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CAIR to Hold Instagram Contest for Apple Watch During May 23-25 ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore

05 20 2015 apple watchWatch will go to person who visits CAIR’s booth and most creatively illustrates ‘Here is what I am doing to challenge Islamophobia’ on white board

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/20/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announced that it will launch its new Instagram account - @CAIR_National – with a contest for an Apple Watch at this weekend’s ICNA-MAS convention in Baltimore, Md.

[NOTE: CAIR’s Instagram account will go live on Saturday, May 23.]

SEE: 40th ICNA-MAS Annual Convention

CAIR says the watch will be awarded to the individual who visits its booth in the convention bazaar (Booth Number 608/610) and most creatively responds on a white board to the prompt, “Here is what I am doing to challenge Islamophobia.”

“Islamophobia is a growing phenomenon in our society that needs to be challenged through proactive efforts,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Everyone needs to do their part.”

For those unable to attend the convention, CAIR is offering a prize of an Apple iPad mini for the most creative tagged photo posted from anywhere in America.

Photos of the white board must be tagged @CAIR_National and #CAIRChallenge, posted on Instagram and include an identifiable portion of CAIR’s booth at the ICNA-MAS convention.
  
No payment or purchase is required to enter the contest. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of CAIR staffers and announced via Instagram on June 11, 2015.

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.

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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 Says Tenn. Man Who Planned Religiously-Motivated Attack on NY Muslims Should Face Terror Charges

Robert Doggart 05 16 2015(WASHINGTON, D.C., TX, 5/16/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Obama administration to treat a planned religiously-motivated attack on a Muslim community in New York as an act of terrorism and to charge the alleged organizer of the attack as a terrorist.

According to court documents, a Tennessee man who garnered more than 9,000 votes in a failed run for Congress last year admitted in federal court to planning an attack on a Muslim community in New York along with members of a right-wing militia. Robert Doggart, 63, was recorded on a wiretapped phone call planning to burn down a mosque and Muslim school, while shooting anyone who tried to stop the attackers.

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God,” Doggart wrote in a Facebook post. “We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”

Doggart was arrested April 10 and charged with soliciting others to violate civil rights, attempts to damage religious property because of the religious character of the property and making threats through interstate communication. He pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threats and was released on bond to home confinement. He may not face any jail time.

Robert Doggart: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy.com)

“If a Muslim had planned to carry out such a religiously-motivated deadly attack, he would certainly have been labeled a terrorist and charged accordingly,” said National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We ask the Obama administration to rescind the plea agreement, which – as it stands - could see this individual free in the community.”

Hooper thanked federal law enforcement authorities for thwarting the planned attack.

CAIR recently called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the school’s bus and to spill “Muslim blood.” CAIR also called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes.

On Friday, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate “No Muslims” graffiti sprayed-painted on the seal of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) as a hate crime.

Video: CAIR-DFW CAlls for Hate Crime Probe of 'No Muslims' Texas Tech Vandalism

The Texas and Maryland incidents are part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.

CAIR is asking Muslim community members report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A copy of CAIR "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions, may be requested through its website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

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.

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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 Says Native American Student Should Be Allowed to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation

Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation 05 15 2015 Courtesy Photo/CBS(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 5/15/2015) – The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on the Caney Valley School District to allow a Native American senior to wear an eagle feather in her graduation cap during the graduation ceremony.

SEE: Feather at Graduation or Lawsuit? That’s Up to Caney Valley School District

Senior Hayden Layne Griffith is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and an eagle feather is presented and worn to mark special occasions such as weddings, graduations and powwows. Griffith’s mother posted a photo of her wearing the feather in her graduation cap, but school officials told the family that she would not able to wear the feather at graduation.

“We join other organizations and members of minority religions to request that the school district honor this student’s rights to freely exercise her religion and express her beliefs. The denial of these fundamental rights is a concern for Americans of all faiths and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage the school to grant Ms. Griffith’s request,” said CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure.

The ACLU of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indian legal Services, the Native American Rights Fund, and law firm Conner and Winters have issued a letter to the superintendent of the Caney Valley Schools Board of Education requesting that the Board make a decision on Friday, May 15.

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.
  
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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-MN: Community-Led Task Force, Supported by 50 Muslim Organizations, Holds First Meeting.

50 Muslim Organizations Abu Bakr Islamic Center(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/14/15) - Community led task force announces a successful first meeting. The task force met last night at the Abubakar Islamic Center. Leaders from different faith based organizations as well as other community activists and family members of the recently arrested youth were in attendance.

"Those who attended were hopeful to hear the efforts and opportunities this task force presents to the community," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It was great seeing leaders share with the task force ways they are working to address this issue"

Task force members discussed different strategies currently being utilized by each organization. Community leaders reiterated their support for the work of the task force and urged others to join the effort. Family members of the arrested youth shared their concerns and fears with the task force. The task force plans to hold ongoing bi-monthly meetings.

The community led task force was initiated in early January of 2015, by community leaders to address the issue of radicalization. This task force creates an opportunity for community leaders to share best practices for addressing this issue. The task force works to engage the community on the issue of radicalization, create community-based sustainable solutions and support law enforcement agencies in Minnesota.

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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