Muslim civil rights group decries ‘almost daily’ attacks on Muslims, other minority groups
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslims civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime investigations of apparently bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims in Wisconsin and Texas.
CAIR said the incidents are part of “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.
In Milwaukee, Wis., a Muslim woman was attacked Monday morning as she walked home from prayer. The victim says a car pulled up alongside her, and a man who jumped out of the vehicle proceeded to attempt to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab. "He said to take my hijab, my scarf. I tried to fight him. 'Don't take my hijab,' you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal," said the victim. She also said that the alleged attacker used a knife to cut her jacket and arm.
In Dallas, Texas, it was recently revealed that University of Texas student government senators found copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, in the toilets of bathrooms after a March 28 student government meeting.
In Northern Virginia, vandals spray-painted Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-religious graffiti on a church and a Jewish community center.
“We are concerned about the almost daily hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority and faith communities, and about the lack of a response from national political leaders,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our leaders, and particularly those in policy-making positions, need to speak out against the exploitation of increasing divisions in American society that inevitably results in such incidents.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslims civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced its opposition to the confirmation of Mark E. Green as President Trump's new Army secretary because of his past Islamophobic statements.
The Trump administration announced Green’s nomination on Friday. Green is a retired Army officer and Tennessee state senator. [NOTE: The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is expected - at the earliest - to hold a confirmation hearing for Green sometime mid-to-late-May. The actual date of the confirmation hearing is subject to change.]
Green’s Past Islamophobic Statements:
Speaking at a Chattanooga Tea Party meeting in the fall of 2016, Green said it was “a great question,” when a man spoke of his worry regarding an armed insurrection by people who he claimed, “don’t belong here, like Muslims in the United States.”
Speaking at the same Tea Party event, Green said that only information about Islam that should be taught in public schools is “the history of the Ottoman empire” and “the assault of Islam out into the Levant and North Africa and into Constantinople. . .it was 1492 when Constantinople fell to the Muslim horde.”
Continuing at the Tea Party meeting, a person read out a paragraph from a textbook stating that Muslims believe in all the prophets in the Old and New Testament, to which Green replied, “We will not tolerate that.” Green also said, “When you start teaching the pillars of Islam. . .we will not tolerate that in this state.”
When speaking of his experiences proselytizing in Toronto in a Pakistani community, Green falsely claimed that Muslims do not believe that Jesus “was born from a virgin.”
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/12/2017) – On Saturday, April 15, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic. The clinic will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, family law, consumer debt, and employment.
WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Cloud Public Library, Bremer Community Room, 1300 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN
“This clinic will offer an opportunity for those with unaddressed legal issues to talk to an attorney free of charge," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/17) - The Council on American Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the Maryland State Senate's stripping down, and eventual withdrawal, of the Maryland TRUST Act.
The bill had been advocated by religious, immigrants and civil rights organizations - including CAIR, CASA, and the ACLU of Maryland. The original version of the TRUST Act was designed to provide some measure of protection for immigrant and Muslim communities from unconstitutional and unethical federal policies from the current administration.
Dozens of activists, immigrants' rights advocates and volunteers - galvanized primarily by CASA - worked for months to rally support for the bill, which passed the House in a watered-down form, but stalled in the Senate after pushback from Senate Committee Chair Bobby Zirkin and Senate President Thomas Miller, among others.
The bill had been perceived as a symbolic form of political resistance by many Democratic lawmakers. CAIR submitted both written and oral testimony in support, as well as entering into the record some 1,000 letters on behalf of area Muslims to state lawmakers.
"While we didn't see the outcome we desired on this bill, we are inspired by the unprecedented collaboration between Maryland's diverse communities and lawmakers," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We thank all of our allies - particularly at CASA - and the cosponsors and lawmakers in both chambers of the legislature who backed the TRUST Act."