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(CLEVELAND, OH, 6/12/15) – The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today welcomed a municipal court judge’s ruling Thursday that there is probable cause to charge two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death last November of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Judge Ronald B. Adrine issued his ruling after local interfaith activists and community leaders, including CAIR-Cleveland, asked the court to find probable cause to arrest the officers involved in the shooting. Those who filed the request with the court have come to be known as the "Cleveland 8.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announced a Christian woman and a Muslim children’s author won a recent Instagram photo contests soliticing creative ways ordinary people can respond to rising Islamophobia.
CAIR announced the contests in conjunction with the launch its new Instagram account - @CAIR_National – and offered an Apple Watch and an iPad Mini for the most creative responses to the prompt, “Here is what I am doing to challenge Islamophobia.”
The Apple Watch went to Omar Khawaja of Virginia, the author of children’s books, such as “Ilyas & Duck: Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr,” highlighting Islamic themes.
CAIR awarded the iPad Mini to a Christian woman in Illinois who started SE7ENFAST, which invites Christians, Jews and “anyone else” to fast in solidarity with Muslims during Ramadan.
The website (http://www.se7enfast.com) states:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today rejected a bizarre claim by Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign that his Tennessee chair was “defending American law” when he smeared a Muslim woman state government appointee.
On Monday, CAIR urged Cruz to remove Kevin Kookogey as campaign chairman for Tennessee because of his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes.
In 2012, as chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, Kookogey oversaw the adoption of a resolution condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for appointing a Muslim lawyer to the state's Department of Economic and Community Development.
The resolution stated in part:
"Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution."
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/9/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz to remove Kevin Kookogey as his state chairman for Tennessee because of his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes.
“If Senator Cruz chooses to keep Mr. Kookogey on his campaign staff, it would serve as an endorsement of anti-Muslim hate,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “In the past few months, Senator Cruz has attended several conferences featuring notorious Islamophobes like Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney. Despite calls to distance himself from such anti-Muslim bigots, it seems that Senator Cruz is only drawing closer to hate-mongers.”
McCaw noted that in 2012 - as chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party - Kookogey oversaw the adoption of a resolution condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for appointing a Muslim lawyer to the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.