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Ask your senator to defend academic freedom

Ask your senator to defend academic freedom

CAIR is urging American Muslims and other people who value academic freedom to contact their senators, particularly members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, to express opposition to the creation of an International Studies Advisory Board that could be part of the Senate counterpart to H.R. 3077, the Education Reauthorization Act now being drafted by the HELP Committee.

Section 633 of the Education Reauthorization Act calls for the creation of an advisory board consisting of at least two appointees that represent national security agencies overseeing curricula, course materials and the recruitment of faculty that accept federal government money for international studies. While Asian, African, European, and Latin American area studies programs will be affected, Middle Eastern studies programs are the real target of the advisory board.

The advisory board could serve to stifle academic freedom by suppressing any views that are not viewed as supportive of Israel and in line with Muslim-bashers like Daniel Pipes, who has been actively pushing for the oversight board.

Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web site that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

In a January 13th Washington Post article, Pipes claimed "Middle East studies have not served us well" and that the board will serve to "....supervise the distribution of government funds…..of what he considers to be the radical Middle East studies lobby centered in universities such as Columbia, Georgetown and the University of Chicago."

H.R. 3077 passed the House floor with little notice of academic freedom concerns.

"At a time when Congress is pushing for democracy and academic freedom in the Middle East, it is critical that we uphold these values in our own universities," said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan Mansori.

Action Requested:

1) Contact the Chairman of the HELP Committee today and ask that section 633, which creates the advisory board, be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee.


Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300

Tel: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: (202) 224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Contact the committee member who represents your state and ask that section 633 be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee. Click here for list of committee members.

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:
    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

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

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
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

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: 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..

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