic center in that state. [NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.]
Police say the pig was dumped at the Islamic Center of Lawton in Lawton, Okla., on Tuesday night. Surveillance video shows a pick-up truck pulling into the parking lot of the center and turning around. The truck backs up and the pig’s carcass falls off the tailgate. The vehicle then drives away.
“The FBI should add its resources to the investigation of this case, and all those state and national public figures who promote and exploit the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation should speak out against the post-election wave of such incidents targeting American Muslims,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani.
He said CAIR’s national office has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election.
Since the November 8th election, thousands of ordinary Americans have offered their support for CAIR’s important civil rights and advocacy work. More than 3,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds have contacted CAIR asking to become volunteers. More than 4,000 individuals and foundations gave donations to CAIR.
Major media outlets also encouraged support for CAIR:
“With Trump threatening a national Muslim Registry and hate crimes against minority groups massively increasing in the days after the election, it’s critically important to support organizations like CAIR.” The Huffington Post, November 22, 2016
"CAIR is a grassroots organization that works to protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, challenge misrepresentations of Islam, and create partnerships that foster mutual understanding between Muslim Americans and other groups through advocacy and education." Buzzfeed, November 10, 2016
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations defends against threats like the president-elect's proposed registry of Muslims. Donate to CAIR." Hollywood Reporter, November 25, 2016
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CAIR’s 22nd Annual Banquet is December 17th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Past events have been sold out, and no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and to show YOUR support for CAIR. Tickets are selling fast.
With the theme "Uniting America: Building Bridges, Not Walls," the evening banquet will feature Gold Star father and constitutional activist Khizr Khan, Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, and Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C.
(NEW YORK, NY, 12/8/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed the arrest of Michail Isakharov for allegedly attacking a Muslim woman in Brooklyn last month.
The November 14 attack, which took place just six days after President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory, occurred in the Kensington section of Brooklyn and was one of several post-election incidents targeting local Muslim women. According to police, Isakharov shouted “Muslims are not supposed to be driving!” before snatching the victim’s phone and grabbing the hijab off her head. Prosecutors have charged Isakharov with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal mischief in the third and fourth degrees.
“We welcome the swift response of the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce in this case, and we expect that prosecutors will make this and all hate crimes a priority,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We hope this arrest helps show that hate crimes will never be tolerated in New York City.”
“We are grateful for the leadership Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce have shown in responding to this surge in attacks,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “We expect to partner with local and state leaders to ensure that every New Yorker can practice his or her faith in safety.”
Earlier this week, police reported that a uniformed MTA officer - who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) – was assaulted by a man who yelled “You’re a terrorist and you shouldn’t be working for the city.” The alleged attacker, reportedly shoved the MTA employee down a flight of stairs, injuring her knee and ankle. The NYPD and New York State Division of Human Rights are investigating the attack as a bias incident.
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/8/16) - The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, issued a statement welcoming the proposed pro-immigrant legislation presented by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senator Ben Hueso, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta.
In a statement, CAIR-CA said:
“The immigration policies offered by President-elect Donald Trump threaten the livelihood of vulnerable communities here in California. The measures introduced today would limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration policies, provide undocumented immigrants in immigration proceedings free legal assistance, and offer more assistance in criminal court. The California Muslim community sees the proposed measures as concrete steps necessary to ensure that the rights of undocumented immigrants and vulnerable immigrant communities are protected.”
CAIR-CA advocates for a breadth of civil rights issues, which include protections for immigrants.
CAIR is 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. - END –