Thank Library System for Promoting Positive Image of Islam in Oklahoma
Ask that Muslim woman’s image remain on Pioneer Library System Vehicle
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 8/30/2016) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) is requesting Oklahomans of all faiths and backgrounds to send a note of appreciation to the Pioneer Library System for featuring the image of a Muslim woman on the side of Pioneer Library System vehicles.
According to a report from NewsOK.com, Executive Director of Pioneer Library Systems Ann Masters, said: "There are a total of 20 different images that demonstrate young people and older people, people of different cultures and races. Each image is unique and different. What they have in common is that they all have either a book or an iPad or something seen to be the use of a service of the library. Each vehicle has the words 'Good Things Coming My Way.'"
"What we were trying to express through those words and those images was that regardless of age or gender or race or nationality or disability or other cultural connections, the library welcomes people with each of these ties to the community. We didn't intend to promote any religious belief and we don't think we did. We don't view the image as an endorsement or disapproval of any religious belief."
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined the Sikh Coalition and MPower Change to release an open letter in partnership with more than 50 interfaith and advocacy organization calling on the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to lift its ban on religious headgear that bars Muslim, Sikh and Jewish athletes from competing on a professional level.
Addressed to FIBA President Horatio Muratore, the letter spotlights two American athletes who have been directly impacted by FIBA’s discriminatory policy: Bilqis Abdul-Qadir, who made history in 2010 to become the first Muslim-American NCAA basketball player to compete wearing the Islamic headscarf, and Darsh Preet Singh, who in 2004 to become the first Sikh-American NCAA basketball player to compete wearing the Sikh turban.
The coalition’s letter reads in part:
"We understand FIBA is expected to announce a permanent decision in the near future on whether the ban on religious accommodations will be enforced. We believe this rule, as it stands, violates basic religious rights of athletes like Singh and Abdul-Qaadir, and countless others, and defies international human rights norms.
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/29/2016) - This Tuesday, August 30, at 9:00am, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese will proclaim August as Muslim Appreciation Month.
This recognition follows the presentation of House Resolution 59 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which recognizes the month of August 2016 as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" in the state of California.
"I am proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California," Assemblymember Quirk stated.
Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Ash Kalra, and the entire San Jose City Council followed suit with a local proclamation on August 16, and Santa Clara County is ending the month of August with a similar resolution.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/29/2016) – On Wednesday, August 31, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will offer a “Know Your Rights as a Hajj Traveler” community training webinar for those taking part in the pilgrimage to Mecca. The free webinar will be held at 1 p.m. EDT. Hajj travelers and others are encouraged to attend.
The training will provide information on airport security agencies, screening, body scanners, your rights at customs and U.S. entry points, the terrorist screening database, no-fly and selectee lists, the complaints process, and more. Common scenarios will be discussed.
Trainers include CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure and CAIR National Staff Attorney Maha Sayed. NOTE: This webinar is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
WHAT: ‘Know Your Rights as a Hajj Traveler’ Webinar
WHEN: 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, August 31