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CAIR Welcomes Plans to Relocate Baltimore's Confederate Monuments as 'Step in Right Direction' After Charlottesville Violence

(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/14/17) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed news that the Baltimore Mayor's office has placed into motion plans to relocate Confederate monuments from public property in several locations around the city. 

SEE: Baltimore mayor: Confederate statue removal moving forward

The announcement was made Monday morning after violence erupted and a state of emergency was declared in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend in response to that city’s plan to remove a confederate statue from a local park. White national, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups descended upon the central Virginia city to protest the statue removal, clashing with anti-racist groups who arrived to counter-protest. 

SEE: A Guide to the Violence in Charlottesville

At least one person was killed and some two dozen injured when 20-year-old James Fields Jr. rammed a gray Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters, police said.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally, Decries Trump's 'Failure of Moral Leadership'

"Removing or relocating from public property all monuments that symbolize white supremacy, hatred, and racism is a crucial and appropriate response to the violence of this weekend," said CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "Monuments in public spaces represent what our cities seek to represent as their core beliefs. They shape identity and influence societal values. The enduring values of our cities cannot be rooted in white supremacy. We applaud this move by the Mayor's office that will make it clear that hate has no place in Baltimore." 

Mayor Pugh said in her statement that it is her intention to "remove all four of Baltimore’s confederate monuments including the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell."

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

CAIR to Offer ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop at Virginia Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/2017) – On Wednesday, August 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ workshop at one of the largest mosques in Virginia.

CAIR’s free workshop, to be conducted by CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., will cover issues such as an individual’s rights when interacting with law enforcement or the FBI, religious rights in the workplace, the rights of Muslim students, and the rights of Muslim travelers – with a special focus on the issue of “watchlisting.”

WHAT: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ Workshop at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 16, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, 3159 Row St, Falls Church, VA 22044

CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app    

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-SFBA to Join in Santa Clara County’s Recognition of ‘Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month’

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/11/17) – Later today, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will join in a Santa Clara County ceremony to issue a proclamation recognizing August as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month,” as designated by the California State Assembly.

Last year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced House Resolution 59 to proclaim the month of August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month” and was joined by 61 co-authors. He will be reintroducing the resolution with HR 43 on August 21 with Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu as co-sponsors.

WHAT: Presentation of Proclamation to Recognize August 2017 as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month"

WHEN: August 14, 4 p.m.

WHERE: County Government Center, 70 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Government Relations Coordinator Sameena Usman, 707-412-0786, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"I am proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California," said Assemblymember Quirk.

“Meet a Muslim” founder Moina Shaiq worked with Assemblyman Quirk and CAIR-CA to have the California resolution introduced. 

“People only see the negative things in the media and news and hardly ever hear anything positive of Muslims in the community,” Shaiq said. “We wanted to highlight some of the good so people can see that Muslims are contributing and are human, and to boost the morale of the Muslim community.”

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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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CAIR-Cleveland to Join Interfaith Vigil, Rally Against Hate Tonight at City Hall

(CLEVELAND, OH, 8/14/2017) – This evening, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will take part in “Not in Our Town,” an interfaith vigil and rally against hate on the steps of Cleveland City Hall organized by local faith and civic leaders.

WHAT: “Not in Our Town” Interfaith Peace Vigil and Rally Against Hate

WHEN: Monday, August 14, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Steps of Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247 or 216.440.2247, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Cleveland also condemned the recent terror attack on anti-racist protesters at a gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other racists in Charlottesville, Va.

“We condemn this act of domestic terrorism targeting anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urge all Americans to denounce the ideology of hate that is promoted by white supremacists and racists who gathered under the ‘Unite the Right’ banner,’” said Julia Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247 or 216.440.2247, 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.

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