CAIR Releases ‘Spread Love, Not Islamophobia” Video

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a short video asking Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to “Spread Love, Not Islamophobia.”

In the video, a young Muslim woman says, “Don’t let the hate get you down, because there is much more love in the world.” It then quotes from a letter sent to CAIR by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who wrote: “Our nation was founded on a single, aspirational principle: ‘equal justice under law.’”

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CAIR-MN to Meet with Wisconsin Muslim Ariens Workers Fired Over Prayer

CAIR MN logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/16) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will meet with representatives of Muslim workers fired from Wisconsin-based manufacturer Ariens after that company changed its policy on prayer while at work.    

WHAT: CAIR-MN Meeting with Wisconsin Muslim Workers Fried from Ariens Plant Over Prayer Issue

WHEN: Monday, January 18, Time to Be Determined (Participants will be available for interviews after the meeting.)

WHERE: CAIR-MN Office, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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

More than 50 Muslim workers at the Ariens plant in Brillion, Wisc., lost their jobs after the company changed its policy to only allow prayers during scheduled breaks, not when the prayers must be made according to Islamic beliefs. Before the policy change, the Somali Muslim workers were able to leave the production line to pray two of the five daily prayers.

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CAIR Urges FBI to Join Hate Crime Probe of Attack on NY Muslim by Assailants Shouting ‘ISIS’

CAIR NY logo(NEW YORK, NY, 1/17/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI to join the hate crime investigation of an attack on a Muslim in that state by assailants reportedly shouting “ISIS” during the beating.

Police say the 43-year-old Muslim was attacked Friday in the Bronx borough of New York City by two men who yelled "ISIS, ISIS" after attacking the victim from behind while he was walking with his niece.

The victim, who is of Bangladeshi heritage and was wearing traditional Muslim attire, was reportedly punched several times in the head and kicked after he fell to the ground. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Friday’s attack is being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.

SEE: Man in Muslim Garb Beaten by Pair Who Shouted ‘ISIS! ISIS!’ in Bronx

Attackers Yell 'ISIS, ISIS' During Hate-Crime Beating: Police  

Attackers Yell ‘ISIS, ISIS,’ Then Punch Man in the Face: Police

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CAIR Calls on Wisconsin Firm Ariens to Allow Prayers Pending Resolution of Accommodation Issue

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a Wisconsin-based manufacturer to allow Muslim workers to pray while at work using a previous policy pending a resolution of a dispute over religious accommodation triggered by a change in that policy.                                                                                                                                               

More than 50 Muslim workers at the Ariens plant in Brillion, Wisc., lost their jobs after the company changed its policy to only allow prayers during scheduled breaks, not when the prayers must be made according to Islamic beliefs. Before the policy change, the Somali Muslim workers were able to leave the production line to pray two of the five daily prayers.

SEE: Muslims Unemployed After WI Company Adopts New Prayer Rules 

Muslim Workers Say New Ariens Prayer Policy Forcing Them Out of a Job

“These types of accommodation disputes can be resolved in a spirit of respect for constitutionally-protected religious rights and for the legitimate needs of both employees and employers,” said CAIRNational Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We ask Ariens to revert to its previous policy allowing religious accommodation until a resolution can be reached that allows the workers to practice their faith and permits an efficient manufacturing process.”

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