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CAIR Asks Louisiana Judge to Ensure that Courtroom Hijab Ban Not Be Repeated

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a Louisiana judge to ensure that the recent removal of a Muslim woman from court because she wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, not be repeated.

CAIR said the Muslim woman, who does not want to be identified, says she removed from Jefferson Parish Traffic Court on Tuesday after a bailiff asked her to remove her hijab and she refused. The woman stated: “I started to cry because I felt so embarrassed and humiliated."

Judge Raylyn Beevers, who admitted that she asked the Muslim woman to leave the courtroom, now says she did not realize the head covering was worn for religious reasons.

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CAIR-Florida Calls for Probe of University Central Florida's Uncorroborated Xenophobic Emergency Alert

CAIR logo(ORLANDO, FL, 4/27/2016) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned a xenophobic alert sent out by the University of Central Florida (UCF) to their student and staff body via their UCF Emergency Alert mass messaging system earlier today at 3:50 p.m.

The alert read: *UCF ALERT* *UCF ALERT* POSSIBLE MIDDLE EASTERN GUN MAN/WOMAN IN UCF MAIN CAMPUS LIBRARY. AVOID THE AREA! (https://alert.ucf.edu/latest.php ) The uncorroborated alert was called off one hour later after it was found to be unsubstantiated.

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CAIR-Philadelphia Calls for Resignations of Anti-Muslim School Board Director, Other Directors Who Voted for Her

CAIR logo(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 4/26/16) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today called for the resignation of a Montoursville Area School Board Member Karen Wright, along with the resignations of five other board members who voted for her appointment, despite growing controversy over her Facebook posts indicating she is "officially against Muslims" and suggesting gays would turn children into "zombie fairies." Wright was elected April 12 and sworn in April 14.

Facebook posts by Wright include such statements as: "I am officially against Muslims," "I have seen nothing 'good' from the Muslim faith," "we do not want them in America," and "let's bring some more of these peace loving morons into America."

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CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of 21 Muslim Employees

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/26/16) - On Thursday, April 28, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 21 Somali-American Muslim employees against Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions.

Some of the employees will be present at the news conference.

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges Against Manufacturing Company and Temporary Staffing Agency
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 - Lower Level Conference Room
WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director, Amarita Singh, Esq., 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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