(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a guilty verdict in the trial of a Tennessee man who planned to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York.
Robert Doggart, 65, was found guilty of all charges, including solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of a building and making a threat in interstate commerce, for the planned attack on a Muslim community in Hancock, N.Y., called Islamberg.
“We welcome this verdict and hope it will serve as a deterrent to anyone who may contemplate acts of violence targeting American Muslims or any other minority group,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Donald Trump.
Unknown Trespasser Threatens Friday Bomb
(CHICAGO, IL 2/16/17) - TODAY, Thursday, February 16, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a press conference at the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines (ICC Des Plaines) to discuss a bomb threat that was made by a trespasser yesterday against that Muslim congregation.
Video footage taken by the security camera and photographs taken by bystanders show a white, middle-aged man carrying a backpack trespassing into ICC Des Plaines. It is reported he told one of the Muslim bystanders that "everything here will be blown up by Friday," the day of weekly congregation prayers.
CAIR-Chicago will be joined at the press conference by leadership from the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines to discuss the threats.
WHO: CAIR-Chicago and ICC Des Plaines
WHAT: Press Conference on bomb threat at ICC Des Plaines
WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, February 16th, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: ICC Des Plaines, 480 Potter Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned several cases of vandalism reported in Howard County, Md., at least two of which involved the word “Trump” being spray-painted on vehicles.
One of the families whose vehicle was vandalized identifies as Hispanic, and family members are concerned that they were targeted because of their national origin, even though they are legal residents.
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of President Donald Trump.
"This is one more disturbing example of the impact that the current administration's decisions and policies are having on ordinary Americans," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We encourage law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice."
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a vote by Maryland state lawmakers to expand the state attorney general's power to challenge unconstitutional federal policies and presidential executive orders.
The joint resolution allows Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for actions that are deemed to infringe on Marylanders' rights or access to health care, civil liberties, economic security, environment, immigration or international travel.
In a testimony submitted to relevant Committee Members on the issue, CAIR wrote in part:
"Maryland is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims – some of whom are refugees and immigrants; some of whom hail from one of the seven countries listed on the Muslim ban; the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who contribute to society, pay taxes and seek to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Our state and our country are richer for their contributions.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the cancellation of an appearance by anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney tomorrow in Maryland.
Gaffney, whose conspiracy theories have reportedly been used as the ideological basis for President Trump’s recent “Muslim ban,” had been invited to speak at the Kenwood Golf & Country Club on Thursday, February 16th by the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women.
CAIR and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition announced a protest against Gaffney’s appearance.
Within hours after announcing that it was co-sponsoring the protest, CAIR learned directly from a club representative that the event was canceled.
Protest Facebook Page: Protest Islamophobe Frank Gaffney in Bethesda, MD
(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