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DC: National Muslim Coalition to Hold Rally for Jerusalem Outside White House

screenshot outlook.office.com 2017 12 14 13 26 46 185(WASHINGTON, D.C, 12/14/17) – On Saturday, December 16, the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, will hold a noon rally in opposition to President Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Thousands of people are expected to attend, with buses organized from around the country.  

WHAT: USCMO Rally for Jerusalem

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, Noon

WHERE: The White House Ellipse, 15th and E Streets NW, Washington, DC 20500

MEDIA CONTACT: USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, 708-288-1914This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USCMO is a coalition of a number of leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.

The founding members of USCMO are American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).

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CAIR Releases Video Highlighting Rise in White Supremacy, Islamophobia Over Past Year

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/14/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has released its annual video, titled “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom.”

CAIR’s 12-minute video details its response to President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” executive orders and to the unprecedented rise in white supremacy and Islamophobia since Trump’s election.

The video highlights major CAIR initiatives such as the launch of an app through which victims of discrimination may file reports and learn about their constitutional rights and of an Islamophobia.org website to monitor the “Islamophobia industry,” CAIR’s efforts to defeat anti-Islam bills introduced in state legislatures and to challenge anti-Muslim rallies around the country, and CAIR-sponsored Muslim voter mobilization, lobbying and “get-out-the-vote” drives. It also shows the “outpouring” of support for American Muslims since the presidential election.

WATCH THE CAIR VIDEO

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Alabama, Other Advocacy Groups to Highlight Impact of Grassroots, Marginalized Communities in Senate Election

(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 12/14/2017) -- Today, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) will join StandAsOne, a coalition of area advocacy groups, to highlight the impact of grassroots, marginalized communities in Tuesday’s Special Senate Election. CAIR-Alabama noted a large Muslim voter turnout for the special Senate election after a grassroots organizing effort to engage and mobilize mosques in the areas with the highest population of Muslims.  

WHAT: StandAsOne Coalition response to Special Senate Election

WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Greater Birmingham Ministries, 2304 12th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL  35234-3111

CONTACT: Rev. Carolyn Foster, 205-326-6821, ext. 104 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muslims in Alabama are the largest religious minority, with a diverse racial and ethnic base including African-American, South-Asian, Arab, and North African. The largest Muslim populations are in Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, and Mobile counties. By CAIR-Alabama’s estimate, even a fraction of that demographic would be enough to constitute the less than 2% margin of votes cast for the winning candidate. On Tuesday, along with hundreds of thousands of others, Muslims came out all over Alabama following voter registration drives and subsequent Get Out The Vote efforts organized by CAIR-AL in coordination with local Islamic centers.

“This is a remarkable moment for the Muslim community in Alabama because we have found hope, empowerment, and fellowship amidst a year of derision and discrimination. The people spoke and rejected bigotry and racism in favor of inclusion and solidarity with the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama executive director. “Tuesday night was a heartening validation for the difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible work our communities have been doing to overcome fear and hatred. Today we are proud as Alabamians of every faith, color, and creed.”

She added, “We will be able to better understand the numbers in the coming days but according to our estimates of the Muslim voter turnout, over 98% was cast for Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate.”

“It is our hope that the Senator-Elect will work with his Muslim constituents to promote policies of inclusivity and justice for all. We invite him to visit a mosque to meet with the Muslim community and to gain better understanding of the people that make up Alabama.”

Earlier this year, after Roy Moore’s anti-Muslim and anti-Islam comments, including calling Islam a “false religion,” CAIR-Alabama invited him to visit a mosque and area Muslim leadership to better understand his constituency. The invitation went without a response. (http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/roy_moore_un-american_for_call.html ).

Alabamian Muslims in the previous two years have sent delegations to the Capitol in efforts to engage and to better educate our state’s representatives. Such engagement efforts have fostered greater mutual respect and understanding.

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: Executive Director, Khaula Hadeed at 334-224-2196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Arrest of Pro-Trump White Supremacist Who Reportedly Phoned Threats to Augusta Mosque

(ATLANTA, GA - 12/14/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of Preston Q. Howard, a Missouri man accused of making several profane and threatening calls to the Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) over the summer.

"We welcome the news that law enforcement arrested this anti-Muslim bigot before he could escalate his vile hate speech into a violent hate crime," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Sadly, death threats are nothing new to the American Muslim community. If any other Georgia mosques receive similar threats, they should alert law enforcement, as well as CAIR-Georgia."

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Between June 22, 2017 and August 8, 2017, 49-year-old Howard allegedly called the ISA eight different times in the early morning, leaving more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages. The caller repeatedly threatened to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general.

SEE: Audio Recordings of Threatening Voicemails Left by Anti-Muslim Caller

A Facebook page that allegedly belongs to a Missouri resident named Preston Q. Howard features posts that express support for President Trump, the Confederacy, the III% Security Force militia, and Nazi Germany. Another Facebook page listed under the same name, with the same profile picture, also features images of President Trump and Adolf Hitler.

Among many other threats made in his voicemails, Howard allegedly said:

“We are actually gonna come to your mosques and f*cking blow the heads off of the people that are in your mosques and f*cking kill you and shoot everybody in your mosques as a mass slaughter. So either way, you sand n*ggers are going to get out of my country…just so you know. And if you think I’m joking, it's going to happen. In fact, I know where you live at.”

"The white people of America are going to kill you out of this country. . ."

"Now that President Trump is president, I'm going to report your number to the White House and he's going to do something about this....It's not going to be overnight, but I'm telling you. We're going to get rid of you one way or another."

"The United States was founded on Christian religion. That's the reason why our American dollar says, In God We Trust. It doesn't say, In Allah We Trust."

CAIR-Georgia held self-defense seminars at three different Georgia mosques just before Ramadan, and encourages more houses of worship across the state to host the free seminars, which cover personal, home and mosque security tips.

SEE: CAIR-Georgia Offers Safety & Security Advice After Hate Crimes in Virginia and U.K.

Earlier this year, CAIR’s national office released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Georgia Communications Director Ruwa Romman, 678-697-9684, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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