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Indiana: Muslim teen helps veteran overcome prejudice

Muslim-exchange-studentBy Rondrell Moore, WTHI, 5/13/2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A military man's beliefs have been changed for the better, thanks to a new addition to his family.
Brian Miller served in the army in the 1980s in various locations. He's a military vet, with a pride for country, you'd be hard pressed to match. His son fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Miller said his son had negative experiences while in those areas. He admits those experiences, in addition to the events of 9/11 gave him a skewed view of a big part of middle eastern culture.
"I wouldn't say hate or racist, I would say dislike of the Muslim community," Miller said.  
However, his beliefs would be turned upside down once his fiancee announced the family would be getting a little bigger. She works for the state exchange program that places students with families, and one of them needed a home.
That's where we met Brian's newest son, Ali Naqvi.
"They accepted me in their home and I ended up being their ... exchange student." (Full article)

CAIR staff give workshops on civil rights, civic engagement

Freedom-to-eventThis weekend was a busy one for the staff at CAIR's national office. On Saturday, 4/27, two of our civil rights attorneys led a "Know Your Rights" workshop with the Peace Islamic Center in Burke, Va. That event was followed by a civic engagement workshop on Sunday, 4/28, at Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC, encouraging the Muslim community to get involved and politically active.

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CAIR-DFW Banquet a Success

CAIR-logoMore than 200 people turned out on Saturday for the annual banquet of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of CAIR-Texas. The sold-out event featured addresses by CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, ACLU Texas Executive Director Terri Burke and Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association President Sahar Aziz.

CAIR Director Meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah in D.C.

CAIR-logoCAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad today joined other American Muslim and Arab-American leaders at a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion included the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East peace process.

NC needs a freedom of religion refresher course

Rev. Welton GaddyBy C. Welton Gaddy, News Observer, 4/12/13

It is becoming increasingly clear that some members of the N.C. General Assembly are in critical need of a refresher course on the meaning of religious freedom.

When asked by a constituent whether she would support a Muslim offering a prayer before the state legislature, Rep. Michele Presnell responded by saying, “No, I do not condone terrorism.” She went on to justify her position by saying we “need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”

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Ray Kelly Changed "Nothing" About How NYPD Spies On Muslims

NYPD Commissioner Ray KellyBy Christopher Robbins, Gothamist, 4/7/2013

Perhaps emboldened by The Man Upstairs, or the Cheneys and the Noonans that grace its Very Serious pages (or a recent dip in crime), NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an extremely candid interview to the Wall Street Journal. Kelly is asked how the department's surveillance methods have changed in the wake of a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative series and the revelation that the very same surveillance program has generated zero leads. His reply: "Nothing," which appears to be exactly what James Freeman, the assistant editor of the paper's editorial board, chooses for his followup question.

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NYPD spying on Muslims has real victims

stock-policeBy Diala Shamas, New York Daily News, 4/1/2013

American Muslims: They're Democrats and Republicans, young and old, bodega owners, doctors, cabbies, bankers, lawyers, students and entrepreneurs.

But the Police Department seems to think they could all be potential terrorists.

Accordingly, the NYPD has decided Muslim communities should be spied on.

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Muslim for a Day

BU-hijab-dayBy Susan Seligson, BU Today, 3/29/2013

Dian Qu's boyfriend refused to walk with her. Sonia Perez Arias' friend giggled when he saw her and total strangers greeted her on Commonwealth Avenue with the word "Salaam." Anya Gonzales gained what she calls "a new-found respect" for Islam. For Richa Kaul, an initial sense of fear gave way to understanding and confidence.

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Muslim Women Encouraged to Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Hajjar-AhmedBy Andrea Worker, Connection Newspapers, 3/28/2013

The Nubian Benevolence Association was the official sponsor for the Muslim Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) presentation at the Lorton Community Library on Saturday, March 23, but there was little doubt that Hajjar Ahmed, daughter of the organization's co-Founder Hossam Ahmed, was the driving force behind the event.

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