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CAIR-Cincinnati Condemns Racist Statement from Franklin Twp. Firefighter, Urges Township to Restore Confidence

(CINCINNATI, OH, 9/19/17) – The Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racist and dehumanizing comments on Facebook made recently by a Franklin Township, Warren County, Ohio firefighter.

Franklin Township Firefighter Tyler Roysdon recently posted a racist comment on his Facebook page that devalued the lives of African-Americans and used a racially-derogatory term. He has since resigned from his job.

SEE: Franklin Township firefighter who would save dog before black person resigns

“Hate-filled and bigoted remarks coming from a public servant whose job it is to serve all members of the community and to save lives violates the public trust and is totally unacceptable,” said Karen Dabdoub, CAIR-Cincinnati executive director.

She added: “This bigotry not only erodes confidence in the entire fire department, it also further breaks down community relations and civil society. We urge the Franklin Township trustees to take this incident very seriously and to do what’s necessary to restore the community’s confidence in the Franklin Township Fire Department and in the township government.”

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.

CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, Executive Director, 513-281-8200, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Sana Hassan, Staff Attorney, 513-281-8200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Calls on Maryland Senators to Support Bipartisan Measure Condemning Attacks on Rohingya Muslims

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/19/17) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Maryland Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to support Senate Resolution 250, which is a bipartisan measure introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) that condemns attacks on Rohingyas and calls for the restoration of their citizenship.

CAIR called on Sen. Van Hollen to support Senate Amendment 607, which Sen. Cardin introduced along with Sens. Markey and Gardner. This amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would block funding to the Burmese military, which has sought the annihilation of the Rohingya and forced the displacement of almost 400,000 Rohingya people.

The Muslim civil rights organization also expressed gratitude to the some 200 people of diverse backgrounds who attended Sunday's Maryland Unity Rally for Rohingya Muslims held at the Diyanet Center of America.

CAIR: Maryland Communities to Hold Rally in Support of Rohingya Muslims

The goal of the rally was to raise awareness and provide specific calls to action to end the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Speakers included Dr. Wakar Uddin, a well-known Rohingya activist who appealed for urgent intervention at the U.N. General Assembly this past weekend, as well as a young Rohingya refugee whose family resides in the impacted region.

CAIR also thanked the rally's organizational sponsors including: Diyanet Center of America, Islamic Society of the Washington Area, Islamic Community Center of Laurel, Muslim Matters, Muslim Family Center, Dar at Taqwa, Masjid Al Falaah, An Nur Foundation, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Baltimore County Muslim Council, Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Prince George's County Muslim Council, Burma Task Force USA, Muslim Community Center, Anne Arundel County Muslim Council, Howard County Muslim Council, and others

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

 

CAIR Condemns Rep. Perry’s Smear Targeting U.S. Muslim Peace Builder

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/18/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-Penn.) smear targeting American Muslim peace builder Manal Omar.

Perry, who has praised white supremacist-linked, anti-Islam activist Brigitte Gabriel, used an early September budget hearing to attack Omar for saying she believed then-candidate Trump was “inciting violence” and that he “has blood on his hands.” Perry used Omar’s one-time remark from 2016 to call for an end to all funding to the government-backed U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP), which was then Omar’s employer. Omar exited USIP two days after Perry’s attack.

SEE: A Foreign Policy Expert Says Calling Out Trump’s “Hate Speech” Hurt Her Career In Washington

“Then-candidate Trump was inciting violence on the campaign trail. He was expressing anti-Islam animus. Omar’s one-time expression of concern about Trump’s hate rhetoric is exactly what any peace builder should say,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Perry’s ties to the U.S. Islamophobia network indicate that his attack may have had more to do with targeting a visible American Muslim than any concern about Omar’s valid statement.”

In December 2016, Rep. Perry posted a photograph of himself to his Facebook page with the head of the white supremacist-linked anti-Islam hate group ACT for America. In his Facebook post, Perry said that he had a “terrific” discussion with Gabriel and she “deserves” to be heard.

ACT for America leader Brigitte Gabriel says “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” and that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” At a nationwide series of rallies in June, ACT hosted white supremacist groups like Vangaurd America and Identity Evropa.

SEE: Perry Facebook post of photo with Act for America’s Brigitte Gabriel

The Hate that ACT for America Wrought

In July, Perry was a featured guest on the radio program of Frank Gaffney, whose Center for Security Policy is an icon of anti-Islam hate.

SEE: Islamophobe Profile of Center for Security Policy

In its civil rights report documenting a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2016 over 2015, CAIR documented then-candidate Trump’s anti-Islam animus.

CAIR also noted: “A publication produced by a United States Holocaust Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide Fellow notes that dangerous speech includes, ‘both speech that qualifies as incitement and speech that makes incitement possible by conditioning its audience to accept, condone, and commit violence against people who belong to a targeted group.’”

SEE: CAIR 2014-2016 Civil Rights Report

Trump’s History of Encouraging Violence

When White House spokeswoman Sara Huckabee Sanders asserted that President Trump has never encouraged violence, Politifact rated the assertion as “false.”

SEE: Has Donald Trump Never 'Promoted or Encouraged Violence,' as Sarah Huckabee Sanders Said?

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

Exclusive: New Report Offers Proof of US Hate Crime Rise in the Trump Era

CAIR asks 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 

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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 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 National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-384-8857; 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 Again Condemns Racist Graffiti in University of Maryland Building, Offers Campus Diversity Workshop

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/18/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Nazi swastikas and yet more racist graffiti discovered in the Plant Sciences Building of the University of Maryland's College Park campus. 

SEE: Swastika found in University of Maryland’s plant sciences building

This is the latest in a string of incidents spanning at least one year involving racist imagery and slurs on the campus. In May of this year, a black Bowie State University student Richard Collins was murdered by a University of Maryland student with ties to white supremacist groups. He has since been indicted on murder charges in Collins' death.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

"Despite measures by campus administration to promote tolerance, this latest display of racist symbols and messages is yet another indicator of a campus environment that is increasingly hostile toward many minority students," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "CAIR is in touch with University of Maryland's recently-appointed Campus Diversity Taskforce, and we look forward to working together to create a more inclusive and safe learning environment for all students." 

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump 

CAIR asks 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

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. 

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click herehttp://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. - END –

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

 

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