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CAIR Joins Nationwide Effort to Highlight Immigrant Impact on History and Future of America

Immigrant Heritage Month(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/15) – Today the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, announced its support of the second-annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to partner community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists, and thought leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.

“While nearly eight in ten American Muslims are immigrants, the history of United States Muslim immigration goes back more than 400 years. As the most racially-diverse religious group in the U.S., we celebrate the diversity of the American Muslim immigrant experience and encourage community members to participate in Immigrant Heritage Month and share their story of how they came to be U.S. citizens,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.

"America is a nation of immigrants. This is - and always has been - a source of incredible strength that unifies us all,” said Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us. “The strength, sacrifice, and contributions of the Muslim immigrant community helped build this great nation. To honor that, our goal with Immigrant Heritage Month this June is to highlight the intersections our immigrant experience and illuminate how each individual journey has been instrumental to the formation, foundation, and ongoing strength of the United States of America.”

Supporters are encouraged to connect with Immigrant Heritage Month through social media or events in their city and share their own unique immigration story.

Visit ‘welcome.us’ for more information on how to share your story and learn more about our nationwide effort.

About Welcome.us

Welcome.us, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world. Immigrant Heritage Month honors the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history.

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.

CAIR-MN to Hold Free Legal Clinic

CAIR logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/26/15) – On Saturday, May 30, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic. The clinic will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, family law, immigration, and employment.

WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic

WHEN: Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE: Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale Street, St. Paul, MN

"It's important to give individuals greater access to attorneys so they can better understand and navigate through their legal issues," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow. "We thank our F.R. Bigelow Foundation and Minnesota State Bar Foundation partners for helping us better serve the community."
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-DFW Seeks Hate Crime Probe of ‘No Muslims’ Texas Tech Vandalism

no muslims grafitti 05 15 2015(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 5/15/15) – The North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate “No Muslims” graffiti sprayed-painted on the seal of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) as a hate crime.

CAIR-DFW also called for stepped-up protection for Muslim students and staff at Texas Tech.

SEE: 'No Muslims' Spray-Painted on TTUHSC Seal

Following the recent hate vandalism, TTUHSC released a statement, which read in part:

“Our diverse university family is made up of students, researchers, educators and health care providers who make a positive impact throughout our world. . .We will not tolerate such acts, and we are working closely with law enforcement. After authorities investigated the scene, our crew swiftly removed the vandalism."

“We urge law enforcement authorities to treat this type of hate crime with the seriousness it deserves and to act swiftly to ensure the safety of all those on campus who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem. “We thank university officials for their prompt action and for their statement of support for diversity and rejection of intolerance.”

She added that CAIR recently called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the school’s bus and to spill “Muslim blood.” CAIR also called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes.

Salem said the Texas and Maryland incidents are part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.

She said CAIR is asking Muslim community members report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s national Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or locally at 469-554-0786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 469-554-0786, 817-538-8269, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or 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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