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CAIR-MN Action Alert: Urge St. Cloud City Council to Vote ‘NO’ on Moratorium on Refugee Resettlement

CAIR-MN Action Alert: Urge St. Cloud City Council to Vote ‘NO’ on Moratorium on Refugee Resettlement

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/17/2017) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is calling on all Minnesotans to urge the St. Cloud City Council to vote “NO” on a motion calling for a moratorium on refugee resettlement in St. Cloud.

Sources report to CAIR-MN that the anti-refugee motion will be introduced by Councilmember Jeff Johnson (4th Ward) during the next city council meeting taking place on Monday, October 23.

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“Members of the St. Cloud City Council should vote against Councilman Jeff Johnson’s despicable, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and ill-informed motion targeting refugees,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Discrimination and bigotry towards refugees should not have a place in the St. Cloud City Council.”

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: ISNA President Azhar Azeez to Speak at CAIR’s 23rd Annual Banquet

Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/9/17) -- Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), will be a keynote speaker at CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

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

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's 23rd Annual Banquet will feature a number of other nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb, Islamic Scholar and Community Leader
  • Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud
  • Abdul El-Sayed, 2018 Candidate for Governor of Michigan

Banquet attendees will also be entertained by comedian Jeremy McLellan, will meet the winners of CAIR’s annual awards and will hear from the surviving hero and from relatives of the two men who gave their lives in defense of others in Oregon.

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Individual tickets cost $65.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Reform or End Warrantless Collection of U.S. Citizens’ International Communications

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to tell their congressional representatives to either significantly revise or let expire at the end of this year Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Act (FISA) -- a law that permits the U.S. government to “incidentally” capture and warrantlessly search the communications of millions of U.S. citizens and residents.

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At a minimum, Section 702 must be reformed to require federal officials to obtain a FISA court warrant based on probable cause to search and unmask any data of U.S. citizens and residents captured under the program. Under a probable cause standard, the government would need to provide evidence that the person whose data was intercepted is a “foreign power” or “agent of a foreign power” that possess a tangible threat to the safety and security to the U.S. either directly or through an immediate link. Absent probable cause, any other communications of U.S. persons should be made inaccessible to federal agencies and purged from U.S. databases.

BACKGROUND:

Since it was enacted in 2008, Section 702 of FISA has led to the indiscriminate bulk collection of millions of American citizens’ communication data. Prior to Section 702, government agencies had to prove an individual was a “foreign power or agent of a foreign power” to secure a warrant to intercept electronic communications.

Under Section 702, the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence are authorized to surveil and collect the communications of foreign nationals who are not U.S. persons or are currently located outside the U.S. without the need of a FISA warrant. However, while intercepting the bulk foreign communications data, the communications of U.S. citizens and residents are regularly amassed and stored.

Earlier this year the Director of National Intelligence’s office failed to honor its pledge of providing Congress with an official estimate to the number of Americans and permanent residents’ communications that were incidentally collected under Section 702.

This indiscriminate data collection impacts Americans’ right to privacy and exercise of free speech as warrantless searches under Section 702 classify all exchanges with foreign entities or persons as a potential security threat.

Tens of thousands of times a year, the NSA, CIA, and FBI routinely search these databases that include millions of Americans’ communications without warrants. American Muslims are particularly vulnerable to overly broad searches that make little distinction between “foreign intelligence” and “foreign affairs” queries. This is especially true as President Trump fosters a national security environment that is hostile to Americans Muslims and their civil rights.

The federal government’s foreign surveillance interception of domestic communications also impacts the free speech and privacy rights of those who engage in: advocacy work, journalism, online and electronic media, immigration related work, international legal counsel, victims of human rights abuses, and the many others who regularly engage in foreign communication but pose no danger to the U.S.

According to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB, an independent government agency within the Executive Branch, Section 702 has never provided meaningful information about domestic terrorist threats, and has at most helped in one terrorism investigation.

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. 

 

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