(ATLANTA, GA, 7/18/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on mosques in that state and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a right-wing extremist who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.
In the weeks since June 22, an unidentified male using a Missouri phone number has called a Georgia mosque eight times and left more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages. The caller repeatedly threatens to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general.
Among many other remarks, the man says:
(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/18/17) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that its recent “Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium on Capitol Hill” was a success.
Held in the Rayburn House Office Building's newly-renovated Gold Room, the day-long event was organized in partnership with congressional leadership, and was themed "Introduction to Congress in a New Era of Politics." It featured VIP tours of the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol, along with an exclusive House gallery viewing of live debates on proposed amendments and legislation.
Students listened to Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), and some had a chance encounter with Speaker Paul Ryan. Speakers throughout the program included the first Muslim state delegate of Baltimore City, and congressional staffers offering advice to youth interested in a career in politics. CAIR also offered a presentation on the basics of civic engagement.
CAIR thanked its cosponsors Helping Hand for Relief & Development, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Society of Annapolis, IMAAM Center, Dar al Taqwa, and Muslim Community Center, who helped make the event possible.
The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement amongst American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society, and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America. CAIR has been organizing Muslim youth leadership programs in states across the country for more than a decade. Participants of these programs have gone on to become respected community leaders, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders. Past symposiums have all been at capacity.
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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(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/17/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017.
CAIR’s quarterly report indicates that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which was the worst year for such anti-Muslim incidents since the civil rights organization began its current documenting system in 2013.
The number of bias incidents in 2017 also increased by 24 percent compared to the first half of 2016.
[NOTE: Bias incidents are defined as cases in which there was an identifiable element of religious discrimination. Hate crimes are criminal offenses against persons or property, or incidents that can be charged as such under relevant state or federal statute.]
“The presidential election campaign and the Trump administration have tapped into a seam of bigotry and hate that has resulted in the targeting of American Muslims and other minority groups,” said Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “If acts of bias impacting the American Muslim community continue as they have been, 2017 could be one of the worst years ever for such incidents.”
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/14/17) -- The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) tonight called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim family of Middle Eastern heritage in that state as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-Alabama reports that the Muslim family in Helena, Ala., today discovered broken windows, flat tires, and obscene and racist slurs – including the “N-word” - spray-painted on a van, and motor oil poured over three vehicles.
“Because of the racist slur used in this vandalism, the recent spike in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups and because of the religious and ethnic background of the victims, it would only be prudent to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.