CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations - CAIR Tue, 23 May 2017 05:01:56 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (CAIR) Muslim Civil Rights Group Launches ‘Inspired to CAIR’ Video Series (WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today published the first of a planned series of short videos with the theme “Inspired to CAIR” and featuring that group’s representatives explaining why they are inspired serve the Muslim community and the cause of civil rights. #InspiredToCAIR

Today’s first “Inspired to CAIR” video features CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.

WATCH - 'Inspired to CAIR' Video: CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush

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CAIR to Offer Ramadan 'Know Your Rights as an Employee' Webinar CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/22/2017) – On Thursday, May 25, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will offer a ‘Know Your Rights as an Employee’ informational webinar at 8 p.m. EDT.

The webinar will help individuals better understand their legal rights in the workplace. It will address common questions for American Muslims as they attempt to balance their obligations at work while also making the most of the blessed month of Ramadan.

CAIR attorneys will discuss legal rights and best practices for seeking workplace accommodations such as prayer, breaking the Ramadan fast, religious attire, and holidays.

WHAT: 'Know Your Rights as an Employee' Webinar

WHEN: Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. EDT


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CAIR: U.S. Muslims Urged to Hold ‘Fast Forward’ Interfaith Iftars During Ramadan CAIR National logoCAIR to offer community webinar on ‘Planning a ‘Fast Forward’ Interfaith Iftar this Ramadan’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/17) -- On or about Saturday, May 27,* the Muslim community in America and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don).

 [*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan.]

Because of the rising level of Islamophobia nationwide in recent months, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization -- is urging local mosques to host “Fast Forward” interfaith “iftars,” or fast-breaking meals. #FastForwardIftar

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CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links screenshot 2017 05 22 11 33 14(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/22/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”

SEE: Police, FBI Investigating University of Maryland Killing as Possible Hate Crime

FBI Investigating UMD Fatal Stabbing as Possible Hate Crime

The victim, Richard Collins III, 23, of Calvert County, was stabbed early Saturday morning on the University of Maryland College Park campus. He was preparing to graduate Tuesday. He had recently been commissioned into the army as a lieutenant.

The suspect, who is a University of Maryland student, has been charged with first degree murder. Police say the unprovoked attack is being investigated as a possibly racially-motivated crime because of the extreme bias toward women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith, and African-Americans exhibited by “Alt-Reich Nation.”

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CAIR Responds to President Trump’s Speech on Islam, Calls for ‘New Policies and Concrete Actions’ CAIR Responds to President Trumps Speech on Islam Calls for New Policies and Concrete Actions(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/21/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today responded to President Trump’s speech broadcast this morning from Saudi Arabia seeking to reset relations with the Muslim world.

Last week, CAIR offered advice to the president as he prepared the speech offered today.

SEE: CAIR Offers Advice to Trump on ‘Islam’ Speech Being Written by Author of Muslim Ban

In his response to President Trump’s speech, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“While President Trump’s address today in Saudi Arabia appears to be an attempt to set a new and more productive tone in relations with the Muslim world, one speech cannot outweigh years of anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals - including an attempt to enact a Muslim ban by executive order, which his administration continues to defend in court.

“We welcome President Trump’s recognition of Islam as ‘one of the world’s great faiths,’ but that recognition does not wipe out years of well-documented anti-Islam animus. The president should also recognize the contributions American Muslims make – and have made for generations - to the betterment of our nation.

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CAIR Condemns Planned Pennsylvania KKK Cross-Burning CAIR National logo

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/19/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a planned cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on Saturday in Pennsylvania’s southern Lancaster County.

CAIR says the KKK will stage the cross-lighting at an undisclosed farm in that county. Local officials and law enforcement agencies have also condemned the event.

SEE: KKK Plans Rally with Cross Burning in Lancaster County Saturday

“Pennsylvanians of all faiths and backgrounds should unite in condemning this hate-filled event and the rising bigotry that it represents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR chapters in other states have similarly condemned rising bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups.

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CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies CAIR First Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to Muslim Ban Federal Agencies(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/18/2017) -- Just prior to President Trump’s first official travel to a Muslim-majority country, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a report documenting anti-Muslim incidents in the first quarter of 2017. In more than 50 percent of incidents, federal government agencies were identified as the instigator.

The civil rights group’s first-quarter update also noted that 33 percent of anti-Muslim bias incidents were related to the Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States Executive Order, also known as the Trump administration’s "Muslim Ban."

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

“As President Trump prepares to visit a Muslim-majority country, it is important that he first condemn the wave of Islamophobic bias in America that has in part been triggered by his own campaign rhetoric and policies that target the Muslim community,” said Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “The President has yet to step up and condemn a single incident in which an American Muslim was targeted.” The most frequent type of incidents documented by CAIR so far in 2017 involved U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The second most common type of incidents involved episodes in which the complainant was questioned by FBI employees or otherwise appeared to be inappropriately targeted by the agency.

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CAIR-Missouri Urges Governor to Veto Bill Weakening Workplace Discrimination Protection cair logos Missouri(ST. LOUIS, MO, 5/18/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR-Missouri) is calling on Governor Eric Greitens to veto Senate Bill 43, which would significantly increase the burden for proving discrimination in the workplace.

In a joint letter to the governor, CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed and the group’s Civil Rights Staff Attorney Robert West wrote in part:

“The Missouri Human Rights Act includes some of the most important protections that workers in the state of Missouri enjoy. The premise of these protections is simple: we shall not tolerate any discrimination in the workplace. If discrimination plays any role in an employer’s adverse decisions against an employee or potential employee, or any role in creating a hostile work environment for an employee, then that employee has recourse to make them whole again.

“Signing SB 43 into law would send a clear message that in the State of Missouri, a certain level of discrimination in Missouri is perfectly acceptable, and there is nothing victims of discrimination can do about it. Passing this law will tell employers that they should feel free to discriminate against employees based on their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age, and/or familial status, provided that discrimination remains within acceptable parameters as outlined by SB 43. As a civil rights organization, and furthermore as Missourians, we find this unacceptable.”

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CAIR Offers Advice to Trump on ‘Islam’ Speech Being Written by Author of Muslim Ban CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered President Trump some advice on a scheduled speech outlining his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam” during an upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia. Trump leaves for his first foreign trip on Friday, which starts in Saudi Arabia.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who had a key role in the controversial “Muslim ban” executive orders, will reportedly help write the president’s speech on Islam.

Report: Travel Ban Architect Drafting Trump Speech on Islam

The president’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster recently said Trump will "deliver an inspiring yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president's hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.” “The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners,” said McMaster.

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CAIR Good News Alert: Air Force to Review Islamophobic Instructor’s Course Content in Response to CAIR’s Concerns CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Air Force to review course materials offered by a counterterrorism instructor at its United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida who CAIR says is associated with an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece” and has made a number of false statements about Islam and Muslims.

That review, which CAIR has confirmed with relevant officials, comes following a letter CAIR sent in March to Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander of the U.S. Airforce Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida citing instructor Patrick Dunleavy’s past Islamophobic statements and his association with the hate group Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

 SEE: CAIR Asks Air Force to Drop Islamophobic Instructor Linked to Anti-Muslim ‘Propaganda’ Group

Dunleavy teaches a USAFSOS course called “The Dynamics of International Terrorism” and is a “senior fellow” with IPT.

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