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CAIR: Hearing Friday in Case of Murdered Virginia Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/12/17) – On Friday, October 13, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference with the family of a murdered Virginia Muslim teen following a preliminary hearing in the case.

The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (4110 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030). CAIR and the family will hold an impromptu news conference outside the court following the hearing.

Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Va., was abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia allegedly by a man, Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, who was arrested on suspicion of murder. CAIR has called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.

SEE: Nabra Hassanen Murder Suspect Has Preliminary Date in Fairfax Court Friday

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

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 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.; 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-MN to Hold #NoMuslimBanEver Protests Across Minneapolis

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/12/2017) - - Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold several “#NoMuslimBanEver” protests across Minneapolis to bring awareness to the ongoing resistance to President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 3.0.”

The U.S. Supreme Court was expected to hear oral arguments on October 10 as to whether the Trump administration’s executive order violated the Constitution. However, the court last week cancelled oral arguments after the administration announced its new Muslim Ban 3.0.

WHEN: TODAY, Thursday October 12, 4:30-6 p.m.

WHERE: 10 locations across the Minneapolis PROTEST MAP: http://tinyurl.com/ProtestsMap

WHO: CAIR-MN and other community groups including but not limited to Anti-War committee and others.

 “This is the third iteration of the president's racist, unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim Ban,” said CAIR-MN's Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The president began his administration by excluding Muslims from the United States and is now expressing deep-seated prejudice toward other immigrant communities. His bias, bigotry, and discrimination continue to seep into his policies in violation of the Constitution, disrespecting our country’s history, laws and values.”

Hussein noted that this new Muslim ban, like the others, continues to affirm the discriminatory policies coming out of the Trump administration against people on the basis of their Muslim faith and/or national origin. He said adding two non-majority Muslim countries does not change the math or the intent of Trump’s new Muslim Ban when six out of eight targeted countries are Muslim majority.

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical

'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims 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 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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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-Michigan Files Department of Civil Rights Complaint on Behalf of Detroit Worker

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 10/11/17) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today filed a formal complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights on behalf of a Michigan Muslim who asserts being subjected to discrimination in the workplace.

The individual, who worked as a mechanic for Metro Cars, reports having faced discriminatory actions and racist remarks in the workplace. The actions include being subjected to selective disciplinary action and termination by co-workers and a supervisor who openly made bigoted, Islamophobic and racist remarks on the shop floor. 

"At no time should individuals have to work in an environment of racism and bigotry, nor should they fear termination solely on the basis of their religion," said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure.

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-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 313-405-9130

 

CAIR Calls on Congress to Probe Reports of Russian Attacks Against U.S. Muslims in 2016 Election

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/2017) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate committee leaders investigating the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election, requesting that they consider new reports that Russian operatives carried out online attacks against the American Muslim community.

READ CAIR’s LETTER

CAIR requested Congress investigate Russia’s use of social media and other online platforms, search engines and Internet advertising to coordinate hate rallies targeting American Muslims, smear immigrant communities and fraudulently impersonate at least one U.S. Muslim organization, all for the purpose of spreading disinformation, increasing Islamophobia and disrupting our nation’s social cohesion.

The letter was sent to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.                      

SEE: The Daily Beast: Exclusive: Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram.

SEE: CNN: Stoking Islamophobia and secession in Texas -- from an office in Russia.

In his letter, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, wrote in part:

“Using false accounts, Russian operatives executed a hostile disinformation campaign directed at American Muslims, whereby they impersonated an existing U.S. Muslim organization based in California -- United Muslims of America (UMA) -- spreading such disingenuous claims that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain help ‘created, funded and armed’ al-Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh). Other false claims included that Osama bin Laden was a ‘CIA agent.’

“This Russian-controlled Facebook account also bought advertisements on that platform to reach its target audience and announce rallies aimed at Muslim audiences. According to The Daily Beast, Russia used the ‘Twitter account ‘muslims_in_usa’ and the Instagram account ‘muslim_voice’ to pass along inflammatory memes under cover of the UMA.’

“By impersonating UMA, Russia operatives sought to: 1) create the false perception that American Muslim organizations promote anti-American conspiracy theories; 2) undermine American Muslim trust in the United States; while, 3) legitimizing Russia’s own disinformation campaign that the U.S. secretly founded and funds international terrorist organizations.

“At the same time, Russian operatives incited alt-right white supremacist audiences on Facebook by hosting anti-immigrant hate rallies that in part fostered hostility towards American Muslims. The Daily Beast reports that the Russian front organization ‘SecuredBorders,’ which had 133,000 followers, planned to host an August 2016 rally called “Citizens before refugees” in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“The rally’s tagline on Facebook included: ‘We must stop taking in Muslim refugees! We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees! All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!’. . .

“By hosting these anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant rallies, Russian operatives sought to increase Islamophobic sentiment and social division within the U.S. to the point that it endangered the safety and property of American Muslims.

“When a foreign nation like Russia feels emboldened to take on the identity of an American organization or business it threatens U.S. sovereignty and national security. It is unacceptable for the Russian government to interfere in our election by pushing American citizens to participate in hate-driven-events that advance the Kremlin’s agenda to create social division and Islamophobia within our great nation.

“CAIR shares your view that Russia’s interference in our election and media is also an attempt to compromise the integrity of the American democratic process. It is a violation of our nation’s election law that prohibit other nations or foreign nationals to contribute or donate anything of value to an election. The American people are entitled to knowing when a publicly trusted institution like the electoral process has been compromised and misused.

“We request your respective committees hold Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and other online platforms and companies to account demanding the public release of all information pertaining to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Moreover, we ask that you pursue in your investigations of Russia’s election interference its fraudulent impersonation of at least one U.S. Muslim group and organizing of anti-immigrant hate rallies targeting American Muslims and other communities.”

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.

 

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