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Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh for Denying Requests to Disclose Confidential Voter Information

(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/4/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR) today welcomed the dissolution of a problematic voter fraud commission that raised concerns about voter suppression and was widely believed to discriminate against minority communities.

Several states, including Maryland, refused to supply voter data. CAIR’s Maryland outreach department thanked that state’s Attorney General Brian Frosh for denying requests to disclose confidential voter information.

SEE: Trump dissolves voter fraud commission; adviser says it went 'off the rails'

Maryland's election commissioner denied the request after Frosh robustly criticized the request as being designed to discourage and intimidate voters, and opined that disclosure of such classified voter information is prohibited by law.  

SEE: Maryland elections officials deny Trump request for voter data

15 states are refusing to hand over voter data to Trump's panned election commission — here's how every state has responded

In July 2017, Attorney General Frosh said in a statement:

“The assistant attorneys general representing the State Board of Elections have considered the request to the Board for the personal information of millions of voters and have determined that the requested disclosure is prohibited by law. I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.”

“We applaud the principled leadership of state officials like Maryland Attorney General Frosh who blocked voter suppression efforts and helped dismantle this commission by denying its requests for private voter data,” said CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “As Americans, we must all be free to exercise our right to vote without fear of sensitive information being publicized, collected, or used against us in any way.”

Established on May 11, the ‘Presidential Commission on Election Integrity’ was formed via executive order following Trump’s repeated unsubstantiated claims that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election due to millions of illegitimate votes. 

The commission’s appointed vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, had been successfully challenged in court numerous times over his voter suppression policies.

Civil rights organizations, including CAIR, were alarmed by reports that the commission was headed by individuals who favor voting restrictions rather than expanding access to the polls, and that the commission had a suppressive agenda that would make it more difficult for people to “register to vote, stay registered and cast ballots.”

Among the commission’s first actions was a request to a wide range of information about all registered voters in every state, including partial Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and voting history.

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

 

CAIR to Join Local, National Groups at January 11 White House Rally to Demand Gitmo Closure

screenshot www.facebook.com 2018 01 03 15 00 03 380(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/3/2018) – On January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo detainee attorneys, 9-11 family members, ex-military officials, and members of diverse faith communities at a rally in front of the White House to mark the 16th year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to stop torture. 

WHAT: Rally to Close Guantanamo and Stop Torture

WHEN: January 11, from 11:30 A.M to 1 P.M.

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

RSVP Facebook Event Page: Rally to Close Guantanamo and Stop Torture

https://www.facebook.com/events/2437676149790193/

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To request a CAIR “Close Guantanamo” Rally Poster, email CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “CAIR GITMO Poster,” no later than noon on Monday, January 8.                                                                     

The coalition rally will demand that the U.S. government close Guantanamo Bay prison camp, end indefinite detention, stop torture, and immediately transfer cleared detainees. The coalition will call for an end to these abuses and stand together to resist and dismantle institutionalized Islamophobia -- a system of oppression that uniquely targets Muslims and that has made it possible for the prison to be in operation for more than a decade and a half, with numerous prisoners, all Muslims, being detained without trial. The coalition will also call for a just resolution for all those detained at Guantanamo and for the immediate transfer of the five detainees who have already been cleared to leave.

“Americans who believe in the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution cannot stand idly by while our government indefinitely detains 41 men -- many of whom have families and children -- at Guantanamo without charge or trial. The major test of any nation’s commitment to the rule of law and due process is how well it protects the human rights and dignity of not only its citizens, but also of foreign prisoners in its custody. President Obama failed in his signature promise to close this prison. President Trump threatens to keep Guantanamo open and fill it up again. Now is the time for advocates of justice to seek the closure of this prison,” said Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations

More than a decade after they were first captured, 41 men are still detained at Guantanamo; they bear the physical and psychological scars of torture and abuse. Five detainees have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of Guantanamo, and the vast majority of the rest of the population has never been charged with or convicted of a crime. Yet they remain indefinitely detained with no end in sight.

Coalition members include: Amnesty International, Center for Constitutional Rights, Close Guantanamo, CodePink, Council on American - Islamic Relations, Defending Rights and Dissent, Justice for Muslims Collective, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, No More Guantanamos, Reprieve, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Witness Against Torture, World Can’t Wait.

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, 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.

 

CAIR: Trump’s Call for Imprisonment of Clinton Aide is Attempt to ‘Politicize’ DOJ

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/2018) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President Trump’s call to jail a former aide of Hillary Clinton is an attempt to politicize the Department of Justice.

In a tweet this morning, Trump called for the imprisonment of former State Department aide Huma Abedin and wrote derisively of the “Deep State Justice Dept.” CAIR noted that in a recent interview, Trump said: "I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department."

SEE: Trump Appears to Call for Huma Abedin, Ex-Clinton Aide, to Go to Jail

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/01/02/trump-appears-call-huma-abedin-ex-clinton-aide-go-jail/995489001/

“Calling for the imprisonment of political rivals is a clear attempt by President Trump to further politicize the Department of Justice,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Every American who values the constitutional guarantee of due process should be outraged by the president’s statements.”

McCaw noted that the president is already facing accusations of multiple instances of obstruction of justice.

SEE: 19 Times President Trump May Have Obstructed Justice

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/article/times-president-trump-obstructed-justice.html

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, 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.

 

CAIR-NY Welcomes Hate Crime Probe for Suspects Who Assaulted Muslim Woman, Shouted ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Go Back to your Country’

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/28/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the decision of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force to probe the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman in Brooklyn.

During the attack, the suspects allegedly punched, kicked and spat on Souad Kirama, a local Muslim community activist and parent advocate. The suspects also reportedly called Kirama a “terrorist” and told her to “go back to your country.”

The attack by 10-11 teenage suspects took place Tuesday afternoon, between 4 and 5 p.m. at the Panera Bread at 345 Adams Street in Brooklyn. The matter is currently under investigation by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force.

According to the victim, numerous patrons stood-by and did nothing during the attack. The victim’s Facebook Live video, which was recorded shortly after the attack, has already received more than 100,000 views.

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/skirama1/videos/10215074967215446/

“We are grateful that the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force has been so responsive to the Muslim community,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “It is intolerable to see so many New Yorkers do nothing in the face of this sort of hatred. At this moment, when Muslim New Yorkers are enduring a historic surge in hate crimes, we must all stand up when we see our neighbors being attacked.”  

New Yorkers are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR Says New FBI Hate Crimes Report Shows Need to Stand Up to Increasing Bigotry

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 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-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

 

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