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CAIR Launches New Civil Rights App Allowing Reporting of Bias Incidents

screenshot 2017 06 23 10 13 37(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/23/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched a new civil rights app, called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone,” which gives users the ability to immediately report bias incidents they experience -- an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.

The free CAIR app offers advice about an individual’s constitutional rights when contacted by law enforcement or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and when facing discrimination in the workplace or at school. It also offers contact information for CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for chapters nationwide.

Other features include a donation function, a feed of news articles and alerts of relevance to the American Muslim community and polls on social and political issues of the day.

VIDEO: Watch a Short Video Highlighting the App’s Features

For a quick download of the app, click here:  

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Washington State Muslims Expected to Deliver 'Eid' Gifts to 20,000 Neighbors of Other Faiths

Photo of Eid cards displayed at mosques

(SEATTLE, WA, 6/23/2017) – On June 24, 25 and 26, more than 5,000 American Muslims across Washington state, many along with their families, are expected to visit a total of more than 20,000 of their neighbors of other faiths and backgrounds to deliver greetings and gifts as part of a statewide initiative marking the Eid ul-Fitr holiday at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan by that state’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA).  A total of 30,000 Eid cards have been set to be displayed at more than 50 of the approximately 60 mosques across Washington State, each with multiple packets of Eid cards for mosque-goers to pick up and give to their neighbors. (See attached photo of one such display at a local mosque).

SEE: Project web site

ALSO SEE:  Facebook ‘event’ page

ALSO SEE: Facebook event pages from past years with photos of Eid Gift Packs by community members in past years:

Washington State Muslim families, youth and children in the following areas will participate in the project: Puget Sound area (Blaine/Bellingham to Olympia), Spokane-area, Vancouver & Clark County area, Tri-City area, Yakima Valley, Pullman and other major towns statewide. 

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CAIR-NY Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Mosques After ‘Massacre’ Threat Targeting Masjid Manhattan

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(NEW York, NY, 6/22/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for increased police protection for New York mosques following an alleged threat against a Manhattan house of worship. 

According to police, a letter received today by Masjid Manhattan threatened a massacre “on a scale never seen before.”  The NYPD is currently investigating the threat, which appears to have been sent from London.

SEE: City Mosque Receives Letter Threatening a Massive Massacre

Manhattan Mosque Receives Massacre Threat from London 

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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for Arson Attack on Texas Mosque

screenshot 2017 06 22 13 48 07(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 6/22/17) -- The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today welcomed a hate crime charge brought against a man suspected of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, in January.

Federal officials today charged Marq Perez with a hate crime for damaging religious property, one count of using fire to commit a federal felony and another count for possession of an unregistered destructive device. He could face up to 40 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.

SEE: Officials Charge Victoria Mosque Suspect with Hate Crime

Update: Marq Vincent Perez Indicted in Mosque Case

At the time of his arrest earlier this year, Perez was described as a “right-wing extremist.” A prosecutor noted that Perez, who claimed that members of the mosque are “terrorists,” may have targeted multiple mosques based on his social media comment: "Can you pinpoint any mosques that a team can get clear to?"

SEE: Anti-Muslim "Right-Wing Extremist" Arrested for Arson Attack on Texas Mosque

“We welcome the hate crime charge brought against the alleged arsonist and hope it sends a strong message to anyone contemplating attacking a house of worship,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “We thank state and federal law enforcement authorities for their diligence in investigating and prosecuting this case.”

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