(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 1/11/17) - On Saturday, January 21, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights organization, will join thousands of others for the Women’s March on Washington, both in the nation’s capital and at parallel events across the country.
CAIR-New Jersey Chairwoman Nadia Kahf will be among the speakers at the rally in Trenton, N.J.
CAIR New Jersey is a sponsor of the Women’s March on New Jersey which will take place at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey at 10 a.m. Marchers will rally in solidarity with marchers in Washington, D.C., at the Women’s March on Washington and at the over 170 sister marches being held across the United States and the world.
SEE: Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 21st
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 1/20/17) - The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today welcomed a policy change by Lucas County Correctional Facility permitting religious head coverings (hijab) to be worn by Muslim women during booking procedures and during incarceration.
In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
“Lucas County Corrections Facility administrators and county law enforcement officials are to be commended for putting forth a policy that protects religious rights while ensuring public safety. This change in policy reflects the fact that pluralism and respect for individual rights form the bedrock of our Constitution, and that in protecting religious freedom and preserving human dignity we need not sacrifice safety and security.
(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 1/20/17) - The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today welcomed a decision by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) not to revoke the commercial driver's licenses (CDL) of more than 500 Ohio immigrants.
The issue began in mid-December when the BMV sent the letters to those immigrants stating that CDL licenses would be revoked within 30 days if the holder could not provide proof of a green card or American citizenship - causing widespread panic among immigrant commercial truck drivers who currently have pending green card applications.
Ohio law previously only required proof of "legal presence," which would include proof of a work authorization or proof of filing of various types of immigration applications. It is unclear why the BMV suddenly decided to change the regulation and begin revoking licenses.
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 1/19/2017) - The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today condemned bomb threats against over two dozen Jewish community centers and schools nationwide, including the Bay Area. The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City also received threats via telephone causing the centers and associated schools to be evacuated. Police officers, bomb squad technicians, and K-9 units searched and cleared the buildings.
"American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in the Bay Area and throughout the country," said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. "We all have the right to worship freely without fear of intimidation and we will defend that right for our Jewish neighbors."