(WASHINGTON, D.C, 10/8/15) - Leaders of the nation’s leading Syrian-American and Muslim advocacy organizations today met with top-ranking White House officials to express concerns over Russia’s recent airstrikes in Syria that resulted in the killings of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure.
At the White House meeting, the leadership discussed the ramifications of the recent bombings and suggested policy recommendations for the protection of civilians and the resettlement of more refugees.
The meeting was followed by a news conference in front of the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., at which the leadership also hand-delivered a letter addressed to the Russian ambassador urging Russian President Putin to rethink his military strategy in Syria.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) - The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today hosted an Incident Community Coordination Team call with American Muslim community leaders to discuss anti-Islam hate rallies by possibly armed extremists planned to take place in front of mosques nationwide on October 9 and 10.
The call came in response to requests made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and other national and local Muslim organizations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined other Muslim organizations at a meeting with State Department officials to discuss the need to allow more Syrian refugees into the United States and to challenge aggressive Israeli actions targeting the Al Aqsa mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.
The meeting was coordinated by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
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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(BOSTON, MA, 10/6/15) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today welcomed a decision by a Boston-area high school to begin allowing students excused absences to observe weekly congregational prayer services, or “Jummah.”
That decision came after CAIR-MA contacted the school administration about complaints that students were not being allowed to attend required congregational prayers on Fridays. The new arrangement aligns the school with practices observed at thousands of public and private schools across the country.
“It’s encouraging to see greater accommodation being provided within the public education system for Muslim students,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “As a former public high school teacher, I recognize the need to balance religious accommodations with ensuring that students are able to learn effectively, and in this case I think we’ve done so in a way that’s works for all parties.”