(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/19/17) – On Friday, January 20, the Greater Los Angeles area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will join local Muslim and Latino community activists to form a partnership called The Muslim-Latino Collaborative. The collaborative aims to support and unify both communities by encouraging mutual learning, developing meaningful relationships and promoting solidarity in action.
The press conference will bring leaders and members of both communities together to learn from and about one another, build relationships based on mutual trust, promote empathy and inclusion, and to help protect and defend one another. The purpose of the collaborative is to also educate and mobilize the Muslim and Latino communities and amplify their voices in the pursuit of unity and justice.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it is joining with the United Church of Christ (UCC) in the release video promoting interfaith understanding.
The video, called “Trading Places,” seeks to demonstrate that major religions, while unique and distinct, do share common core values, like love, peace, family, and justice. The 90-second video shows three clergy members swapping their religious attire and then going to preach in the others’ house of worship. The message is that, regardless of the specific rituals and beliefs, these faiths are all inherently good and loving.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today announced the filing of complaints with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over reports of systematic questioning of American-Muslim citizens by CBP about their religious and political views.
The complaints were filed in coordination with CAIR’s national office and its chapters in Florida, California and New York. The complaints outline increased scrutiny of American Muslims’ social media accounts and the contents of mobile phones, along with interrogations about constitutionally-protected beliefs.
Questions asked of American Muslims by the CPB reportedly included:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) guidance documents on how to prevent discrimination in air travel issued to airline personnel.
In its announcement, the DOT released the following two documents:
The “Guidance for Airline Personnel on Nondiscrimination in Air Travel,” stresses the legal obligation to operate without discriminating in air travel based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry. The second document, “Passengers’ Right to Fly Free from Discrimination,” helps passengers understand their rights when flying on commercial airlines.
In the new documents, airline personnel are offered a number of “Illustrative Scenarios,” including ones in which a passenger is observed holding a book written in Arabic, a “bearded male passenger with a tan complexion boards the aircraft” and others in which passengers wear a Sikh turban or an Islamic head scarf (hijab).
“Following our recent efforts calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue clear policy guidelines for the airline industry, we welcome this development as a positive step toward eliminating discrimination against passengers based on their actual or perceived religious or ethnic background,” said CAIR National Staff Attorney Maha Sayed.