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CAIR Offers Reward for Info About DC Hate Attack on Muslim Woman

CAIR logoMuslim civil rights group offers $1,000 reward for leads resulting in conviction of perpetrator

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a hate attack on a Muslim woman in Washington, D.C., during which the attacker allegedly shouted religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad released a video appeal offering the reward in return for information that leads to a conviction.

“It is important that the community stand with anyone targeted by hate,” said Awad.

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CAIR Rep. Named 2016 Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it's Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry successfully graduated from the  Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program.

The fellows program, coordinated by the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law (C-DRUM) and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), consists of intensive, comprehensive, and broad-based mediation training for scholars, elected officials, and community and faith leaders 

The 27-member Class of 2016 includes state senators and delegates, members of the Maryland Judiciary, state secretaries, and other distinguished fellows.

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CAIR-OK Welcomes Hate Crime Probes of Attack on Gas Station Clerk Called ‘Terrorist’

CAIR OK(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 5/3/2016) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today welcomed state and federal hate crime investigations of the stabbing of a Savanna, Okla., gas station clerk who was reportedly called a “terrorist” by the alleged attacker.

Larry Johnson allegedly went into the gas station and accused the clerk of being a “terrorist,” then stabbed him twice, puncturing his lungs. Johnson was apprehended as he tried to drive away and was booked on a complaint of attempted first-degree murder.

SEE: Gas Station Stabbing Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

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CAIR-LA Files Suit on Behalf of Muslim Woman Stripped of Hijab by Long Beach Police Officers

cair ca logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/2/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced the filing of a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on behalf of a Muslim woman who allegedly had her religious head scarf (hijab) forcibly removed by a male officer of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

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Kirsty Powell and her husband, who are both African-American, were driving near Market St. and Long Beach Boulevard when they were pulled over by the LBPD. Powell was arrested on an outstanding warrant. During the arrest she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her head scarf. Powell made several requests for a female officer to search her.  The officers informed her that she was, "not allowed to wear her hijab” and that they were “allowed to touch a woman.”

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