CAIR Urges Community to Join NC Events Honoring ‘Our Three Winners’

OurThreeWinnersDYR(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/9/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on members of the Muslim community and all others who seek a just and peaceful society to take part in events tomorrow in North Carolina marking the first anniversary of the deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, who were killed one year ago in what many believe was a bias-motivated shooting.

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also urged those who cannot take part in the North Carolina events to mark the anniversary through some form of community service in their local area.

The three young Muslims, who came to be known as “Our Three Winners” because of their exemplary lives and their positive contributions to the local community, will be honored with memorial events at UNC-Chapel Hill (The event will be available live online www.unc.edu.) and at North Carolina State University. There will also be a “Beacon of Light” award ceremony at the Light House in Raleigh, N.C., a community center designed to honor the slain students and to serve as an incubator for small businesses, provide after-school programs for students and to counter growing Islamophobia.

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CAIR COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR Reminds Muslim Voters of Registration Deadlines in Primary States

TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 Virginia primary election               

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a reminder to Muslim voters that each state has its own deadline for voter registration and that some of those dates are approaching for states with primary elections.

[NOTE to Muslim voters in Virginia – TODAY is the deadline for registration for the March 1 primary election. To register in Virginia, go to: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/ ]

“It is critical for American Muslims to register to vote and to go to the polls in each and every election. The Muslim community’s growing ability to tip elections is a reminder to elected and aspiring officials that Muslims will reject candidates who engage in the politics of fear and will support those who respect religious diversity,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.  

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CAIR: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

CAIR logoIn recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (Feb. 6), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, reaffirms its longstanding position that:  

"American Muslims join people of conscience of all faiths in condemning female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages, 'honor killings,' and any other form of domestic violence or gender inequality as violations of Islamic beliefs. If anyone mistreats women, they should not look to Islam to justify their abhorrent, un-Islamic actions."

CAIR Welcomes President Obama’s Remarks at First Visit to American Mosque

CAIR logoPresident rejects ‘inexcusable political rhetoric’ targeting Muslims during visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed remarks by President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in which he rejected “inexcusable political rhetoric” targeting Muslims.

At the mosque, he said: “You’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. Of course recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country. No surprise then that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.”

The president also said: “Here’s another fact: Islam has always been part of America. Starting in colonial times, many of the slaves brought here from Africa were Muslim. And even in their bondage, some kept their faith alive. A few even won their freedom and became known to many Americans. And when enshrining the freedom of religion in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, our Founders meant what they said when they said it applied to all religions.”

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