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CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure Receives Human Rights Award from the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OKUHRA)

image1“Veronica Laizure has proven to be a staunch proponent of human rights in Oklahoma, and she spends her days and nights advocating for the rights of the Oklahoma Muslim community,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “This recognition, coming at a time of heightened civil rights challenges in our country, is well-deserved and serves as a reminder that we must honor those that protect our Constitutional rights as Americans.”

CAIR-AZ Executive Director Presented with ‘Community Luchador Award’

screenshot outlook.office.com 2017 12 10 10 32 20 987At the 7th annual LUCHA - Living United for Change in Arizona gala, CAIR-Arizona's Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi was a recipient of the organization's "Community Luchador Award."  LUCHA, an economic and social justice organization focused on minority families, presents the award to members of the community that embody the organization's mission and vision to pursue steadfast dedication to social justice in Arizona.

Siddiqi, who was the co-originator of the #NoBanNoWall hashtag, which became a global rallying cry in protest of the Trump administration's executive orders was honored by the presentation:  "It is truly humbling to be recognized by a group of peers who have done so much for the Arizona community.  Our organization looks forward to continue to build and collaborate with marginalized communities to help realize a better tomorrow for our state."

 

CAIR-Iowa Condemns Rep. King’s ‘Diversity is Not Our Strength’ Tweet as ‘Un-American’

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 12/9/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned as “un-American” a tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stating that "diversity is not our strength” as a nation.

King tweeted that claim along with a quote from Islamophobic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."

SEE: Dems Call on Reynolds to Remove King from Staff After 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' Tweet  

“Representative King’s clear rejection of the motto of the United States of America, ‘Out of many, one,’ is yet another example of his un-American support for Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

She noted that in the past, King tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," claimed it would be "sexist" and "racist" to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, uploaded a YouTube video in which he displayed a Confederate flag on his desk, defended displaying the Confederate flag in the South Carolina Capitol, and warned that immigration is turning the United States into "a third world country."

SEE: A History of Steve King's Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalist Rhetoric

Steve King: A History Of Racism

Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called on state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate a racist tweet by Rep. King. In a tweet supporting the Islamophobic extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who referred to people of Moroccan heritage in that nation as “scum,” King tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”

SEE: CAIR Calls on GOP to Repudiate Iowa Rep. Steve King’s ‘Racist’ Tweet

In 2015, CAIR-Iowa similarly condemned King’s bizarre claim that refugees who “do hajj to Mecca” cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Rep. Steve King's False Claim That Those Who ‘Do Hajj to Mecca’ Can’t Be Assimilated

CAIR has reported 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

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-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, 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 Goes to Court to Challenge Trump’s Muslim Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today went to court to challenge President Trump’s Muslim ban. #NoMuslimBanEver.

This morning, the entire Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on whether to uphold the Maryland district court’s decision to partially block the latest version of the ban. The Trump administration argued that the president’s anti-Muslim comments and tweets are irrelevant. 

The government continued to urge the court that once President Trump uses the words “national security” the court must accept that conclusion. On that point, Judge Pamela Harris commented that even with giving President Trump deference and construing his statements “in a light more favorable to the president, it’s a little tricky to find the national security rationale.”

SEE: Fourth Circuit Struggles with Trump's Tweets in Weighing Travel Ban

CAIR and others argued that the Muslim ban is discriminatory and that the president is acting to disfavor Islam in violation of the First Amendment. “Muslim Ban 3.0” seeks to re-write immigration laws in an attempt to block more than 150 million Muslims from even considering entering America. 

Today’s arguments follow the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging a Hawaii District Court order that also blocked Muslim Ban 3.0.  The Fourth Circuit is expected to issue a decision quickly. 

“CAIR continues to stand for freedom, equality and religious tolerance. We will not rest while President Trump’s Islamophobic prejudice unfairly separates American Muslims from their loved ones,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

Earlier this week, CAIR expressed deep concern over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality. 

CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed suit against President Trump's Muslim Ban on behalf of six American Muslims impacted by the immigration restrictions. Civil rights attorneys, including CAIR National attorney Gadeir Abbas, delivered oral arguments against the ban in mid-October.  

On appeal, this case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others and are jointly pending before the Fourth Circuit. 

Video: CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups Hold Presser After Md. Court Arguments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

In a broad ruling on October 18th, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang granted CAIR and other groups' request for a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from implementing its latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the United States. 

Judge Chuang ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to ultimately succeed in proving that anti-Muslim animus motivated the travel ban in violation of the Establishment Clause. He also noted that the ban violates federal law, which forbids the government from discriminating against visa applicants based on their nationality.

SEE: Second Judge Rules Against Latest Travel Ban, Saying Trump’s Own Words Show It Was Aimed at Muslims

CAIR welcomed a decision by another federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing the ban. The judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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