“It’s inappropriate for our 6th and 7th grade textbooks to exclude the hundreds of millions of Muslims from South Asia,” said CAIR Sacramento Valley Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem. “Changes to curriculum should be informed by academic experts with relevant expertise.”
The California State Board of Education Members will be voting on the final version of middle and high school history textbooks that will be adopted in the curriculum across California and will be in effect for up to 10 years, and likely adopted by other states across the United States.
The current version of the textbook has blatantly inaccurate representations of Muslims, Sikhs, and Dalits, put forth by the Hindu American Foundation, which is attempting to erase and rewrite the histories of our communities from history textbooks. If this version without our proposed edits is adopted, it will pave a path towards institutionalized Islamophobia and complete erasure of minority voices and experiences from our youth’s understanding of history.
(WASHINGTON, D.C, 6/8/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact their elected representatives in Congress to urge them to oppose the “Combating BDS Act of 2016,” which would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of businesses and institutions that participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank.
Sponsored earlier this year by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Reps. Robert Dold (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA), the bill authorizes “State and local governments to divest from entities that engage in commerce-related or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activities targeting Israel.”
CAIR also launched an online action alert urging American’s who value the First Amendment-protected right of boycotting to contact their members of Congress to oppose S.2531 and H.R.4514.
SEE: ACTION ALERT
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/26/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to help counter the continued introduction of unconstitutional and discriminatory “anti-Sharia,” “anti-foreign law,” and “anti-Islamic Indoctrination” bills in state legislatures nationwide by introducing a pair of anti-Islamophobia resolutions that recognize the contributions of American Muslims and reaffirm the right of citizens to practice their faith within the law and free of government interference.
The two resolutions, “Recognizing the Accomplishments of Muslim Citizens” and “Faith in Our State and Laws,” along with step-by-step advice on the introduction and passage of those resolutions, are part of a new CAIR toolkit called “Recognizing American Muslim contributions in Our States.”