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Mosque leaders urged to sign up 100 CAIR members

Mosque leaders urged to sign up 100 CAIR members

CAIR is calling on all Muslim community leaders and activists to organize membership drives after Jumah prayers to sign up 100 new members for our new member campaign, "Building a Better America...One Member at a Time." The campaign is intended (God willing) to sign up 25,000 new CAIR members by our 10th year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

(NOTE: We can mail you membership forms or you may print the form below and fax it or mail it to CAIR. For more information, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CAIR depends on you to be more active and organized locally so we can be more effective nationally. Now is the time to start a membership drive. In your khutbah, you can talk about CAIR's service to the Muslim community in the past 10 years.

  • CAIR has defended the rights of thousands of community members. When someone has been discriminated against at school, on the job, or anywhere else, CAIR was there.
  • CAIR representatives have taken to the nation's airwaves and conducted thousands of interviews to defend Islam and Muslims and to educate people about Islam and issues of concern to American Muslims. CAIR has given Muslims a voice in the media.
  • CAIR has provided steady leadership through times of crisis. After the terror attacks of 9/11, both Muslims and non-Muslims looked to CAIR for guidance and support.
  • CAIR educates our community through its many lectures and workshops on how to deal with the media and elected officials.
We must support our institutions in order to be respected and well represented. CAIR has raised the standard of work not only for our community, but for all advocacy and civil rights groups. NOW is the time to show your support for CAIR. IT IS SIMPLE, the more members we have, the more effective CAIR can be in empowering American Muslims, defending civil liberties and portraying an accurate image of Islam.

For only $10 a year, you can become a CAIR member. Sign up today and become a part of the team. In addition to the Friday khutbah, you should encourage membership through your email lists or community newsletters.

Immediate Action Requested:
    1. Organize a membership drive after Friday prayers at your mosque or Islamic center. Set a goal of at least 100 new members if you are a large community. Small communities should sign up everyone as a member. Through a khutbah, discuss the above points.
    2. Join in the effort yourself. Become or renew your membership, and make sure to add your spouse as a member for only $10. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org
    3. Ask all your friends, relatives and colleagues to become members of CAIR.
    4. Make your Islamic center an "organizational member" of CAIR for $1,000 per year.
    5. A special thanks will go out on CAIR-Net for the Islamic Centers that sign up the most members.
    6. Down load the following membership form for mail-in (for those who do not have internet access) or contact us at 202-646-6043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive actual envelopes.
    7. Please note: you do not have to be a US citizen or a Muslim to become a CAIR member or to donate.
    8. If you receive CAIR email, this does not mean you are a member! We urge those of you have been receiving our complimentary emails for all these years to be the first to become a member for only $10/year.

Boston Radio Host says Kill All Muslims

Boston Radio Host says Kill All Muslims

In its first “Hate Hurts America” action alert, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the termination of Jay Severin, a Boston-area radio talk show host, who allegedly said, “Let’s kill all Muslims” in his Thursday afternoon program.

WTKK-FM General Manager Matt Mills told CAIR that in a discussion about how Severin claims Muslims want to take over America, even if it takes centuries, Severin said, “I’ve got an idea, let’s kill all Muslims.”

While Mills said that he would speak to Severin to “make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he did acknowledge that if Severin had said the same thing about African-Americans that he would no longer be on the air.

“I have spoken to Jay Severin and he knows we take this seriously and do not condone offensive remarks toward any religious groups and he will be apologizing on his show Monday afternoon,” Mills said in an email. “He did not intend to offend anyone.”

CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad said: “We believe a mere reprimand and apology is insufficient and demand that he be taken off the air as he would be if he had attacked any other religious or ethnic group.”

Ahmad added that such hateful rhetoric has a direct impact on the American Muslim community. He cited examples of anti-Muslim incidents that took place recently in Texas, such as a shooting at a Denton mosque, an e-mailed threat against the Islamic Center of El Paso (authorities have made an arrest in this case), arson attacks on Muslim businesses in San Antonio and racist graffiti scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by conservative talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith mistrust and hostility.

Immediate Action Requested: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

Contact Matt Mills, WTKK-FM General Manager, to ask that he fire Jay Severin for his anti-Muslim remarks.

Mr. .Matt Mills
55 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3315
Phone: (617) 822-9600
Fax: (617) 822-6859
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Mr. Severin’s sponsors and make them aware of your concerns.

Smile Boston - Dr. Steven Spitz
665 Beacon Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02215
617-437-1060
http://www.smileboston.net

J.D. Associates - A Division of Mander, Inc.
Longview Corporate Center
80 Erdman Way, Suite 301
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 840-2096 Fax: (978) 840-2098
Toll Free: (800) 564-4488

The Camera Company
858 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA 02062
1-781-769-0210

EDC-Excell Data & Communications Inc
464 High Street
Clinton MA 01510
Phone: 800-947-3882

Kitchen Sales, Inc.
60 Manley Street
West Bridgewater, Ma 02379
1-508-588-1234
Toll free 1-800-553-4330

The Countertop Shoppe
853 N. Main Street Suite 202
Leominster, MA 01453
Toll free at: (800) 714-8114
Fax: (978) 537- 4694

Yale Appliance
296 Freeport Street
Boston, MA 02122
1-617-825-YALE

Seasonal Pool & Patio
256 Cambridge Street Rte 3A
Burlington MA 01803
Phone: 781 272-8422

(A complete list of Jay Severin's sponsors may be located at: http://www.969fmtalk.com under FM Talk Advertisers.)

Join CAIR’s “Hate Hurts America” campaign by listening to radio talk shows and documenting any anti-Muslim content with exact quotes from the program. Record the show. Label and date your tapes, and indicate the time on the tape of the most offensive quotes. Report all incidents to CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, faxing 202-488-0833, or e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAIR renews call for radio host's firing

CAIR renews call for radio host's firing

CAIR today renewed its call for the firing of a Boston-area radio talk show host after a newspaper report showed that his anti-Muslim remarks were even more offensive than first thought.

CAIR made its original demand last Friday after receiving a complaint from a concerned listener who said WTKK-FM (www.969fmtalk.com) host Jay Severin urged the killing of American Muslims. Quotes from a tape of the actual program obtained by the Boston Globe show that Severin called Muslims a "fifth column"* in America and seemed to confirm the report that he wanted them killed. (WTKK denied CAIR's request for a tape of the program.)

The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested that the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said:

"I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column…The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the time comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

"My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, see an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not the United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes," the caller said.

"I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I regret that."

See: Radio host says remarks misconstrued

"The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had initially been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this country and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call for his termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC investigation of Severin's remarks.

Hundreds of concerned Muslims have already contacted the station and its advertisers to ask for Severin's dismissal. At least one advertiser has pulled its ads from the station.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith mistrust and hostility. A recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide has been blamed at least in part on the increase in Islamophobic rhetoric in America.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

(* "Fifth column" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "a clandestine subversive organization working within a country to further an invading enemy's military and political aims." It was first applied in 1936 to rebel sympathizers inside Madrid when four columns of rebel troops were attacking that city.)

Immediate Action Requested: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

Contact Matt Mills, WTKK-FM General Manager, to ask that he fire Jay Severin for his anti-Muslim remarks.

Mr. Matt Mills
General Manager
55 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3315
Phone: (617) 822-9600
Fax: (617) 822-6859
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Mr. Severin's sponsors and make them aware of your concerns. (Always be polite and respectful.)

Smile Boston - Dr. Steven Spitz
665 Beacon Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02215
617-437-1060

www.smileboston.net
Longview Corporate Center
80 Erdman Way, Suite 301
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 840-2096 Fax: (978) 840-2098
Toll Free: (800) 564-4488

The Camera Company
858 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA 02062
1-781-769-0210

EDC-Excell Data & Communications Inc
464 High Street
Clinton MA 01510
Phone: 800-947-3882

Kitchen Sales, Inc.
60 Manley Street
West Bridgewater, Ma 02379
1-508-588-1234
Toll free 1-800-553-4330

The Countertop Shoppe
853 N. Main Street Suite 202
Leominster, MA 01453
Toll free at: (800) 714-8114
Fax: (978) 537- 4694

Seasonal Pool & Patio
256 Cambridge Street Rte 3A
Burlington MA 01803
Phone: 781 272-8422

Join CAIR's "Hate Hurts America" campaign by listening to radio talk shows and documenting any anti-Muslim content with exact quotes from the program. Record the show. Label and date your tapes, and indicate the time on the tape of the most offensive quotes. Report all incidents to CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, faxing 202-488-0833, or e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to challenge anti-Muslim Rhetoric on the Radio

  1. Force yourself to listen. It may be distasteful and upsetting, but unless people of conscience listen to these programs, the bigotry they spew will go unchallenged.

  2. Document the program's anti-Muslim content. Without exact quotes from the program, any response will be ineffective. Record the show. Label and date your tapes, and indicate the time on the tape of the most offensive quotes. You can record programs that are broadcast on the Internet using sound recording software such as Audacity. SEE: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  3. Set up a quick-response list of people in your area who can be contacted quickly by phone or e-mail to call in to the program.

  4. Transcribe the most offensive comments. Distribute these transcripts to those on your action list.

  5. Call in to the show. If several people call in, it can change the entire direction of the program. REMEMBER - On radio, the first person to get angry loses the debate.

  6. Write letters to station managers or owners and ask others to write letters. Station officials need to hear your views. Even a few letters can have an impact.

  7. Request a meeting between station officials and local Muslim leaders and activists. Bring interfaith and minority coalition partners along to the meeting.

  8. Notify local media of your efforts. Send a press release about any action, such as protests or letter-writing campaigns to advertisers that you initiate.

  9. Organize a demonstration. A demonstration can draw attention to the problem. Large signs or placards and a one-page flyer with some of the worst on-air statements by the host and your coalition's demands will educate the public.

  10. Put pressure on advertisers. Make note of the advertisers on the offensive program. Contact each one and ask that others in your action list contact them as well. Ask that they drop their commercials from the offensive programs. BE POLITE and PROFESSIONAL in all your communications.

  11. File a complaint with the FCC, particularly if the host uses indecent or obscene language.

    To file a complaint, go to:
    http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html
    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tel: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
    Fax: 1-866-418-0232

  12. Report all incidents to CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, faxing 202-488-0833, or e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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