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CAIR Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

CAIR Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

CAIR yesterday joined a coalition of more than 50 civil society organizations in letter addressed to Senate leadership in opposition to Senators Burr and Feinstein’s respectively drafted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Improvements Act of 2015 and the FISA Reform Act of 2015, proposals that fail to properly address overbroad surveillance activities, and would weaken privacy, civil liberties, and the digital economy.

Both bills contain flaws and omissions that are incompatible with the goal of stopping domestic bulk collection under section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which is set to expire at 12:00 am on June 1. These bills also authorize the government to impose a data retention mandate on private businesses, a privacy-threatening measure that is unnecessary and unacceptable.

The letter concludes by asking the Senate to let Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expire without any further interference. To read the letter, click here.

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.

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