Urge President Bush to condemn Israeli War CrimesCAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to urge President Bush and other elected officials to end the United States' "servile stance toward Israel's war crimes" in the Gaza Strip after at least 10 unarmed Palestinian protesters, all children and teenagers, were massacred on Wednesday according to various media reports.
CAIR Launches Anti-Torture Campaign
CAIR is calling on American Muslims and
other people of conscience to help prevent the use of torture or inhumane
treatment of prisoners or detainees. A CAIR postcard urging the House of
Representatives to conduct hearings into allegations of detainee abuse by
American military personnel is now online on CAIR's web site. (The site
also contains links to news articles related to the issue of torture.)
The front of the CAIR postcard has a photograph of an Iraqi prisoner being
abused in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Text on the back of the card, under
the headline "Please Work to End Torture," reads:
"I write to you today to ask that the House of Representatives conduct
hearings into allegations of recent widespread torture by American armed
forces. We must re-establish our moral and legal obligations to respect
basic human rights in the midst of the war on terror.
"We must also make it clear to the rest of the world that America will not
abandon its traditional commitment to human rights at a time when reports
of torture have called our good faith into question.
"Please prove to the world that Americans of all backgrounds condemn the
horrifying practice of torture. There should be no country on Earth that
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=postcardjun2004
2. Click the "Send the Postcard" button.
3. Fill out your contact information.
4. Click the "Send Message" button.
5. Educate yourself and your community about the issue of torture using the
Amnesty International's "Stop Torture" Web Site
World Organization Against Torture
U.N. Convention Against Torture
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Ask Red Lobster to Resolve Muslim Bias Claim
CAIR today called on American Muslims and other
people of conscience to ask Red Lobster, the nation's largest seafood
restaurant chain, to resolve a case of alleged religious discrimination
against a Muslim employee in South Carolina.
The employee, a U.S. citizen and graduate in hospitality management who
worked for Red Lobster for almost a decade, told CAIR that co-workers began
harassing him following the 9/11 terror attacks.
In the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq, two Red Lobster staffers
allegedly made fun of the man's name and accent, suggested that he came to
America to study aviation in order to blow up buildings and ridiculed his
faith and ethnicity. (The Muslim employee was born in Morocco.) Red Lobster
management reportedly told the Muslim worker to just ignore the
Following repeated harassing behavior, the Muslim employee told CAIR he got
into a shouting match with a co-worker. Both workers were reprimanded, but
only the Muslim employee was terminated, despite Red Lobster's prior
knowledge of the hostile work environment. The case is currently in
"What this worker experienced is unacceptable and should be addressed by
upper management in Red Lobster and in its parent company, Darden
Restaurants," said CAIR Civil Rights Attorney Engy Abdelkader. "No one
should face harassment in the workplace because of their faith or ethnicity."
Abdelkader requested that Red Lobster resolve the case to the satisfaction
of the Muslim employee, clarify its policy on religious discrimination in
the workplace and institute sensitivity training for company staff.
Red Lobster has more than 670 restaurants and 63,000 employees in the
United States and Canada. The chain is operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc.
SEE: http://www.redlobster.com/ and http://www.darden.com/
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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