(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today demanded an independent investigation and for police accountability after a Charlotte, N.C., police officer fatally shot an African-American man while serving a warrant for a different person. Police claim the man they shot had a gun, while family members say he did not own a weapon.
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was fatally shot by an African-American officer at an apartment complex on the city's northeast side. Scott’s daughter says that her father was unarmed and that he was sitting in the car reading a book waiting on his son to get off a bus from school. Protests erupted following the shooting.
(ATLANTA, GA, 9/21/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it has withdrawn its request for a federal investigation into Newton County's moratorium on houses of worship, which the Board of Commissioners allowed to expire today.
"We thank Newton County's elected officials, clergy and residents for uniting in support of religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "So long as the county treats all houses of worship fairly and equally going forward, there will be no need for any outside legal intervention."
CAIR-GA, the Georgia NAACP, the ACLU of Georgia, Project South and 30 other organizations had previously called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Newton County for religious discrimination after the moratorium delayed a planned mosque and cemetery.
(NEW YORK, NY, 9/20/16) – On Wednesday, September 21, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will join other Muslim organizations at a news conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the city of Yonkers, N.Y., alleging discriminatory use of landmark laws to hinder long-planned construction of a mosque.
WHAT: Yonkers Muslims to Sue City for Obstructing Construction of Mosque
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC, 233 Broadway, Suite 801, New York, NY 10279
The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today launched a statewide #CAIR2Vote Muslim voter engagement campaign - http://muslims.vote/mo/ - to promote civic engagement, voter registration, and voter education programs.
This campaign aims to help voters navigate the ballot this upcoming election with voter guides, articles, special reports, and other tools.
"This is an especially important time to be civically engaged. With Islamophobic incidents on the rise and hate speech being spewed from presidential candidates throughout the elections cycle, it is crucial for the Muslim voice to be heard," says Faizan Syed, Executive Director of CAIR-MO. "The #CAIR2Vote campaign offers our community and coalition partners the information and resources they need to make informed decisions and vote."