(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent days.
“Every day, we receive more reports of hate incidents, threats and violence targeting American Muslims, Islamic institutions and even those perceived to be Muslim, yet we hear only a deafening silence from the Trump administration,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “President Trump must speak out against the growing Islamophobia in our nation for which he bears substantial blame.”
He added that the president’s silence on the growing number of anti-Muslim incidents comes after Trump appointed and nominated a number of notorious Islamophobes to his administration.
Administration officials recently hosted an anti-Muslim hate group leader at the White House.
Awad noted that the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election. It has grown more intense in recent weeks.
Just this week, CAIR has called for hate crime investigations or reported on harassment and threats targeting Muslim women and children in Minnesota, California, North Carolina, and New York.
Video: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman is Followed, Threatened
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it will appeal a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Va., on the Muslim civil rights organization’s request for injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.
CAIR sought an even broader injunction against the executive order than what other judges in Hawaii and Maryland have imposed. At a hearing on Monday, CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas argued that Section 3 of the order, which impacts how those applying for visas can seek waivers, remains in force despite the rulings in other states.
Today Judge Trenga issued a ruling turning down that request for a broader injunction. In that ruling, Judge Trenga did note that the intent of the president’s order can be examined: “[T]he Court rejects the [administration’s] position that since President Trump has offered a legitimate, rational, and non-discriminatory purpose stated in EO-2, this Court must confine its analysis of the constitutional validity of EO-2 to the four corners of the Order.”
“Fortunately, this decision does not alter the injunctions that are already preventing the implementation of the Trump administration's illegal ‘Muslim ban 2.0’ executive order,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. “We look forward to the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court weighing in on this matter, as those are the judicial bodies that will ultimately decide whether the Constitution protects the rights of Muslim Americans.”
“One positive result of today’s ruling is that the judge did find that American citizens who are Muslim are able to challenge the executive order, a holding that will help pave the way for critical litigation to endure,” said CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas.
CAIR filed for the injunction on behalf of an American citizen - among others - seeking to be reunited with a foreign-born spouse, as well as for students whose ability to visit their families abroad would be imperiled by the executive order.
CAIR is also representing more than 20 Muslims who are subject to the stigmatization resulting from the executive order.
(CHICAGO, IL, 3/24/17) -Today, Friday March 24rd, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold an 11:00am news conference to announce the amendment to a complaint filed against the North Chicago Police Department on behalf of Ramtin Sabet, a Muslim officer who faced years of harrowing abuse by fellow officers.
The amendment was officially filed yesterday (March 23, 2017) afternoon to include Sabet's wrongful termination after CAIR-Chicago filed an original charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 20th, 2016. On February 9, 2017 Sabet was wrongfully discharged.
Ramtin Sabet is a Muslim Iranian immigrant who started his career in law enforcement 15 years ago, and has been a police officer with the North Chicago Police Department since 2007. For several years Sabet was harassed and bullied by fellow officers at the North Chicago Police Department, and every formal complaint he filed to his commanding officer went unheard. Some of the comments that were made included constant mockery of food, culture, and religion, repeatedly calling Sabet a "terrorist."
"They told me that I hold a gun like Muslim, like a terrorist Muslim." says Ramtin Sabet. "I serve this country. I wear a blue uniform with an American flag [patch]...for over 15 years. I got their back. I pulled them out of the fire, when they fell down and broke their wrist I put him back in my squad car and took him to the hospital, when they were shot in the shoulder...I helped them. And this is how they treat me? I wonder how many Muslims in the country are going through this."
(NEW YORK, NY, 3/23/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a white supremacist’s allegedly racially-motivated murder of an African-American man near Times Square.
CAIR-NY also condemned another apparently bias-motivated attack earlier this month on a woman in Jamaica, Queens.
In the attack near Times Square, James Harris Jackson stabbed Timothy Caughman multiple times in the chest and back on Tuesday night. Jackson later turned himself in to the NYPD quickly telling them where to find the alleged murder weapon. Jackson reportedly traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of killing African-American men, hoping that by committing the crime in New York City, he could secure more media attention.
In the other incident, which took place March 6 in Jamaica, Queens, an unknown woman punched the victim in the neck after shouting anti-Muslim slurs. The NYPD released surveillance video of the incident to seek the public’s help in identifying the alleged attacker.
“We must not lose one more New Yorker to bigotry and violence,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “These bias-motivated attacks are an affront to every human being, and we must all work together to ensure the victims receive justice to fullest extent of the law. We continue to see a distressing increase in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community. Far too many hate crime victims continue to suffer in silence. We must make sure that ever attack is reported and that every attacker is apprehended.”