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CAIR Action Alert: Support the ‘Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging American Muslims and all people of conscience to urge their elected representatives in the U.S. House to support the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION & EMAIL YOUR ELECTED MEMBER OF CONGRESS

The act would require the U.S. Secretary of State to certify that United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.

SEE: McCollum Introduces Legislation to Promote Human Rights for Palestinian Children

Read the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act

Introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), the act is jointly support by original co-sponsors Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), André Carson (IN-D), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Danny K. Davis (D- IL), Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME).

“This legislation highlights Israel’s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations,” said Congresswoman McCollum in a press release issued by her office. “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act asserts that the “Israeli military detains around 500 to 700 Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 17 each year and prosecutes them before a military court system that lacks basic and fundamental guarantees of due process in violation of international standards” and “Since 2000, an estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces in the West Bank and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.”

The act also cites Human Rights Watch’s July 2015 report “Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children,” that found such detentions also included the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15 years.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Action Alert: Attend United We Dream’s ‘Operation Dream Act Now!’ Nov. 9 D.C. Rally

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November 9 marks more than two months since President Donald Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and one year since he was elected into office. The time is now, and November 9th will be the day on which America tells Congress: we demand a clean Dream Act by December!

In September, CAIR condemned President Trump’s termination of the DACA program as “pandering to the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.”

DACA is the Obama-era federal administrative relief from deportation policy that protects the rights of some 800,000 undocumented young people, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” brought to the United States as children. Since President Obama established the DACA program in 2012, it has opened a path for over three quarter of a million-young people in the United States to cultivate their business ideas, serve in the military, advance their education, and contribute to our country in innumerable ways.

EVENT DETAILS

Start: November 9 at 1 PM

Location: Columbus Circle Louisiana Ave NE & Columbus Circle Northeast Washington, DC 20002

Facebook Event Page: Operation Dream Act Now!

https://www.facebook.com/events/385869448496851

Host Contact Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WHAT IS A **CLEAN** DREAM ACT?

We need a permanent solution for our undocumented young people, but we will also not allow anti-immigrant extremists and their accomplices to use undocumented young people as bargaining chips for draconian measures to fulfill the Trump administration’s white supremacy wish list. A clean DREAM Act means Congress must swiftly pass this widely popular bipartisan bill without any additions or amendments that will put our families and the rest of our immigrant community at greater risk for undue detention and deportation. That’s why we’re fighting for a clean DREAM Act.

Tell Your Member of Congress: Pass a Clean Dream Act!

Help build momentum before the November 9th rally by pressuring Congress through local in-district visits before our action on them in DC on November 9. To sign up to visit your Member of Congress at their district office and demand they pass a clean Dream Act by December, click here: https://unitedwedream.visitthem.org/campaigns/clean-dream-act

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ALERT: Registration for CAIR’s Banquet is Closing, Only a Handful of Tickets Left

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/27/17) – Registration for CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., will close at 7 p.m., and there are only a handful of tickets remaining. No tickets will be sold at the door.

TO REGISTER BEFORE THE DEADLINE, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's banquet will feature a number of nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb
  • Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud
  • Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Former Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault II
  • Masrur Javed Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, who will receive CAIR’s “Muslim of the Year Award” for his leadership in hurricane relief efforts
  • The surviving hero and relatives of the two men who gave their lives in defense of others in Oregon
  • CAIR “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang
  • CAIR “Defender of Liberty Award” to David S. Chin, Attorney General of Hawaii and Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington State
  • Comedian Jeremy McLellan

Each attendee at CAIR’s annual banquet will also receive a sample of a new satirical “anti-Muslim ban” product.

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Banquet ticket-holders are encouraged to arrive early to register (Registration opens at 6 p.m.) and to clear security. Please bring a valid photo ID for registration. Guests will need to pass through security, and anyone who leaves the secured area will need to be re-screened. Pre-registration is required for babysitting. Hotel Address: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202]

“We thank all those who made this even possible and urge anyone who cannot attend the banquet to donate so that CAIR has the resources needed to push back against rising Islamophobia,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad urged those who wish to support CAIR’s work to donate through its website: http://www.cair.com/   

Important Banquet Information:

Babysitting

Babysitting is available for children ages 3 to 12. No children under 13 are permitted in the hall.  Babysitting is $20 per child.

Special guest check-in for babysitting:

We will have a special check-in service for you this year. Go directly to the Rosslyn room, which is on the first floor to the left of the hotel’s front desk when you come in the main hotel entrance. You will be able to both drop off your children and get checked in for the banquet. This should save you time as you will avoid having to pass through security twice.

Parking

Early arrival is strongly encouraged. Parking is available in the underground parking garage. The night of the event self-parking will be available at the discount rate of $12 per car. Spaces are limited. Parking is first come first serve. Additional parking is available at the Crystal City Shops. The Crystal City Shops parking lot can be located by making a left out of the hotel, left on 18th street, go through 1st traffic light, left at the Public Parking sign (Crystal City Shops @1750). Take the elevator to the shops and make a right out of the elevator.  Follow signs to the Marriott Gateway.

Directions

From D.C.

  • Take 14st Street South (past the National Mall and Monuments).
  • Follow signs to I-395 South.
  • Take Exit 8C Route 1 South Crystal City/Alexandria.
  • Take 15th Street exit, and turn right at the end of the ramp.
  • Turn left onto South Eads Street.
  • The hotel Is a half a block up on your left.

From Dulles

  • Take I-66 East to Washington.
  • Take Exit 75, Route 100 South to Pentagon/Alexandria.
  • Follow 110 South for approximately 2 miles.
  • Follow signs to Rout 1 South to Alexandria.
  • Take 15th Street exit, and turn right at the end of the ramp.
  • Turn left onto South Eads Street.
  • The hotel in half a block up on your left.

From BWI

  • Take I-95 South to Washington.
  • Follow I-95 across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Virginia.
  • Take the 177-B exit off the bridge (the first exit in Virginia) Route 1 North/Alexandria.
  • Follow Route 1 North for approximately 6 miles.
  • Just past the exit for National Airport, turn left onto 23rd Street.
  • Make the next right onto South Eads Street.
  • The hotel is two blocks up on your right.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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