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CAIR Says DOJ/DHS Report on Terror Smears Immigrants, Ignores White Supremacist Violence

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said a new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between 2001 and 2016 serves to smear all immigrants and ignores the troubling phenomenon of violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants.

CAIR said the report was required by one of President Trump’s executive orders.

SEE: DHS Reports 73% of Convicted International Terrorists are Foreign-Born

In a statement, CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said:

“This agenda-driven report is clearly designed to support the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic policies. It ignores violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants, and instead seeks to tar all immigrants with the brush of terrorism. As President Trump’s long history of racist and anti-immigrant statements and policy proposals have demonstrated, administration policies must be viewed through the lens of the Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy that are the main motivating factors for such policies.”

A report from the Cato Institute indicated that more than three times as many people were killed in terror attacks by native-born Americans than foreign-born attackers between the 9/11 attacks and the end of 2015.

That report stated: “From September 12, 2001, until December 31, 2015, 24 people were murdered on U.S. soil by a total of 5 foreign-born terrorists, while 65 other foreign-born terrorists attempted or committed attacks that did not result in fatalities. During the same period, 80 people were murdered in terrorist attacks committed by native-born Americans and those with unknown nationalities.”

Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.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.

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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 Condemns Distribution of Hate Literature to Maryland Homes

screenshot outlook.office.com 2018 01 14 14 03 30 743(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/14/18) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the reported distribution of Islamophobic and homophobic hate literature to homes in Maryland.

CAIR said the cartoon-like tracts by the hate group Chick Publications, titled “Camel’s in the Tent,” include bizarre claims that Muslims seek the “conquest” of America by taking over the country “little by little, one city at a time.” Chick has a long history of bigoted attacks on Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, and other groups.

Last year, CAIR condemned distribution of the same hate literature in Maine.

SEE: Anti-Islam Leaflets Left on Cars in Presque Isle

"While bigots have the same right to free speech as any other Americans, those who reject hatred and prejudice of all kinds have a duty to speak out in support of the American tradition of racial and religious inclusion," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report     

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

 

CAIR-WA to Present on Islamophobia to Youth at MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

(SEATTLE, WA, 1/14/18) – On Sunday, January 14, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Washington) will present on Islamophobia at the MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop in Downtown Seattle.

The goal of the workshop is to empower youth between the ages of 11-18 to speak out publicly against Islamophobia and Antisemitism, while also building relationships between diverse communities.

WHAT: MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

WHEN:  Sunday, January 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Seattle University Student Center, 1100 E James Way, Seattle WA 98122

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Media & Outreach Director Sarah Stuteville, 206-403-3931, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Young Americans are feeling the impact of hate impacting their own family and friends," said Jasmin Samy, CAIR-WA Civil Rights Director, who will be speaking on Islamophobia at the workshop and will be available for media interviews, “Giving them the tools to challenge Islamophobia will help them make a difference in their communities and on our nation at large." Free tickets are available at mlkvoice2018.eventbrite.com.

More information can be found on the event Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/953350911487179/

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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MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Stuteville, Media & Outreach Director for CAIR-WA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 206-403-3931

 

CAIR-DFW Calls for Probe of McKinney ISD Middle School Teachers’ Impact on Students after Islamophobic, Hateful Tweets

(DALLAS, TX, 1/11/2018) – The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on the McKinney Independent School District to launch an independent investigation of whether two middle school teachers’ private anti-Muslim and hateful views are negatively impacting their students.

Parents of students from McKinney Independent School District contacted CAIR-DFW a regarding Islamophobic, transphobic, and hateful tweets made by two Cockrill Middle School teachers, Justin Barton and Mark Russell. On Twitter, these teachers referred to Islam as a “satanic death cult,” an “evil ideology,” and “a political ideology…[that] cannot assimilate. It must dominate.” Highly offensive anti-Muslim propaganda is retweeted numerous times. The teachers also attack the LGBTQ community and equate being transgender with having a mental illness, perversity, and delusion.

In a letter to McKinney ISD’s superintendent, CAIR-DFW called for an investigation into the teachers’ impact on students, disciplinary action, protection from retaliation for McKinney ISD students, and diversity training for staff.

“While we recognize the right to freedom of speech, CAIR-DFW is appalled by these teachers’ hateful tweets,” said CAIR-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale. “Given the views expressed by these teachers, we are deeply concerned about students’ safety in the school and fear that it is not an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. Hate has no place in the classroom.”

McKinney ISD has recently come under fire for allegations that the school district is openly endorsing Christianity. A group of concerned parents have been pressing the school for months to mandate that teachers remove religious displays from the classroom. Both Barton and Russell spoke in support of the school at the December 2017 McKinney ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

McKinney ISD also recently faced criticism for its superintendent-led Christian prayer at its back-to-school convocation, which was held at Prestonwood Baptist Church.

SEE: Prayer at McKinney ISD’s mandatory staff assembly draws formal complaints

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

A recent report by CAIR’s California office revealed that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

CAIR-CA Report: More Than Half of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination

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 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-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale, 469-980-0310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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